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First Pitch: The Cardinals Have No Advantage Over the Pirates

First Pitch: The Cardinals Have No Advantage Over the Pirates

Each time the Pirates have played the Cardinals this year, the popular opinion has been that the Cardinals will be nearly unbeatable. Granted, a lot of the matchups between the two teams were preceded by the Pirates losing against bad opponents, which led to questions about how they could beat a good opponent.

The Cardinals were the number one seed in the National League, so viewing them as a difficult opponent is totally natural. But there has been a lot of disbelief in the Pirates this year, to the point that they're not seen as a good team like the Cardinals. Let's review the facts:

**The Cardinals finished with 97 wins.

**The Pirates finished with 94 wins.

**The Pirates went 10-9 against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals won three more games than the Pirates, and in the head to head matchup the Pirates edged out St. Louis. All year this has been a matchup seen as favoring the Cardinals, but the truth is that these two teams are pretty much even. Pirates fans will focus on...

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