Pirates Still Playoff Contenders, But Need to Beat Their Own Division
Jul17

Pirates Still Playoff Contenders, But Need to Beat Their Own Division

The second half of the MLB season begins tomorrow, and the latest playoff projections have the Pittsburgh Pirates still listed as contenders. Last week they were moving up the list, but this week they were bumped back down after struggling against the Reds and Cardinals. Winning against their own division has been an issue, which I’ll go into below. Each week we will break down the playoff odds and projections from the top three...

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Pirates Are Moving Closer to the Wild Card in Latest Playoff Projections
Jul07

Pirates Are Moving Closer to the Wild Card in Latest Playoff Projections

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a big week this past week, going 5-1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Philadelphia Phillies. The results showed up in the playoff projections, leading to a big increase in the Pirates’ odds going forward. Just last week I wrote about how the Pirates managed to creep back into the playoff picture. Now they’re in the process of moving up the list of playoff contenders. Each week we will...

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The Pirates Are Creeping Back into the Playoff Race
Jun30

The Pirates Are Creeping Back into the Playoff Race

It has been two months since the last update in the playoff odds series. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a horrible start to the season in the month of April, and by the end of the month, they no longer projected as playoff contenders. After some strong play in May and June, they find themselves two games above .500, 1.5 games out of the Wild Card spot, and once again getting good odds to make the post-season. Each week we will break down...

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Polanco Debuts to Warm Reception, Lukewarm Start
Jun11

Polanco Debuts to Warm Reception, Lukewarm Start

Pirates fans’ spirits would have been lifted if Gregory Polanco threw out a Cubs baserunner at home plate, swiped a base or two, or… I don’t know… hit a baseball into orbit. None of those happened, and that last one has probably never happened. Instead, Polanco ended his Major League debut 1-for-5, striking out once and scoring on Andrew McCutchen’s 3rd-inning home run. It was a regular-sized box score...

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The Pirates Are No Longer Projected as Playoff Contenders
Apr28

The Pirates Are No Longer Projected as Playoff Contenders

The first three series of the year went great for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They went 2-1 each time, finishing with a 6-3 record and looking like they could be on their way to contending once again. Then they were swept by the Brewers, and since that 6-3 start, they have gone 4-13. In the process, they’ve fallen from one of the top seven teams in the playoff odds, to a team that is unanimously projected to finish the season with...

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Brewers Jump Past the Pirates in the Latest Playoff Odds
Apr14

Brewers Jump Past the Pirates in the Latest Playoff Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a tough week, getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend to drop to 2-4. That also saw a drop in their playoff odds across the board. At this point in the season, the playoff projections are going to be extremely volatile. A big week will see a big jump in the projected standings, while a bad week will see a big drop. As an example of how small sample sizes can dominate early season analysis,...

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