Pirates Still in Playoff Picture, Thanks to Horrible Second NL Wild Card Race
Sep05

Pirates Still in Playoff Picture, Thanks to Horrible Second NL Wild Card Race

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost a huge series this week, getting swept by the St. Louis Cardinals. As a result, they dropped in the projected standings, and are currently last in the projected contenders list below. The good news is that Milwaukee is riding a nine game losing streak, and the Braves have been playing .500 ball for quite some time. So while the Pirates were hurt by this last week, they certainly aren’t out of the...

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Fastball Command is Key for Francisco Liriano
Aug31

Fastball Command is Key for Francisco Liriano

Over his career, Francisco Liriano has proven to be an exceptionally volatile pitcher. One start, he’s dominating, generating numerous swings and misses. The next, he can’t find the strike zone. In his last start against Cardinals, Liriano put together an outing which was typical of him last season, when he struck out 163 in 161 innings and posted a 3.02 ERA. In six innings he allowed zero runs, four hits, and struck out eight. The...

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Clint Hurdle on Marte’s Improvement, Harrison’s Hustle, and Hitting Leake
Aug29

Clint Hurdle on Marte’s Improvement, Harrison’s Hustle, and Hitting Leake

Starling Marte has been a huge spark to the Pittsburgh Pirates offense this month, as he has batted .363, with a 1.046 OPS in August. Clint Hurdle attributed his success to taking a better approach at the plate. “He’s become more confident in the box, understanding that there’s a game going on other than just trying to get a hit,” Hurdle said. Hurdle also added that he’s been more stubborn with his approach in the batter’s box. “The...

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Playoff Odds: Pirates Stay Alive With Big Week Against the Cardinals and Brewers
Aug28

Playoff Odds: Pirates Stay Alive With Big Week Against the Cardinals and Brewers

Last week I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Pirates needed a big week against the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals in order to remain in the playoff hunt. The Pirates responded well, taking 4 of 6 against those teams, and winning both series. That pulled them closer to the playoffs, but according to the latest projections, there is still work to be done. The playoff odds and projections come from the top three projection...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Impact of the Losing Streak and the Most Important Week Coming Up
Aug22

Pirates Playoff Odds: Impact of the Losing Streak and the Most Important Week Coming Up

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a horrible week. They went 1-5 since last week’s playoff odds update, and to make matters worse, all of the other teams in the race around them had good weeks. Milwaukee went 4-1. St. Louis went 5-1. Atlanta went 6-1. San Francisco went 4-2. As you could expect, the playoff odds plummeted. In last week’s projections, the Pirates were holding on to the second Wild Card spot. In this...

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Even With McCutchen and Walker Injured, Pirates Still Projected For the Playoffs
Aug15

Even With McCutchen and Walker Injured, Pirates Still Projected For the Playoffs

I held off on doing a playoff odds update last week because I was waiting to see how things might change with Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker likely heading to the disabled list. And then neither player went on the DL. McCutchen eventually was placed on the DL, although that happened this week. It doesn’t look like Walker is going to be placed on the DL at all. Meanwhile, the Pirates have found a way to continue winning, going...

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