The NL Central Comes Down to Game 162; Who Should Start a Tiebreaker Game?
Sep28

The NL Central Comes Down to Game 162; Who Should Start a Tiebreaker Game?

This has been a crazy season. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a horrible month of April, went back and forth all summer between being borderline contenders and borderline out of the race, lost a lot of key players for various stretches, had a horrible record against everyone in their division except the Cubs, and now we enter the final day of the season and they still have a shot at winning the division. The Pirates and Cardinals both lost...

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What Are the Odds of the Pirates Winning the NL Central?
Sep26

What Are the Odds of the Pirates Winning the NL Central?

We’re entering the final weekend of MLB’s 2014 season, and there is one division race that appears to be open. Technically, the Detroit Tigers haven’t clinched the AL Central yet, although they’re two games up, and the projections don’t give the Royals much of a chance to win the division. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates are sitting a game back in the NL Central from the St. Louis Cardinals, which makes...

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Playoff Race Update: Pirates Could Clinch Home Field in the Wild Card Tomorrow
Sep25

Playoff Race Update: Pirates Could Clinch Home Field in the Wild Card Tomorrow

The Pittsburgh Pirates completed a huge win against the Atlanta Braves tonight, winning 10-1 to pull within one game of the NL Central lead. It also pulled them closer to clinching home field in the Wild Card game. Here is the latest in the NL Central and Wild Card playoff races. NL Central Pirates 10, Braves 1 The Cardinals didn’t play today, which means the Pirates pulled to within one game of the NL Central. With three games...

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Playoff Race Update: Pirates Lose, But Don’t Lose Any Ground
Sep25

Playoff Race Update: Pirates Lose, But Don’t Lose Any Ground

The Pittsburgh Pirates clinched the post-season yesterday. Today they tried to get closer to the goal of winning the top Wild Card spot, or getting closer to winning the NL Central. That didn’t happen, as they lost 6-2 to the Atlanta Braves. However, everyone else lost, meaning the Pirates didn’t lose any ground. Here is an update on all of the races based on tonight’s results. NL Central Cubs 3, Cardinals 1 Braves...

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Playoff Race Update: Pirates Clinch the Playoffs; What’s Next?
Sep24

Playoff Race Update: Pirates Clinch the Playoffs; What’s Next?

One year ago today, the Pittsburgh Pirates clinched the post-season for the first time since 1992. Exactly one year later, they made it back to the playoffs, winning 3-2 over the Atlanta Braves. That, paired with a loss by the Milwaukee Brewers, was enough to clinch the post-season. The Pirates currently hold home field advantage in the Wild Card game, but might have a shot at improving their status. Here is an update on all of the...

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Can the Pirates Lock Down Home Field in the Wild Card Game?
Sep22

Can the Pirates Lock Down Home Field in the Wild Card Game?

Playoff projections are a funny thing. Early in the season, they can disagree with the standings completely, projecting something totally different to happen. As the season gets closer to an end, the projections become more obvious, pretty much reflecting the current standings exactly. That’s the case that we have today. When I posted the last update on Friday, the Pirates were one of five playoff contenders, but ranked fifth in...

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