Latest Playoff Odds Have the Pirates as a Near-Lock For the Post-Season
Sep19

Latest Playoff Odds Have the Pirates as a Near-Lock For the Post-Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been capitalizing on their easy schedule at the end of the 2014 season. They took on the Cubs and the Red Sox in the last week, going 5-1. That follows a week where they went 6-1 against the Cubs and Phillies, leading to a combined 11-2 stretch over the last two weeks. As a result, they’ve seen their playoff odds soar by about 60-70 percentage points in that time span, to the point where they are now...

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Playoff Odds: Pirates Getting Hot at the Right Time
Sep12

Playoff Odds: Pirates Getting Hot at the Right Time

The past week went about as good as you could hope for when it comes to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ playoff chances. The Pirates went 6-1 against the Cubs and Phillies. Meanwhile, the Braves went 2-4, the Brewers went 3-4, and the Cardinals went 3-4, including going 1-3 against the Reds. As a result, the Pirates enter the weekend with a 1.5 game lead in the second Wild Card spot, and sit 2.5 games back in the NL Central. The playoff...

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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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