How the Playoffs Line Up For the Pittsburgh Pirates
Sep30

How the Playoffs Line Up For the Pittsburgh Pirates

Tomorrow the Pittsburgh Pirates will play their first playoff game since 1992, and their first playoff game ever at PNC Park. Some will stick with a “one game at a time” approach, and won’t appreciate looking ahead to the rest of the playoffs. However, the advantage I have is that my writing and looking ahead has zero impact on what the Pirates do on the field. Therefore, let’s take this opportunity to look at...

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Playoff Race Updates: Cardinals Close to Taking the Top Seed
Sep28

Playoff Race Updates: Cardinals Close to Taking the Top Seed

In order for the Pirates to clinch the NL Central, they needed to sweep the Reds, have the Cubs sweep the Cardinals, and then win a one game tiebreaker on Monday against St. Louis. Basically, we knew that the Cardinals were going to win. And tonight they clinched it early with a 7-0 win over the Cubs. Wild Card Pirates 8, Reds 3 The Pirates win gave them home field in the Wild Card game against the Reds on Tuesday. That game will be...

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Playoff Race Update: Cardinals Clinch the NL Central
Sep28

Playoff Race Update: Cardinals Clinch the NL Central

In order for the Pirates to clinch the NL Central, they needed to sweep the Reds, have the Cubs sweep the Cardinals, and then win a one game tiebreaker on Monday against St. Louis. Basically, we knew that the Cardinals were going to win. And tonight they clinched it early with a 7-0 win over the Cubs. NL Central Cardinals 7, Cubs 0 Pirates 4, Reds 1 The Cardinals clinched the division. Wild Card Pirates 4, Reds 1 The Pirates need to...

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Playoff Race Update: This Weekend Determines Home Field in the WC Game
Sep25

Playoff Race Update: This Weekend Determines Home Field in the WC Game

The Pirates had a chance to go up two games on the Reds today. Cincinnati lost 1-0 to the Mets, but the Pirates lost to the Cubs after a Darnell McDonald three run homer. The two game lead would have been significant, as it would have meant the Pirates would have only needed one win this weekend against the Reds for home field advantage in the Wild Card game. Below are the scenarios for the division and home field advantage in the...

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Playoff Race Update: Pirates Take The Lead For WC Home Field Advantage
Sep24

Playoff Race Update: Pirates Take The Lead For WC Home Field Advantage

Last night the Pirates and Reds clinched the playoffs. Now the only races to watch are the NL Central race, and who will get home field in the Wild Card game. The Cardinals won again tonight as Michael Wacha came one out away from a no hitter. They kept their two game lead, and as outlined below, it will be hard to catch them in their final four games. The Pirates beat up on the Cubs, while the Reds lost to the Mets 4-2, with Vic...

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Playoff Race Update: Pirates Clinch the Playoffs
Sep23

Playoff Race Update: Pirates Clinch the Playoffs

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs in dramatic fashion tonight. Not long after, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals, which led to the Pirates clinching the playoffs. It would have been better if the Nationals would have won, since that would have moved the Pirates closer to first in the NL Central. But now the playoffs are official. The Pirates still have a shot at the division, but no matter what...

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