The Trade Deadline Doesn’t Really Change Playoff Odds
Aug01

The Trade Deadline Doesn’t Really Change Playoff Odds

On Wednesday, I took a look at the NL playoff odds, to get a snapshot of how the National League contenders looked before the trade deadline. Today we’ll take a look at how each team has improved since then. One note I’ll add before we look at the changes is that these also reflect what has happened over the last two days. For example, the Pirates lost two games, with one of them coming against the Giants, who are big...

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How Jon Lester Could Impact a Very Close NL Playoff Race
Jul30

How Jon Lester Could Impact a Very Close NL Playoff Race

Normally we only do one playoff projection each week. In last Friday’s update, the Pirates had the sixth best odds of making the post season, and were sitting just outside of the second Wild Card spot. Since then, they’ve gone 3-2, with two big wins against the NL Wild Card contending San Francisco Giants. That has given the Pirates a slight jump in the projections this week. The purpose of this update isn’t to...

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Success in Upcoming Road Trip Could Have Pirates Projected For the Playoffs
Jul25

Success in Upcoming Road Trip Could Have Pirates Projected For the Playoffs

The Pittsburgh Pirates are coming off a nice week where they went 5-1 against the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The big victory came when they took two out of three against the Dodgers, which probably wasn’t expected. As a result, the Pirates saw their chances of making the playoffs increase in all of the projection systems. They’re still on the outside looking in, but the gap between the Pirates and the...

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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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