Pirates Notebook: The Most Important Game All Season
Sep20

Pirates Notebook: The Most Important Game All Season

Today, separated each by a single game, the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Cincinnati Reds. Each team holds  a wild card spot and if the season ended today, the Pirates would play the Reds in the one-game Wild Card game to earn the right to play a five-game series against the Atlanta Braves. If one were to say tonight’s game is possibly the most important one this season, that person wouldn’t be totally wrong in the eyes of...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Close to Clinching, But Division Underdogs
Sep19

Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Close to Clinching, But Division Underdogs

The Pirates are making the playoffs, barring an unprecedented disaster. Pittsburgh’s postseason odds are at 99.6 percent, meaning there is a 1-in-250-chance the Bucs are shut out of the playoffs. However, posting an 8-9 September record that includes being swept in St. Louis has pushed the Pirates from being favorites in the NL Central division (12.4 percent odds). There is a 78-percent chance the NL Wild Card game will be a...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: NL Central Could Be St. Louis-Pittsburgh Dead Heat
Aug20

Pirates Playoff Odds: NL Central Could Be St. Louis-Pittsburgh Dead Heat

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a 98-percent chance to make the playoffs and a 36-percent chance to win the National League Central division, according to combined odds from Baseball Prospectus and Clay Davenport. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington says he does not even glance at the NL Wild Card standings. “I really don’t look at standings, actually, because my focus is doing everything we can to prepare,”...

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Locke, Pirates Eke Out 3-2 Win Over Reds to Avoid Sweep
Jul21

Locke, Pirates Eke Out 3-2 Win Over Reds to Avoid Sweep

Jeff Locke does not suck. I wrote two months ago that Locke would not continue to dominate as he dominated the early part of the season. What he has done in those two months surprised me: he kept pitching to prevent runs. Locke’s winning performance in the Pirates’ 3-2 Sunday victory in Cincinnati was indicative of the type of pitcher he is becoming. His control remains rough as he walked 4 of 22 batters and allowed his...

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Pirates Strand More Runners in 5-3 Loss to Reds
Jul20

Pirates Strand More Runners in 5-3 Loss to Reds

Losing in Cincinnati does not harm Pittsburgh’s playoff chances as much as one might think. The Reds and Pirates are still on a collision course for the NL Wild Card Playoff (43% chance this is the Coin Flip Game matchup), and even after a loss the Bucs are still 8.5 games ahead of being out of the postseason picture. However, the dropping Friday night’s game 5-3 showed one of the Pirates’ major weaknesses and hurt...

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