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┬áSan 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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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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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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Pirates Notebook Exclusive: Jeff Locke “Stands Behind” Lack of Trades
Aug03

Pirates Notebook Exclusive: Jeff Locke “Stands Behind” Lack of Trades

We just really wanted to use the word exclusive, because it looks fancier than “one-on-one.” Starting pitcher Jeff Locke has a unique perspective on the Pirates organization. The 25-year-old was drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves, and he spent 3.5 years pitching for the winning franchise before joining the Pirates in the Nate McLouth trade. Locke then spent the next 3.5 years in Pittsburgh’s minor...

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Pirates Notebook: Doubleheader Presents Important Opportunity for NL Central
Jul30

Pirates Notebook: Doubleheader Presents Important Opportunity for NL Central

Fans packed the sidewalk in front of PNC Park’s home plate rotunda, backed up all the way onto Mazeroski Way trying to enter the ballpark for the most important day in Pittsburgh baseball since 1992. And yes, it will be more important than Wednesday or Thursday or any single day the Pirates play at PNC Park until October. Getting two games against the St. Louis Cardinals and the opportunity to jump into the driver’s seat...

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