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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Pirates Playoff Odds Over 90 Percent with MLB’s Best Record
Jul01

Pirates Playoff Odds Over 90 Percent with MLB’s Best Record

The Pittsburgh Pirates not only have the best record in Major League Baseball, but also the best chance to make the MLB Playoffs. Every week we look at the projected standings from Baseball Prospectus, Clay Davenport and FanGraphs, three of the most reliable postseason projections. At the halfway point of the season the Pirates have a 91% chance to reach the playoffs, according to BP and Davenport. Before we delve into the numbers,...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Sweep Catapults Bucs Over 75 Percent
Jun24

Pirates Playoff Odds: Sweep Catapults Bucs Over 75 Percent

Five weeks ago, the Pirates’ chances of reaching the playoffs were at 40 percent. Since then, Pittsburgh has gone 22-13 and improved their average odds to almost 80 percent. That’s good police work, Lou. If the second Wild Card did not exist, the team’s odds would be about 50 percent. That’s what happens when baseball’s three most-winning teams are all in the same division. All right, reset. What do the...

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