All-Star Andrew McCutchen is projected to be the Pirates' MVP the rest of 2013. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Even though a 2-4 week is not a precursor to COLLAPSE 3.0: THE COLLAPSENING, every loss affects the Pirates' chances of making the playoffs. With the team projected to win 91 games, every additional win or loss has a distinct effect on the playoff odds.

The Pirates have a 86% chance to make the playoffs, a drop of five percentage points from last week. On this day last year, the team had a 36% chance of reaching the postseason. All three projection systems see the Pirates going 38-37 over the rest of the season to win 91 games. Now it's a whole new season, especially when you look at the standings:

National League
1. Pittsburgh: 53-34 (NL Central Co-Leader)
1. St. Louis: 5...

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