Acquiring Marlon Byrd did not swing the playoff odds too much, but Wednesday night's win certainly did. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

It would take a Hindenburg-esque crash for the Pirates to miss the MLB postseason (98-percent chance Bucs make it), but it is unlikely they will take the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals (32 percent).

The Bucs can shoulder some blame. The Pirates are 12-13 in August, a month that started with their 13-0 loss to the Cards. Meanwhile, St. Louis has rolled off a 16-11 record since the July 31 trade deadline, including those two extra-innings wins over Pittsburgh at Busch Stadium.

It takes two to tango for a division.

Take a look at the standings --

National League Central

St. Louis: 78-55
Pittsburgh: 77-55 (0.5 games back)
Cincinnati...

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