The MLB regular season is designed for the best teams to come out ahead over a 162 game schedule. It's hard to luck into a winning record or a playoff spot with that many games played. When it comes to the playoffs, the best team doesn't always win. Most of the time the winning team is the team that gets hot at the right time. Anything can happen in a best of five, best of seven, or a one game playoff series.

For the Pirates, the playoffs have started early. They're currently one game back in the NL Central. They're one game up over the Cincinnati Reds for the top Wild Card spot. Today they start the final stretch of the season, which features six of the final nine games against the Reds. The Pirates need to win as many as possible to finish as high as possible. Ideally that would invol...

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