The Pirates are now underdogs in the NL Central after being swept by St. Louis over the weekend. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
So it turns out being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals hurts your chances of winning the National League Central division.
The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped all three games at Busch Stadium this weekend, by a margin of 26-10, to move from odds-on division favorite to underdogs in the Central.
Let's look at the standings for the three-team fight:
St. Louis: 83-60
Pittsburgh: 81-61 (1.5 games back)
Cincinnati: 82-62 (1.5 games back)
The Pirates have a slight advantage over the Cincinnati Reds, given the Bucs' better winning percentage.
On to the odds!
Baseball Prospectus: 92-70 record, 18.8% division odds, 99.7% playoff odds
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