The second half of the MLB season begins tomorrow, and the latest playoff projections have the Pittsburgh Pirates still listed as contenders. Last week they were moving up the list, but this week they were bumped back down after struggling against the Reds and Cardinals. Winning against their own division has been an issue, which I'll go into below.

Each week we will break down the playoff odds and projections from the top three projection sites: Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs and ClayDavenport.com. Here are the latest projections.

Baseball Prospectus: 82.7 wins, 79.3 losses, 25.3% chance to make playoffs

The Baseball Prospectus odds dropped by about one win after the Pirates struggled against the Reds and the Cardinals. Their chances of making the playoffs went down from 32.1% la...

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