I took some heat on Twitter -- what else is new -- for my statement Tuesday that the Pirates couldn't have picked a better time to put up an 8-2 stretch.

"But what if they're in a pennant chase and they need a strong finish to win the division?"

Indeed, what if? Of course, if the Pirates are involved in any kind of race to the postseason, the final 10 games will turn out to be more important than the first 10 games.

But you can't get there without winning here first.

If we all believe the Baseball Prospectus projections that put the Pirates as a 78-win 'true talent' team, then they 'should' compile between four and five wins in any given 10-game stretch. We all realize this is ridiculously simplistic and baseball doesn't work that way, but humor this thought experiment for a fe...

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