The Pirates are probably not making the playoffs this year.

You could probably determine that on your own, even after a welcomed series win in Denver kept them from sinking back under the .500 mark. FanGraphs has their playoff odds at just under 12 percent after Wednesday's win, but you could surmise that from a glance at the standings.

Still three teams between them and the National League's second wild card position. Still five games separating them from the postseason zone. Still very much a long shot to head into the final week of the season with something tangible to play for.

But if you can pardon my big-picture perspective here, what happens over the next two months doesn't matter much if a World Series is what the Pirates are after.

If we're all honest with ourselves, t...

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