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 Post subject: Whom to root for - August 15-17, 2014
PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:03 am 
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As of right now, with 41 games left in the schedule, here's how the boys in black-and-gold stack up against the competition:

DIVISIONAL RACE
Brewers: The Pirates have played one less game than the Brewers and are trailing the Brewers by 2 games in the loss column. Because of the Brewers splitting their 4 games series with the Cubs, the Pirates lost no ground to the Brewers as a result of the Tigers series. They have 6 head to head games left. The Pirates trail the season series to the Brewers 3-10. Thus, the Brewers have clinched the advantage in any tiebreaker.
Cardinals: The Pirates have played one more game than the Cardinals and are trailing the Cardinals by 1 game in the loss column. Thanks to the Marlins taking 2 of 3 from the Cardinals, the Pirates lost no ground to the Cardinals as a result of the Tigers series. They have 6 head to head games left. The Pirates trail the season series to the Cardinals 6-7.
Reds: The Pirates and Reds have played the same number of games. The Pirates are ahead of the Reds by 4 in the loss column. The Reds lost a game in the loss column to the Pirates during the Tigers series. They have 6 head to head games left, including the last 3 games of the year (at Great American Bandbox). The Pirates trail the season series to the Reds 4-9. Thus, the Pirates must win the final six games to gain any tiebreak advantage against the Reds.

WILDCARD RACE
Giants: The Pirates have played one game more than the Giants and are tied with the Giants in the loss column. The Giants played two games (going 1-1) during the Tigers series and, as a result, the Pirates lost a game in the loss column to the Giants. They have no more games against one another. The Pirates won the season series 4-2 and hold a tiebreak advantage over the Giants.
Braves: The Pirates have played the same number of games as the Braves and are ahead of the Braves by 3 in the loss column. Thanks to the Dodgers taking 3 of 4 from Atlanta, the Pirates gained a game in the loss column during the Tigers series. They have not played each other this year. They have seven games remaining over the next two months.
Cardinals: The Pirates have played one more game than the Cardinals and are trailing the Cardinals by 1 game in the loss column. Thanks to the Marlins taking 2 of 3 from the Cardinals, the Pirates lost no ground to the Cardinals as a result of the Tigers series. They have 6 head to head games left. The Pirates trail the season series to the Cardinals 6-7.
Reds: The Pirates and Reds have played the same number of games. The Pirates are ahead of the Reds by 4 in the loss column. The Reds lost a game in the loss column to the Pirates during the Tigers series. They have 6 head to head games left, including the last 3 games of the year (at Great American Bandbox). The Pirates trail the season series to the Reds 4-9. Thus, the Pirates must win the final six games to gain any tiebreak advantage against the Reds.

UPCOMING THREE DAYS:

The Brewers start a three game set against the Dodgers tonight in Los Angeles. They will face Greinke, Kershaw and Haren. This one is easy. The Dodgers are going to win the NL West. It makes zero sense for Pirate fans to hope that Dodgers lose games to any contender from the NL Central. A Dodgers sweep would be ideal. However, we need for the Dodgers to take at least 2 of 3. I love the pitching match ups and will be staying up late watching these games.

Cardinals won game #1 of a four game set with the Padres last night. The Padres' offense is awful but the Cardinals offense is struggling as well. Fortunately for Pirate fans, both Ross and Hahn will be throwing over the weekend for the Padres. Maybe, just maybe, the Padres can win a couple of low scoring affairs. Bottom line? Cardinal fans have to be looking at this series coupled with the Brewers/Dodgers and Pirates/Nationals and saying to themselves "its a good weekend to gain some ground." Let's hope that the Padres pull the same stunt on the road that they did in PNC Park.

The Reds lost game #1 of a four game set in Colorado last night. At risk of being an alarmist, it appears that the Reds are in trouble. They sit a 60-61 and would need to go 28-13 just to get to 88 wins. The head-to-head NL Central games are going to be brutal for the Reds, Cardinals, Brewers and Pirates. The Reds don't have Votto. They don't have Phillips. Yes, they are only 4 games off the pace in the Wildcard hunt but they are not trending in the right direction. The Rockies, as we have seen, are a different team at home. Yet, Tulowitski is now done for the year and the latest news has Carlos Gonzalez done for the year. Looks like it will be eminently difficult for the Rockies to play the spoiler role during the last quarter of the season. It would be nice to see them take 2 of the last 3. The Reds travel to St. Louis after visiting Colorado and it would be great to see them 2 games under .500 at the beginning of that series.

The Giants may still be reeling but caught a break with the ridiculous application of Rule 7.13. It opened the doors to them splitting the series with the White Sox and they draw the Phillies at home this weekend. The Giants draw Cole Hamels tonight but the pitching match-ups are favorable for the home team on Saturday and Sunday. If you take a peek at the Giants' remaining schedule, you'll know why I'm typing this . . . we need Giants' opponents to play above their heads and make life tough. 13 of the Giants last 19 games are against the D'Backs and Padres. 23 of their last 42 are against the Padres, Cubs, Rockies and D'Backs. It is the easiest schedule - by far - of any of the remaining contending teams. Big Phillies fan this weekend. Huge.

The Braves are reeling just as badly as the Reds right now and sit one game above .500. Like the Giants, the Braves play in a top loaded division and, in theory, could feast against the lower teams in their division during the last month and a half. However, upon closer look at their schedule, the Braves are likely in trouble. 7 games with the Pirates, 4 games with the Reds, 6 games with the Nationals, 6 against the Marlines (who are only one game behind them) and . . . a three game set this weekend against the A's. That's not remotely comparable to the ease of the Giants' schedule. The poor hitting Braves draw Hammel, Gray and Lester this weekend. That's great news for Pirates fans. I'm looking for the A's to hammer the Braves this weekend and to have the Braves come limping into PNC Park on Monday.

The Indianapolis Indians on Saturday. Cole will be on the mound. It would be really nice to see 7 solid innings and 90+ pitches and no unusual pain or discomfort on Sunday. An effective Garritt Cole on the mound for the stretch run would serve as a big boost to playoff chances.

As noted in the "Life Without McCutchen" thread, the Pirates have only lost ground to the Brewers during the 10 games that he has been out of the lineup. And they've only lost one game in the standings to the Brewers. That's fairly remarkable considering that McCutchen and Walker have been absent in those 10 games. They've actually gained on the Braves, Giants and Reds and stayed even with the Cardinals. Walker appears to be on the verge of returning. Hopefully, McCutchen is back on Tuesday or Wednesday for the Braves. I'm hoping for a series win against the Nationals this weekend but I continue to hope that they can tread water, stay afloat and be in a decent contending position for the last 35 games of the year. As of right now, my money is on the Giants getting one of the wildcard slots and that a team from the NL Central team will grab the other wildcard slot. The Bucs need to win at least one game this weekend. Can't absorb a sweep. A series loss won't be the end of the world . . . but a sweep would be a tough blow. Real tough.

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 Post subject: Re: Whom to root for - August 15-17, 2014
PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:58 pm 
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These threads are great, by the way. Thanks for doing them!


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 Post subject: Re: Whom to root for - August 15-17, 2014
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Outstanding info 9. Friendly read. Thank you.


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 Post subject: Whom to root for - August 18-20, 2014
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DELETED . . . wrong thread.

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