20
Jul
06

Pirates break symmetry but keep winning

The day I wrote my last entry, the Pirates lost, thus breaking the symmetry I had pointed out. However, they have won the two games they have played since then, bringing their record to 5-2 since the All-Star Break. Interestingly, in the 7 games prior to the All-Star Break, the Pirates went 2-5, so, while the game-for-game symmetry has been broken, in aggregate, over corresponding periods, the Pirates are still matching pre-All-Star Break losses with post-All-Star Break wins. Let’s hope we see this trend continue. They’ve got another 6 road games against beatable teams (3 more against the Marlins and 3 against the Brewers) before they have another home stand. The first home series is against the Giants, whom they manhandled earlier this season in San Francisco. Given the Pirates’ strong performances against the Brewers (including a 4-game series sweep earlier this season) and Giants, I think we may see the Pirates continue to rack up wins over the next few series.

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