Archive for August 12th, 2006

12
Aug
06

Avoiding a 100 loss season

This afternoon I was looking at information about the Pirates on baseball-alamanac.com and I discovered some interesting facts. Check it out for yourself here. It lists all the 100+ win seasons and all the 100+ loss seasons. The last 100 loss season came in 2001 under Lloyd McClendon. The Pirates’ unfortunate performance this season led me to wonder whether they would be able to avoid the dubious distinction this year. At the time of this writing, the Pirates’ record stands at 43-73, for a total of 116 games played thus far this season. Given that the season is 162 games long, this leaves 46 to be played. With 73 losses so far, the Pirates can lose at most 26 more games and still remain below the 100 loss threshold. This means they need to win at least 20 of the 46 games that remain, for a win percentage of .435. Right now the Pirates’ win percentage for the whole season sits at .371 while their win percentage since the All-Star Break sits at .500. I’m hopeful that the Pirates will be able to avoid the sting of a 100+ loss season and given their performance since the All-Star Break, I don’t think this hope is unfounded.




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