Re: What to make of this stat?
From a Pythag standpoint, the Reds are just about where they should be. Technically their run differential would have them at 89-64, but this isn't an exact science.
The Pirates are flat out playing lucky. Technically they should be 81-71. Pretty much every season you get a team or two that plays lucky. This year it's the Pirates. They're still a decent team, but they don't have much business hanging with the Reds and Cardinals.
On a tangential note, last night Andrew McCutchen became only the second Pirate in history to post three consecutive 20-20 seasons. The first was some guy named Bonds. Blew my mind that that franchise has had such a dearth of consistent power-speed players.
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