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First Pitch: Fire Neal Huntington? Let’s Keep Perspective

First Pitch: Fire Neal Huntington? Let’s Keep Perspective

The Pirates have been playing some horrible baseball lately. Five game losing streak. Two wins in their last ten games. Going 13-25 since the start of August. Take your pick, but either way the story is the same. The team is just playing terrible baseball. Some call it collapsing. I think of it as a regression from a team that probably was too streaky and not good enough to continue where they were at the end of July.

The Pirates aren't the only team struggling. Despite losing five in a row, they're still 2.5 games out of the wild card race, mostly because the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers are also struggling lately. But that small number doesn't matter as long as the team continues to lose the way they have been recently.

All of the recent struggles have taken a toll on Pirates fans. Going from playoff hopes in early August, to wondering if the team will finish over .500 in early September is tough. Seeing the team get swept by one of the worst teams in baseball, t...

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