You could call it a collapse. You could call it a regression. You could use whatever word you want. I think all Pirates fans would agree that one word fits the most: disappointing.
Whether the Pirates were legitimately as good as they played through the month of July, the fact is that they were 59-44 heading in to August. They probably aren't as good as their June and July numbers, and we couldn't expect that going forward. But they did have an advantage: an easy schedule.
The final two months were loaded with games against the Cubs, Astros, Padres, Mets, and other teams with poor records. The Pirates didn't have to do much to continue their winning ways. The schedule was giving them a big advantage. But they haven't capitalized on that advantage. Take a look at the following records against the teams with losing records since August 1st.
San Diego Padres (69-75): 1-5
Chicago Cubs (57-87): 1-4
Houston Astros (46-99): 2-1
Those games against the Padres and Cubs really ...
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