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First Pitch: The Time to Play Like Contenders is Now

First Pitch: The Time to Play Like Contenders is Now

The Pirates have a very easy stretch of games coming up. In the next six games -- all at home -- they play two of the worst teams in baseball. That's a welcome sign, but it doesn't guarantee anything.

The Pirates have been slumping lately, losing to teams that contenders should be beating. They were just swept by Milwaukee in a three game series, one week after losing two of three to the Brewers. They were swept by the Padres last month in one series, and lost two of three in the other series. Those aren't the results you'd expect from a contender.

The good news is that other teams in the Wild Card hunt are also slumping. The Cardinals are 4-6 in their last ten games, keeping the Pirates 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. The Dodgers are 5-5 in their last ten games, putting them one game ahead of the Pirates in the race. The race for that second Wild Card spot is still a three team race, and fortunately for the Pirates, the other two teams are slumping at the same time, whic...

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