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First Pitch: Why Do the Pirates Lose to Bad Teams Right Before Playing Good Teams?

First Pitch: Why Do the Pirates Lose to Bad Teams Right Before Playing Good Teams?

Gerrit Cole will take the mound tomorrow to try and snap a three game losing streak. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost three in a row to the San Diego Padres, which means you're going to hear a lot of questions that you've heard in the past. The main question will be "how can they win against the Reds if they can't even beat the Padres?"

If that sounds familiar, it's probably because it's very similar to these questions.

"How can they beat the Cardinals after dropping two of three to Miami?" (The Pirates went on to win the next four against the Cardinals.)

"How can they beat the Cardinals after being swept by the Rockies?" (Granted they went 1-2 that time against the Cardinals.)

"How can they beat the Cardinals after losing two of three to the Brewers?" (This time they won 2-for-3 against St. Louis.)

"They're going to get swept by the Rangers after being swept by the Cardinals." (They swept the Rangers.)

This isn't how baseball works. The...

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