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First Pitch: The Start of a Collapse, or the End of Some Bad Luck?

First Pitch: The Start of a Collapse, or the End of Some Bad Luck?

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their seventh game in a row tonight. Call off the rest of the season. The collapse is starting. And all of the other things that are said any time the Pirates go in a slump.

Of course we could also look at how the Milwaukee Brewers lost seven in a row in early July. One month later, the Brewers find themselves in first place in the NL Central, sitting 2.5 games ahead of the Cardinals, and currently riding a five game winning streak. It's almost like a seven game losing streak in a 162 game season DOESN'T mean the end of the season.

So what does this losing streak mean?

For one, it means the Pirates are probably going to play poorly when they're missing their MVP, their starting second baseman, and their starting shortstop at various times. Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, and Jordy Mercer were all in tonight's game. However, Mercer missed the previous four games, McCutchen missed the first six games, and Walker missed three of the six games. Tonight w...

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