It's not a secret that the Pirates haven't been playing their best baseball over the last several weeks. The team knows it, the Manager knows it, the fans know it, but what will be most critical is how they recover from it.

Pittsburgh posted a losing record in the month of August (11-17) after going an impressive 17-9 in their hot month of July. Over their last 20 games, the club has gone just 6-14. Throughout the season when their offense wasn't consistent, their pitching picked the team up. And vice versa when the arms on the mound struggled, the offense found ways to battle back and do big things with the swing of the bat. But lately, neither has been consistent and it's created a domino effect.

"There’s a trust element that’s unique in this game," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "And ...

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