The Pirates have lost four of their last six games, losing a series each to the Phillies and Cubs. That sent the team plummeting to having the best record in baseball still, even after those losses. Yet, as with any loss, the word "collapse" gets thrown around, as if losing a series is something that could only mean a collapse, rather than just something that happens to every team.

The "collapse" term gets thrown around so much that I thought I'd take a look at what actually led to the collapse last year. The losing was just the result. There were many factors that led to that losing down the stretch, and a lot of those factors don't exist this year.

The pitching depth has already been tested this year. (Photo by: David Hague)
The Pitching
The pitching staff fell apart down the str...

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