At this point in the season, a lot has been established in baseball. That ranges from the players, to the teams, and even to the fans. For example, for a surprisingly large group of Pirates fans, we've established that the Pirates can't lose 3-4 games in a row without hearing the word "collapse". I'd extend that beyond four losses in a row, but the Pirates haven't lost more than four games in a row all season.

As for the players, we know that Andrew McCutchen is a leading candidate for the NL MVP award. Pedro Alvarez has put up some of the best power numbers in the National League. Russell Martin has been a huge boost on the defensive side of the ball, and has also provided some offensive value. Starling Marte is turning into an impact player in his first full season in the majors. Fran...

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