The Pirates are almost guaranteed a losing season this year. Unless they go on an incredible run down the stretch, they will end up with their second losing season in a row.

When you mention a losing streak -- even a streak of two seasons -- it brings up horrible memories in Pittsburgh. It also brings up fears of another prolonged losing streak, with no end in sight. This year already the feeling is there, with many fans in Pittsburgh wondering if the team's two-year streak is the start of a decline, rather than just two years off from winning and making the playoffs.

That feeling isn't shared outside of Pittsburgh. The two years of losing are viewed as just that -- two years off from winning, with a team that can make it back to winning in 2018. In fact, that sentiment was expressed...

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