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Pirates' collapse is one of epic proportions


I was truly wrong about this year's Pittsburgh Pirates.

A little more than two weeks ago, I though the Bucs were on the right track this season.

It took me a little bit of time, but I was there.

Again -- wow.

I was wrong.

Maybe I should have waited a little longer.

Then I would have seen this epic collapse coming.

The Pirates enter Monday night just two games over .500.

I'm not thinking playoffs anymore. I'm not sure they finish with a winning record.

Clint Hurdle doesn't have a magic touch.

James McDonald isn't anywhere near the pitcher he was in the first half. He doesn't even look like a major league starter at this point.

A.J. Burnett hasn't been the stopper either.

There was a seven-error game, bad managerial moves (suicide squeeze?) and yesterday's meltdown by minor league pitchers called upon to protect a lead against the Cubs.

This has been a complete and utter disaster.

The joy of the first four months of the season are gone.

This stench will linger well into the offseason.

And I couldn't have been more wrong about this team.


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