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5 Reasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates' Latest Slump
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All season long, the Pittsburgh Pirates have played the type of stellar, winning baseball that has eluded the team for 19 long seasons.

Now it appears that the Pirates are back to their losing ways, and it is jeopardizing their chance to make a run at the postseason.

Having lost seven out of their last 10 games, the Bucs have stumbled their way through August going 8-13, culminating in a disappointing sweep at the hands of the lowly Padres that pushed them out of the lead for the second Wild Card spot.

Here is a look at five reasons for why the surprising Pirates are slumping as the season approaches its final month.  

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