Pittsburgh Pirates: 5 Main Reasons Behind Pirates Meltdown

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Pittsburgh Pirates: 5 Main Reasons Behind Pirates Meltdown
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Jeff Karstens

The Pittsburgh Pirates shocked the baseball world with their performance this season.

The Pirates haven't been over .500 or even in the hunt for many seasons. And to think that in early July they were fighting for first place with teams like the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.

Andrew McCutchen leads the team in home runs, walks, stolen bases and runs, and he is having yet another All-Star caliber year with the Pirates.

Other players who were producing for the Pirates are Neil Walker, Garrett Jones and Lyle Overbay.

Not only was the hitting there for the Pirates in crucial games, but their pitching staff was lights out for a long time.

Their starting rotation, led by Kevin Correia, was great, and the bullpen was outstanding. Saves leader Joel Hanrahan was strong closing games, and crucial parts in the bullpen like Chris Resop and Tony Watson helped the Pirates stay close in the race up until July.

But what happened to the Pirates since the All-Star break?

Here are five main reasons for the Pirates' meltdown:    

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