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Pirates Staff and Players See Slump as a Growing Opportunity (+)



Derek Shelton, Pittsburgh Pirates

PITTSBURGH— It’s no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates are in a major slump as of late.

After their loss on Sunday to the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1, the Pirates had scored just nine times during their seven-game losing streak and allowed 44 runs in that same span.

This entire team is starting to learn the hard way of what riding a valley can be like, but more so, the younger core players. Guys like Rich Hill, Carlos Santana, and Andrew McCutchen have ridden those valleys and know what it’s like to get out of them.

The learning curve can be a cruel mistress to some, but the Pirates seem to have high expectations of themselves and are holding each other accountable from what I can see.

There are going to be times when you have extreme highs and extreme lows in baseball, but it’s how you deal with the two extremes that determine what kind of club you will be.

Pirates general manager, Ben Cherington spoke Sunday on his radio show, and during the first segment, he discussed what a losing streak like this can teach a ball club.

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