Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 9/10/12
Last week, on Tuesday morning, my dad and I drove to the airport talking about the Pirates/Astros debacle we'd witnessed at PNC Park on Labor Day afternoon. My dad had a simple question for me: "Why do you think this has happened two years in a row? Why have they gotten most of the way through a good season and collapsed twice now?"I hedged. I said that I didn't think what happened last year was applicable to this year, that last year was a house of cards that had been teetering for weeks and that this year's team was dealing more with a flat-out decline in performance. We discussed reasons for that decline; I said that I suspect that Andrew McCutchen may be playing hurt riight now (think of all of the times that he crashes into the wall and comes up rotating his shoulder or the weird play where Jose Tabata failed to chase down a flyball and McCutchen turned his ankle cutting it off in the gap; think about how this happens maybe once or twice a week and how you never hear about it a...
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