Pirates in serious trouble
The Bucs' flaws are being exposed and another playoff trip is unlikely
After winning five of its first seven games, Pittsburgh has dropped 14 of its past 19 contests, to fall to fourth place. As a result, the Bucs dropped 11 spots in the ESPN Power Rankings this week, all the way back to 24th place. And this isn't some short-term overreaction. The Pirates are in real trouble.
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