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The Pittsburgh Pirates just won a series against the New York Mets; a series in which they outscored the Metropolitans 25-12 in the three games.

Clearly, the Pirates are seeing the ball very well, which results in hitting the ball very well. Over the last seven days, many Pittsburgh regulars have been locked in, and some meaningful contributions have come by way of Elias Diaz, John Jaso and other “part-timers.”

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All of that is well and good, but how can the Pittsburgh Pirates maintain that flow throughout the remainder of a brutally tough schedule in June? Is hitting truly contagious?

Is momentum really a thing?

Thus far in 2017 the team has not been able to grab ahold of those positive vibes and run with them. Their longest winning streak of the year remains at three games – a mark they’ve reached twice this season. We have seen this club breathe fire offensively before only to be shut down over the following days.

The best way for the Pittsburgh Pirates to gain that fabled momentum is to continue to put together good at-bats. With Gerrit Cole‘s recent struggles combined with unsure returns from others in the rotation — Tyler Glasnow and Chad Kuhl, namely — the easiest path for the Pirates to string together some wins is likely to be an offensive one.


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Jason Rollison

Jason Rollison has been analyzing baseball and the Pirates in one way or another for 4+ years. Jason's previous stops include, Pittsburgh Sporting News, Call To The Pen and several print publications. He also covers the State College Spikes for the Centre County Gazette (State College, PA) When it comes to analyzing baseball, he likes to take a middle-of-the-road approach, with one foot on the analytics side of the fence and the other on the old-school side. Having said that, he is a sucker for pitchf/x. Jason has appeared as a phone-in and in-studio guests in numerous outlets, including Trib Live Radio and 93.7 The Fan (CBS Sports Radio)