Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Tampa Bay Rays

Why the Rays didn't shine in 2009, and what's next

Originally Published: September 14, 2009
By Buster Olney, Baseball Prospectus and Insider staff | ESPN Insider

Insider's series on MLB teams that have fallen out of the playoff race opens with the rapid demise of the Tampa Bay Rays, who enter Monday on an 11-game losing streak -- tied for the longest in history for a defending league champ.

Baseball Prospectus' preseason PECOTA projection: 94-68, third place
Current record: 72-71, third place

Third place seems safely correct, but the record? Not so much.

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