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Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates

Over there, off in the distance, could it be ... a light?

Originally Published: September 21, 2009
By Buster Olney, Baseball Prospectus and Insider staff | ESPN Insider

Insider's series on MLB teams that are out of the playoff race continues with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have a really nice ballpark.

Baseball Prospectus' preseason PECOTA projection: 64-98, sixth place
Current record: 56-91, sixth place

The Pirates racked up their 17th consecutive losing season for a very simple reason: They have very few difference-making players.

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