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Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Cleveland Indians

The chances the Tribe will contend anytime soon? Just a bit outside.

Originally Published: September 22, 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 Cleveland Indians, who have suffered a near-total breakdown since the 2007 American League Championship Series.

Baseball Prospectus' preseason PECOTA projection: 86-76, first place
Current record: 61-88, fifth place

To make matter worse, Charlie Sheen has made himself a bigger star with "Two and a Half Men" than he ever did with "Major League." Can Cleveland catch a break?

To read Buster Olney's take on what went wrong for the Indians and what's next, plus items from the rumor mill, number-crunching analysis from Baseball Prospectus, a draft recap and whom to watch in spring training, you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider