Commentary

Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Cincinnati Reds

A promising core, but Baker's tactics stand in the way of success

Originally Published: October 3, 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 Cincinnati Reds, an organization that, like Warren Beatty, wishes it was still 1975. To see an archive of Kiss 'Em Goodbye, please go here.

Baseball Prospectus' preseason PECOTA projection: 79-83, fourth place
Current record: 76-83, fourth place

Dusty Baker sure wouldn't mind having Barry Bonds at the No. 4 slot in this lineup.

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