Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Houston Astros

There's hope in Houston, just not for next season (or the one after that)

Originally Published: September 8, 2011
By Baseball Prospectus, Jim Bowden and Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider
RodriguezBen Liebenberg/US PresswireThe biggest decision facing the Astros this winter is whether to trade Wandy Rodriguez.

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade -- whether in September (or before), the League Division Series, League Championship Series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.

First up: the Houston Astros, who were the first team mathematically eliminated this year. It's time to kiss 'em goodbye.