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Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Atlanta Braves

A late-season swoon brought the club's offensive shortcomings into focus

Originally Published: September 10, 2011
By Baseball Prospectus, Jim Bowden and Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider
Jason HeywardPatrick Smith/Getty ImagesJason Heyward's poor performance this season raises questions about his ultimate potential.

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.

Today we look at the Atlanta Braves, a team that managed to miss the playoffs despite holding a 10.5-game wild-card lead in late August.


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