Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates

A late-season collapse raises more questions about the Bucs' future

Originally Published: September 17, 2011
By Baseball Prospectus, Jim Bowden and Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider
Andrew McCutchenGregory Shamus/Getty ImagesAndrew McCutchen is a key component of the Pirates' future.

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 bid farewell to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who seemed on track to end their streak of losing seasons before running out of steam down the stretch.

For the full breakdown from all angles -- Bowden, BP and Szymborski -- you need to be an ESPN Insider.