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.