Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates

Andrew McCutchen is a key component of the Pirates' future. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

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.