Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Houston Astros

Insider's series on MLB teams that are out of the playoff race continues with the Houston Astros, who recently canned Cecil Cooper and look to a none-too-promising payroll horizon.

Baseball Prospectus' preseason PECOTA projection: 70-92, fifth place
Current record: 70-81, fourth place

The Astros ranked 11th or worse in the NL in runs, home runs and ERA this year, and it's all added up to the worst record in baseball since the All-Star break.

To read Buster Olney's take on what went wrong for the Astros and what's next, plus items from the rumor mill, number-crunching analysis from Baseball Prospectus, a draft recap and whom to watch in spring training, you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider