After the 2012 Philadelphia Phillies went 81-81, the 2013 season had three and only three possible outcomes.
And to borrow from Woody Hayes' infamous dismissal of the forward pass, two of those outcomes would be bad.
From .500, the 2013 Phillies could only go over .500 (good), .500 again (not so good) or under .500 (bad).
In winning only 73 games, the 2013 Phillies overachieved in the worst sense—they were a good deal worse than anyone thought possible.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. thus enters the most difficult offseason of his tenure.
How he answers the following 10 questions will probably determine whether he retains his job after the 2014 season.