One good thing about watching the 2008 2000-08 Reds is a very good familiarity with the aspects of bad baseball teams.  I was thinking about 2009, and started imagining how things could go wrong.  For example: 

  • If Brandon Phillips is hitting 3rd or 4th next year, this team isn’t going to the playoffs. 
  • If Jeff Keppinger and Chris Dickerson both get > 350 ABs, this team isn’t going to the playoffs. 
  • If Harang, Voltron, and Cueto don’t combine for at least 100 starts, this team isn’t going to the playoffs.
  • If Corey Patterson is on the roster, this team isn’t going to the playoffs.
  • If either Hanigan or Bako catch >35 games, this team isn’t going to the playoffs.

Any additions to the list?  

(I’m sure, at some point this off-season, we’ll make a list of “ifs” that could lead to a playoff appearance.  I’m just not ready yet.  Plus, it’s not like any one thing can symbolize a good team.  Dunn hit a million HRs, and we lost.  Harang nearly won a Cy Young, and we lost.  Freel was fast, LaRue threw out runners, and Weathers was a cheap closer — and we lost, lost, lost.)