Re: Jake Peavy, Johan Santana, & Brandon Webb
I'm continually amazed how willing managers are to risk the next start, starts, or season by allowing their starters to pitching beyond the point at which they are fatigued.
Often, it seems that the manager is too focused on whether or not a pitcher CAN go back out versus whether or not he SHOULD. As if the next 3 outs (which they quite possibly won't get, since they are tired and thus less effective) were somehow more important than that pitcher's health or effectiveness in the future.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.