Re: NLDS Game 3 - Giants at Reds 10/9/12
This game was a great argument for moving Votto up. At the end of the game, with one last gasp, Zack Cozart got a 5th PA and made the final out while Votto languished on deck. The biggest impact of your lineup is who gets the most plate appearances. In a game where offense was hard to come by, Dusty decided it was more important to give the career .251/.290/.405 hitter a plate appearance at the expense of the best hitter in the league.
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.