Re: Should Dusty have punted Game 1?
In hindsight, knowing we took Game 2, I think the instinct is to say yes. However, most of us were assuming a loss in Game 2 at the time.
In the playoffs, you don't punt. Wins are simply too valuable. Too much can happen in the future. We're still going to get a regular start out of Latos, if needed. The net impact of the decision was trading a 2nd Arroyo start for a Leake start, which isn't that big of a step down.
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.