The Rockies and Padres kickoff the playoffs tonight with one game to see who gets to play the Phillies in the NLDS. Let's imagine that you're the manager of the Padres. You know that if you win the game in Milwaukee, you're in the NLDS playoffs and will play at Philadelphia on Wednesday. If you lose and the Rockies win, you're playing 1 game in Colorado just to get into the NLDS. Why would you not send Jake Peavy, the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner, out against the Brewers? Why would you send out your 2nd best option and leave it up to 1 game just to get into the NLDS? Why save him? If Peavy had pitched that game and won, not only do you avoid a 1 game playoff tonight, you still have him available for game 2 in Philly and possibly game 5. By saving him for tonight, you only get 1 game in the NLDS out of him. What am I missing here? From Gattaca: "You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back." I'm going to call the Padres Anton until proven wrong. They're saving something for the swim back, which doesn't work against Vincent, who's giving everything he has without regard for the swim back. Even if the Pads beat the Rockies, they won't beat the Phillies with that type of play.