2. My pitchers hurt me in some ways tonight, but also did exactly what they were supposed to. Neither Jackson nor Blackburn pitched well, but both got wins. I think that it is important to be realistic about what you can gain from streaming pitchers. Ks and wins, yes. ERA and WHIP, no. If somehow you end up with more than Ks and wins, that is just gravy, but you should not count on it. In terms of ERA and WHIP, I would have been better off not using any of my pitchers tonight, but there would have been no way of predicting up front the results.
This is especially true in your case because you are in a dogfight for Wins and Ks while trying to make up ERA and WHIP.
3. With there still being approximately a .5 ERA gap and .1 WHIP gap, I am planning on using Kazmir, Maddux and Cueto tomorrow. My opponent will have Harden and A. Sanchez going. I imagine that Harden will be on a pitch count. Kazmir probably too. There are arguments for using both Kazmir and Maddux. Those pitchers are not WHIP killers and are on teams that have been playing well lately and have something to play for tomorrow. Cueto is a bigger question mark. He is going up against Oswalt and Houston is still technically alive for a wild card. He could boom or bust. If I am resigned to punt ERA and WHIP, I would definitely start him since he is a good source of Ks. With the margins closing, however, I am hesitating a bit. Will decide in the morning. Right now, I would go for it. That ERA and WHIP gap will not close without me taking some chances.
Sorta on a side point on what you said above and here, I agree that you need to keep your Wins and Ks lead while making up ERA and WHIP, so you're forced to do the starts that are out there. This includes Cueto. Don't forget, while he's matching up against Oswalt, he's also facing a lineup that he can overpower.
Also, if the Dodgers clinch before there game starts, this could adversely effect the Maddux start.
4. The score is so close right now that it feels like this finals will come down to luck. Not many more games to strategize over now. A question in my mind for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is whether I should play N. Cruz or Shealy over Maybin. Going with the former would mean chasing HRs and trying to keep a lead in RBIs. Going with the latter would mean chasing SBs. In my mind, the former makes a lot more sense. But if that is true, what does it mean that I am still carrying Velez and Bartlett? If I am giving up on SBs, perhaps I should go back to Tejada, As. Cabrera and Callaspo? One thing to note is that Maybin left the game tonight with tightness in his hips. If I were risk adverse, I might pull him from tomorrow's roster and use someone more likely to play. Not sure yet. On the SBs or not SBs question, I have Bartlett, Velez, Cameron and Maybin going tomorrow, in addition to Rios, B.J. Upton and McLouth. 3 SBs is a stretch but not impossible with this bunch.
I think you should give it another day to close the SBs gap.