Rely on stars in the World Series, not analytics
The World Series between the Dodgers and Astros is headed toward all-time classic status, but Colin thinks part of the drama has been caused by the mangers relying too heavily on analytics. Last night, Dave Roberts decided to yank Clayton Kershaw in favor of Kenta Maeda with runners on, and a 3-run lead in the 5th. Roberts also pulled his clean up hitter to play a matchup.
Even though Kershaw struggled, including giving up a 3-run bomb, Colin would have stuck with him because he believes in winning or losing in the playoffs with his stars, not the current trend of pulling them early because a spreadsheet says so.
Analytics is useful, and has become the bible for managing in the regular season, but you’ll never convince Colin that relying on the percentage play over riding with your stars when the games matter most is the right call.
Bill O’Brien should have trusted Deshaun Watson to seal the win against Seattle
Bill O’Brien is getting second guessed for getting too conservative on a 4th quarter 3rd down play that could have clinched the game for the Texans against Seattle. Instead of keeping the ball in Deshaun Watson’s hands and giving him a chance to win the game, Houston got stuffed by running into the strength of the Seattle defense. Russell Wilson proceeded to drive Seattle down the field for the game-winning score.
Colin doesn’t usually second guess coaching decisions, but he thinks O’Brien clearly should have given Watson, who was incredible all day, a chance to win the game. Instead of dictating the action, O’Brien played into Seattle’s hands by running the ball.
He should have trusted Watson. He’s proven he can handle it.
Terry Bradshaw – Fox NFL Sunday host is in-studio to discuss the Texans’ final play call; if rookie Deshaun Watson has standing to challenge his coach on the call; and why he would take Dak Prescott over Deshaun Watson to start his franchise.
Michael Vick – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to discuss Deshaun Watson’s incredible start; why so many quarterbacks are coming into the NFL ready to play;
Nick Swisher – FS1 MLB Analyst is in-studio to discuss the controversy over slick baseballs in the World Series; and if he still thinks the Dodgers will win in 7.
Ryan Leaf – Former NFL Quarterback is in-studio to discuss Deshaun Watson; why he doesn’t believe in college satellite camps; and why he’s so impressed with Carson Wentz.