Smart Box Series: Coaching Down The Stretch
By Marc Lawrence
The final four weeks of the NFL season are tantamount to the stretch run of a Graded Stakes horse race. It’s where all big races are won and lost.
It’s been said that if you don’t have the horse, you won’t win the race. For the most part this adage is right on the money. More time often than not, though, the ride the horse gets by his jockey is what puts the team in the winner’s circle. It’s why good jockeys are almost always atop quality horses in big races.
The same holds true for head coaches in the NFL. They too are the pilots, guiding their team to the wire, with game plans designed for success or failure… whichever the case may be.
From a profit and loss standpoint, listed below are the BEST and WORST current head coaches and their NFL career ATS records during Games 13-16 – minimum four occurrences (current team in parenthesis). All results are ATS (Against The Spread).
Home: KUBIAK (Hou) 10-4
Away: SMITH M (Atl) 6-2
Favorite: KUBIAK (Hou) 5-1
Dog: McCARTHY (GB) 7-0
Home: GARRETT (Dal), MULARKEY (Jax) 1-3
Away: WHISENHUNT (Az) 0-8
Fav: CARROLL (Sea) 1-6
Dog: WHISENHUNT (Az) 3-6
For a comprehensive listing of every coach in every role – including their absolute BEST and WORST roles – be sure to check out Marc’s complete ‘Coaching Down The Stretch’ article on this site …
- San Francisco
- Larry Ness
- August 31, 2015 - 10:10 PM
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ 134 San Francisco
The Giants have taken NINE of 12 meetings from the Dodgers this year...
My free play is on the SF Giants at 10:10 ET.
The first-place Dodgers got no-hit last night by Jake Arrieta (Cubs), after Mike Fiers (Astros) had no-hit them back on Aug 21. That makes them the first team to be no-hit twice in the same month since the 1971 Cincinnati Reds, as well as making them the first team in 92 years to be no-hit twice in that short a span. The Dodgers now look to bounce back against their bitter rivals, the San Francisco Giants. The 72-57 Dodgers have been in first place for most of the season but the Giants have refused to go away, never falling more than 5 1/2 games back. The 69-61 Giants open this three-game series just 3 1/2 behind in the NL West and should feel confident, as San Francisco has taken NINE of the 12 meetings between the two teams this year.
The Dodgers had their five-game winning streak snapped Sunday and will face Madison Bumgarner (16-6, 2.97 ERA) on Tuesday but NOT before drawing nemesis Jake Peavy, tonight. Injuries have limited Peavy to a modest 12 starts here in 2015 (4-6, 4.21 ERA / team is 6-6) but the vet is 14-3 with 2.30 ERA in 27 career starts against the Dodgers (teams are 18-9) and that includes a 6-0 record with a 2.51 ERA over his last 10 at Dodger Stadium. Meanwhile, the Dodgers will counter with lefty Brett Anderson, who is 8-8 with a 3.36 ERA over 25 starts here in 2015 (Dodgers are 13-12).
Facing a left-hander is typically good news for the Giants, who entered Sunday 18-12 against lefties in 2015. They did lose to Garcia and the Cards yesterday but note that Garcia came in having never allowed more than three ERs in any one of his 13 previous starts in 2015, including allowing two ERs or less 10 times. However, the Giants reached him for four runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings but still lost, 7-5. That said, the Giants showed again that they LIKE facing lefties. As for Anderson, they like him just fine. Yes, Anderson allowed one run over six innings of a 10-2 win at Los Angeles back on June 21 but that’s after he went 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in his first six career starts against San Francisco.
Taking a price with Peavy is too tempting too pass up!