It’s not Roberts so much as what seems to be the front office’s slavish devotion to a predetermined game plan. Alex Cora did a great job of managing the game at hand, while Roberts seemed not to have a feel for (or was not allowed to act on his feel for) the game as it was being played. Every team absolutely needs to take advantage of advanced analytics, but these are human beings playing on the field, and analytics can’t tell you how a human being will perform from day to day or moment to moment. A manager needs to have a feel for how things are playing out in real time, and have the ability to adjust accordingly. And when your approach dictates that you bench several of your most dangerous hitters (and better defenders) for the first two games of the World Series, I’m gonna suggest you maybe rethink your strategy.
Not to take anything away from the Sawks; they were a monster team this year, and probably would have beat us anyway. But we should have won game four, and it was clearly over-managing that lost that game for us. And going into game five all tied up makes this a different series entirely. So yeah, Roberts shouldn’t be fired, but the approach this team has to drawing up and sticking to a predetermined game plan should be re-examined.