As August comes to a close over the next few days, the 2021 MLB season is also approaching its end. While a handful of teams will qualify for the postseason, others will be reflecting on a disappointing season — ultimately leading to some managers losing their jobs. Well, whenever the next manager is fired, BetOnline is projecting it to be New York Mets bench boss Luis Rojas at +250 odds.
After several offseason moves, the Mets were supposed to be a contender in the 2021 MLB season. Unfortunately for the team’s fans, that hasn’t been the case. The team is currently 61-66, sitting 7.5 games back of the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves. While that isn’t an impossible deficit to overcome, New York is 8-22 in its last 30 games, indicating that a reversal of fortunes is probably unlikely.
Obviously, some of the misfortunes this season aren’t all Rojas’ fault. Shortstop Francisco Lindor has not lived up to his 10-year, $341 million contract at all. Right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom was looking like he had the NL Cy Young in the bag before landing on the injured list nearly two months ago. In fact, a significant part of the Mets starting rotation has spent time on the IL this year, making it hard to build momentum.
Nevertheless, there has to be a fall guy for the disappointing MLB campaign and it’ll likely be Rojas. He has a sub-.500 coaching record (87-100) since joining the Mets last year. That’s just not good enough for the vision that management had for the team at this point. So, unless Rojas turns the season around over the next month or so, he may have to start looking for a new job sooner than later.
Next MLB Manager to Be Fired Odds
Odds via BetOnline as of Friday, August 27
- Luis Rojas (+250)
- Charlie Montoyo (+350)
- Brandon Hyde (+400)
- Jayce Tingler (+450)
- Torey Lovullo (+600)
- Joe Girardi (+900)
- Rocco Baldelli (+900)
- Bud Black (+1000)
- Chris Woodward (+1600)
- Derek Shelton (+1600)
- Joe Maddon (+1600)
Charlie Montoyo Odds
At +350 odds, Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo is the second-likeliest candidate to be fired this season. Three years ago, the 55-year-old joined the Blue Jays when the team was in a rebuilding phase. However, things have quickly progressed over the years. Toronto went 32-28 last year and was pushing for a playoff spot throughout the shortened campaign. Fast forward to this year and expectations have risen even further as the club continues to compete for the final American League Wild Card spot.
While the Blue Jays looked hot in their return to Rogers Place nearly a month ago, they’ve gone just 4-9 in their last 13 games. If they continue to slip and fall below .500, Montoyo’s job could be on the line. After all, the team didn’t bring in big-name free agents over the offseason or pull of trade deadline deals for nothing. Questionable decisions that he’s made throughout the season don’t help his case either. If Toronto can’t turn its season around, the organization may have to start looking for a more experience MLB manager.
Brandon Hyde MLB Odds
The Baltimore Orioles nearly made MLB history recently. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the good kind as the Orioles lost 19 games in a row in August — seven away from tying the league record. While Baltimore has been bad all season long, it’s surprising that things reached that point. Now, manager Brandon Hyde’s (+400) job could be in danger.
Make no mistake: it’s not just that losing streak that might lead to Hyde being fired. It’s the fact that his tenure with the Orioles over the past three years has left a lot to be desired. The team has gone 119-230 during that span — which translates to a .342 winning percentage. If the Orioles had a better record than they do this year (40-86), you could probably justify keeping Hyde around for another season. Unfortunately, that’s hard to do now that he has his worst winning percentage (.317) out of the three years he’s coached.
Regardless of how the next month or so goes, don’t expect Hyde to be back with the Orioles next MLB season.