Plus, the Reds slump is contagious. 
View this email in your browser

Does Cincinnati Have a Superman?

The Reds season has been… not good. So not good that only 18 games were needed to decide to let manager Bryan Price go. Out of the gates, the Reds have the worst record and worst run differential in the league. The team is second-to-last in OPS and bests no one on the pitching leaderboards. The offense that sat tenth on the leaderboard at the end of 2017 is now gutted by injury. Cincinnati has stumbled into a team ERA a few tenths lower than that of the White Sox. Who can save a team like this?

The Reds called the firing an attempt to be “proactive,” but seems much the opposite given the trend of managing hires. The Nationals parted ways with Dusty Baker after Baker’s completion of a two-year campaign, totaling 192 wins and two playoff appearances. Baker often received criticism for archaic decisions. He threw pitch counts to the wind. But criticism was met by equally as valid defenses. The Nationals fired him anyway and went with Joe Maddon’s understudy. The choice was a young, analytically-inclined manager, like the Phillies chose in Gabe Kapler, like the Yankees chose in Aaron Boone, or like the Red Sox chose in Alex Cora.

There is no telling who will end up taking the role back from interim manager Jim Riggleman. Barry Larkin is reported to be at the top of the Reds’ list. He fits close enough to the younger, little or no managing experience trendline. Price earned his keep as a leader, who some might call “a real baseball guy.” Managers like him don't look likely to last long under baseball’s current drive toward efficiency, and he probably couldn’t save the Reds. But, given the roster, can a younger, more analytically driven manager do the job either?

FanGraphs produces over 400 articles each month, in addition to our ever-growing database of stats and graphs. Support our efforts today!

Throwback: So the Mets Might Be Contenders

This article was published two years ago yesterday. Ah, how history repeats itself.
Subscribe to our Podcasts!
Catch up on past newsletters or pass along to a friend here.
Data Visualization of the Day: The Reds’ Slump Has Extended to Joey Votto
Dang Reds. They don't care whose lives they ruin. The 'Bad' virus the Reds have contracted is contagious. It was only a matter of time before it reached Joey.

Excerpt from "The Physics of Bryce Harper’s Broken Bat Blast" by David Kagan

"At first glance, one is tempted to think that hitting a ball that hard as the bat is breaking apart would make a home run impossible. However, there is a flaw in that thinking. If there were super slow-motion video of the ball-bat collision in this case, we could look more carefully at just what exactly happened when horsehide met lumber."

Copyright © 2018 FanGraphs Inc, All rights reserved.
Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list