Dodgers’ Dave Roberts among the favorites to be first MLB manager fired

By Vincent Frank
Jul 9, 2020; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts during the sixth inning of an exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The shortened 2020 MLB season started less than a week ago. Since then, we’ve seen a lot of crazy on the field.

That included a bottom-feeding San Francisco Giants team splitting a series against a World Series favorite in that of the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Overreactions might be the name of the game thus far this season, both on and off the diamond. But this latest piece of betting information tells us a major story regarding the Dodgers.

Dave Roberts among the favorites to be the first MLB manager fired this season

This really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Roberts has led the Dodgers to 90-plus wins in each of his first four seasons as their manager. Unfortunately, they are coming off a divisional round loss in 2019 and have yet to win that elusive World Series title.

A team that has gone all in recently, the Dodgers have not won a title since all the way back in 1988. It’s rather obvious that Roberts and Co. are under a lot of pressure. Splitting a season-opening four-game series against a talent-stricken Giants team adds another layer to that.

As for the overall odds, Seattle Mariners’ Scott Servais is the favorite to be given his walking papers. Seattle boasts the longest playoff drought in MLB, having missed out on the postseason each year since 2001. The Mariners find themselves at 1-3 on the season.

Brandon Hyde (Orioles) and Rick Renteria (White Sox) join Roberts with 9-to-1 odds to be the first manager fired. Baltimore is coming off a 108-loss season. Meanwhile, the Sox have not earned a playoff spot since Renteria took over back in 2017.

Whether the truncated 60-game regular season forces teams to make decisions sooner rather than later remains to be seen. Though, it will be interesting. That’s for sure.