Having gone 2-9 in their last 11 games, the San Diego Padres decided to shake things up on Monday by announcing that they have fired pitching coach Larry Rothschild. He'll be replaced by bullpen coach Ben Fritz on an interim basis until the end of the 2021 MLB season.
The Padres currently own a 68-58 record, which puts them 13.0 games behind the San Francisco Giants for first in the NL West. However, San Diego is only one game back of the final National League Wild Card spot, so it was evident that a change needed to be made sooner than later.
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Padres manager Jayce Tingler described Rothschild in a press release as a "tremendous asset for our organization" and that the team wishes "him nothing but the best in the future." The press release detailed that Tingler would be meeting with the media later Monday to discuss the organization's decisions.
Upon first glance, it doesn't look like the Padres have pitching issues as their 3.73 team ERA is tied for seventh-best across the MLB. However, San Diego's stats over their current 11-game skid are more telling.
Over the last 11 games of the season, the Padres own an abysmal 6.20 ERA. Considering that the Baltimore Orioles (7.34), Chicago Cubs (7.29) and Washington Nationals (6.28) are the only teams that have done worse in that span, that's not exactly the type of company that San Diego wants to be around. After all, each of those three clubs will probably miss the playoffs, the Padres need to separate themselves from that group as soon as possible if they hope to win the World Series.
FanDuel Sportsbook has the Padres listed at +3800 odds to win the 2021 World Series, which ranks 11th best in the MLB. Considering how the club's odds sat at +1000 in July, San Diego better hope that its coaching change pays off.
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