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Pirates Hurdle Leads Manager Firing Odds

2017 MLB first manager fired online betting odds - Bovada Sportsbook

The Pittsburgh Pirates won 98 games two seasons ago, but slumped badly to just 78 wins last season. That has Pirates manager Clint Hurdle clearly on the hot seat in the 2017 MLB campaign, and he’s listed as the favorite on the odds to be the first manager fired this season.

Hurdle is the +350 favorite on the odds to be the first MLB manager fired this year, as Pittsburgh looks to show some of the life that made them one of the best teams in baseball two seasons ago. The Pirates lost their first two games of the season on the road against the Boston Red Sox, but then bounced back with a sweep of the Atlanta Braves on the weekend.

Overall heading into this year Hurdle was 509-462 since 2011 as the manager of the Pirates, for a .524 winning percentage, but the team has only appeared in eight postseason games in that span – winning just three of them. And expectations aren’t particularly high for the Pirates in 2017, as they’re listed well back at just +5000 on the latest odds to win the World Series.

Pittsburgh is up against another team with a manager that lacks job security early this week, as they host the Cincinnati Reds. Reds manager Bryan Price is second at +400 on the odds to be the first manager fired this season after Cincinnati showed very little progress over the past two campaigns – the Reds won 64 games two seasons ago, and just 68 games last year.

Heading into this year Price was 208-278 as the manager of the Reds (a percentage of .428). Cincinnati is a longshot on the odds to win the World Series this season, well back at +20000.


Scioscia, Molitor, Ausmus Follow on Odds

It’s then Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels and Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins on the odds to be the first manager fired this season, with Scioscia at +500 and Molitor at +600.

Scioscia’s Angels have been on the decline over the past two seasons, winning 85 games in 2015 but just 74 games in 2016. Los Angeles, though, is off to a solid start in 2017, splitting a four-game series with the Oakland A’s and then sweeping three from the Seattle Mariners.

The Twins, meanwhile, plummeted from 83 wins in 2015 to just 59 wins last season, but they have also found some success on the diamond in the very early going. Minnesota opened the 2017 season with a  three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals, then won two of three on the road at the Chicago White Sox on the weekend. Minnesota is at Detroit starting Tuesday.

And the Tigers’ Brad Ausmus follows on the odds to be the first manager fired this season at +650, with Andy Green of the San Diego Padres at +750, and Terry Collins of the New York Mets and Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees both at +1000. Girardi’s Yankees won 87 games in 2015 and 84 games last year; the Mets are coming off seasons of 90 and 87 wins.


*Odds as of April 11, 2017

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