Things haven't gone particularly well for the Atlanta Braves this season and that has placed manager Fredi Gonzalez firmly on the hot seat in the minds of many. To be fair, Gonzalez hasn't exactly been blessed with the best roster to compete in 2016, but nonetheless, a team flailing to a 1-9 record undoubtedly places additional pressure on its fearless leader.
With that in mind, Bovada has released a "special" wager detailing the first manager that will be fired in MLB this season. As you may have guessed, Fredi Gonzalez is seen as the most likely, with an "even money" designation.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss (7-to-2 odds) and Twins manager Paul Molitor (4-to-1 odds) represent the closest competition for Gonzalez in the minds of the bookmakers, but for the uninitiated, Gonzalez being at 1-to-1 is a fairly significant statement. Atlanta did manage to pick up its first win of the season on Friday night, easing the pressure cooker a bit, but with his regular aversion to mathematics and the team's putrid results, it makes a real statement about Gonzalez's job security.
Only time will tell as to whether Fredi Gonzalez will make it through the 2016 season as the manager of the Atlanta Braves, but the "wise guys" don't see it as particularly likely at this juncture.
Here is the full list of available odds from Bovada:
Fredi Gonzalez 1/1
Walt Weiss 7/2
Paul Molitor 4/1
Terry Collins 8/1
Joe Girardi 10/1
Mike Scioscia 12/1
Don Mattingly 25/1