ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 01: Charlie Manuel #41 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves during Opening Day at Turner Field on April 1, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Phillies haven’t had a great start to the 2013 season. At 6-7, the bats have gone silent of late, the starting pitching hasn’t been as good as many expected, and the bullpen hasn’t been a strength either.
Perhaps because of the slow start, Charlie Manuel is the favorite to be the first manager fired in Major League Baseball this year, according to Bovada, an offshore sports book. Manuel is 4/1 to be the first one let go, followed by Bud Black at 9/2, and Ron Gardenhire at 5/1.
Manuel is in the last year of his contract, and Ryne Sandberg has often been considered to be the “manager in waiting” for the Philies.
The slow start has dropped the Phillies odds to win the World Series to 30/1. The Detroit Tigers are the favorite at 7/1, and the Braves are now second most likely at 15/2.
The Phillies are 15/1 odds to win the National League title, and 13/2 to win the NL East.