2019 MLB season: Managers on the hot seat

MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 09: Manager Don Mattingly #8 of the Miami Marlins argues with umpires John Bacon #70 (L) and John Tumpane #74 after a balk call in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on August 09, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 09: Manager Don Mattingly #8 of the Miami Marlins argues with umpires John Bacon #70 (L) and John Tumpane #74 after a balk call in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on August 09, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Boston Red Sox – Alex Cora

Yes, the Red Sox won the World Series last year, but hear me out.

Heading into the 2019 MLB season, the Red Sox were considered one of the favorites to return to the playoffs, a viable contender for the World Series. There were questions in the bullpen, especially with closer Craig Kimbrel and set up man Joe Kelly having departed, but the roster was considered strong enough to overcome those issues.

Instead, the Red Sox have underachieved in every way. The bullpen has predictably struggled, but so has the starting rotation. Chris Sale looks nothing like the ace he had been. Nathan Eovaldi and Rick Porcello have been disasters. Even the lineup has struggled this season.

While a majority of those problems could be blamed on general manager Dave Dombrowski, there are worrying signs in the clubhouse. After the trade deadline passed without any moves being made, the Red Sox fell into a funk, with an eight game losing streak. There have been questions about the effort being put forth, as it seems as though some players are playing out the string.

Heading into Saturday’s action, the Red Sox found themselves 5.5 games out of the Wild Card. Should they miss the postseason, it may be time to take a look at Alex Cora.