Indians fire pitching coach Scott Radinsky
The Indians have fired pitching coach Scott Radinsky and replaced him with Ruben Niebla on an interim basis.
Behold, more scapegoat firing in Major League Baseball. Fresh off the heels of breaking a season-ruining 11-game losing streak, the Indians have fired pitching coach Scott Radinsky and replaced him with Ruben Niebla on an interim basis.
The Indians entered Wednesday 9 1/2 games out in the AL Central, with a 51-60 record. They're 4-16 since July 18, so obviously someone has to get canned. I guess they decided the pitching was more at fault than the hitting, so the pitching coach gets the ax.
The Indians bring in the AL's 13th-ranked ERA at 4.74. They rank dead last in the AL with a 1.43 WHIP. Still, things have been far worse since the All-Star break, as the Indians have a 5.55 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. Both figures are worst in the AL.
And how about this: Since the All-Star break, opposing teams have an .834 OPS against the Indians. For comparitive purposes, Adrian Beltre has an .836 OPS right now. So the Indians are making every lineup -- 1-9 -- look like a team full of Adrian Beltres. That's a tough way to win baseball games.
We'll see if the change in pitching coach helps.