As we come down the home stretch, with just two short weeks left in the regular season, it seems like as good of a time as any to look at the hottest seats in the managers' offices around MLB.
The 2018 season has been pretty darn stable for managers, with just two in-season changes thus far. The Cincinnati Reds let go of Bryan Price after 18 games, and he was replaced by veteran skipper Jim Riggleman, who most likely has done enough to retain the seat on a more permanent basis -- perhaps a two-year extension.
This looked like a mere formality after a 5-2 stretch in late July. However, since then the Reds have gone 16-28, and the team has not had an individual week better than 3-3, which they've done four times. They've also had weeks of 1-5, 1-6 and 2-5.
The other managerial change was the St. Louis Cardinals, who let go of Mike Matheny July 14, when the team sported an uninspiring 47-46 record. Since then, the Cardinals have come to life under baseball lifer Mike Shildt. They've gone 35-22 under Shildt and are in a five-way battle for the National League wild card spots. The Cardinals extended Shildt through the 2020 season in late August.
But what other changes are coming? It looks like four changes will certainly be made, starting in Anaheim, with the longest tenured skipper in the bigs -- Mike Scioscia -- being allowed to walk away. The others who will most likely be displaced at the end of the season are the Minnesota Twins' Paul Molitor, the Toronto Blue Jays' John Gibbons and the Baltimore Orioles' Buck Showalter. In all four of these cases, the head of baseball operations inherited the skipper.
Other spots that seem warm include Jeff Bannister (Texas Rangers), Rick Renteria (Chicago White Sox), Ned Yost (Kansas City Royals) and Andy Green (San Diego Padres).
Here are this week's MLB power rankings, presented by the Thompson Automotive Group:
2. Houston Astros (94-55, No. 2)
3. New York Yankees (91-58, No. 3)
4. Oakland Athletics (90-60, No. 4)
5. Chicago Cubs (87-62, No. 5)
6. Milwaukee Brewers (85-65, No. 6)
7. Cleveland Indians (83-66, No. 7)
8. Atlanta Braves (83-66, No. 8)
9. Los Angeles Dodgers (82-68, No. 11)
10. Colorado Rockies (82-67, No. 10)
11. St. Louis Cardinals (82-68, No. 9)
12. Tampa Bay Rays (82-66, No. 14)
13. Arizona Diamondbacks (78-72, No. 12)
14. Philadelphia Phillies (76-72, No. 13)
15. Seattle Mariners (82-67, No. 15)
16. Washington Nationals (76-74, No. 18)
17. Pittsburgh Pirates (74-74, No. 17)
18. Los Angeles Angels (74-76, No. 16)
19. San Francisco Giants (70-80, No. 19)
20. New York Mets (69-80, No. 21)
21. Minnesota Twins (68-81, No. 20)
22. Texas Rangers (64-85, No. 24)
23. Toronto Blue Jays (67-82, No. 22)
24. Cincinnati Reds (64-86, No. 23)
25. Detroit Tigers (61-88, No. 25)
26. Chicago White Sox (59-90, No. 28)
27. San Diego Padres (60-90, No. 27)
28. Miami Marlins (58-91, No. 26)
29. Kansas City Royals (52-97, No. 29)
30. Baltimore Orioles (43-106, No. 30)