Doug Melvin Would Like You to Leave Ken Macha Alone
Well the man who actually gets to make the decision on Macha, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, doesn't feel the same way. Talking to reporters on Tuesday night, Melvin said that the way Macha is being treated is "unfair" and that it's not his fault the team is struggling.
"There are at least nine teams in the major leagues who are underperforming," Melvin told reporters. "We're not performing well, but, Ken, I haven't seen him swing at a bad breaking ball yet. I haven't seen him give up two or three runs in an inning.
"I evaluate myself, too, on these things. ... The way we're playing now, we're not going to make the playoffs. You have to play better. We expect that."
Melvin did have a meeting with Brewers owner Mark Attanasio on Monday afternoon to discuss the state of the team, which fueled speculation that the axe may be coming down on Macha, but said that he talks to Attanasio all the time and that the meeting meant nothing.
Melvin and Macha then talked over coffee on Tuesday, and Macha didn't leave the meeting with the feeling that he was in any danger. If anyone should be worried, it should be Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson. While Prince Fielder may be struggling, the Brewers offense has still scored the third most runs in the National League.
The problem is the team's 5.12 ERA.
I'm not saying that Peterson deserves to lose his job by any means -- a man can only do so much with Jeff Suppan and Doug Davis -- but let's not act like pitching coaches and hitting coaches don't serve as sacrificial lambs from time to time. If things don't get turned around soon, and the fans still want a martyr, Peterson is likely to be it.