The issue is after 2 years Kapler hasnt shown much to be excited about. His game management was laughably bad and now just isnt as funny anymore (credit for improving). He seems to have an issue around using the bullpen intelligently, he over - moves and gets himself in trouble (and almost just forfeits some games because he used up the pen earlier than his opponent).
And I have made this statement before and it was argued as "not really true" anymore, but it still is. Every player seems to be having a below average year, and that can really only be on the manager.
Realmuto : 110 OPS+, Lifetime 110
Hernandez : 87 OPS+, Lifetime 96
Segura : 95 OPS+, Lifetime 98
Franco: 80, 93
Hoskins : 117, 127
Harper: 121, 136
Kingery is above expectation this year, but was wildlly under last year, hard to say Kapler has done well there.
McCutcheon could have been an exception minus the injury
The pitching staff shows the exact same thing. Everyone is having a below average season.
The hitting numbers for these guys have improved since the last time I made this chart, but the conclusion is still the same. 2 guys are now around their averages and 4 are well below (before it was 6 well below). I dont think Kapler is getting the best play out of these guys, now maybe that is that they arent really putting in the effort for him, maybe they are just getting thrown off by the teaching, maybe the strategies are flawed, misunderstood or confusing. I honestly dont know, but if someone who managed people for me had this track record I would have to think about what to do to fix it.
Kapler is certainly gone after next year if we dont compete, and honestly I am worried that the issues are not that we need to fill holes in CF and 3B and pitching staff but that (as there seems to be evidence) everyone just isnt doing as well as expected because of .... ???. That has to fall on the manager, who else can it?