The Nationals were expected to be bad but not this bad and Acta’s job has been in question almost from the start of the season. Acta was 158-252 in two and a half seasons with the Nationals as baseball betting numbers show. "How I hate this day. I hoped it would never happen," Nationals President Stan Kasten said. "We continued to think Manny could be a long -term solution.”
"The reason this took so long is because we respected him so much. Others would have done it much sooner." Kasten added. Jim Riggleman will replace Acta on an interim basis. The Nationals were not always this bad. In 2007 the team finished in fourth place in the National League East as baseball bet results tell us, but that success didn’t carry over to 2008 as the tea finished with 102 losses. This year’s team looks even worse and unlike last year’s team, they don’t have the injury excuse. They lead the major leagues in errors as baseball betting statistics indicate and they have the second worst ERA in the league.
The Nationals fired pitching coach Randy St. Claire in June but that didn’t help as the team has gone 12-25 in baseball betting since. The problems are not all about Acta since the team has problems on the field. They don’t have any relief pitching and their defense is awful. The team has been so bad that their starting center fielder Lasting Milledge and their closer Joel Hanrahan are gone.
Acta was criticized for not doing anything about the losing. He was expected to be an energetic manager but basically did nothing when the team lost. "This is not about being complacent, about turning this desk upside down," he said in the past. "It's about pitching and catching the ball. That's what it comes down to." The Nationals didn’t do much of that and it cost Acta his job. Gamblers making a baseball bet at the sports book on the Nationals this season haven’t fared very well as the Nationals have the worst baseball betting record in the league, despite being underdogs in almost every game this season at the online sportsbook.