The Red Sox's pitching staff has a 4.86 ERA, the highest in the American League and 29th worst in MLB. ... The starters' ERA is 5.54.
A replacement has not been named.
Reading through the SoSH thread, many media members are seeing Nieves as a scapegoat.
Ken Rosenthal @Ken_RosenthalEarlier this week, on May 3, Ryan Hannable tweeted:
#RedSox announce firing of pitching coach Juan Nieves. Suggestion: Find better pitchers.
Pete Abraham @PeteAbe
#RedSox fired pitching coach Juan Nieves, team announces. There’s one fall guy.
Jason Mastrodonato @JMastrodonato
Juan Nieves, the fall guy? Red Sox have fired their pitching coach.
Dan Sostek @dan_sostek
Scapegoating Juan Nieves for the staff's issues is pretty ridiculous. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.
Maureen Mullen @MaureenaMullen
Can't fire a pitching staff so Red Sox fire pitching coach Juan Nieves instead.
Farrell indicated he's maybe done more 1-on-1 work with the pitchers than he's done in the past given the early season struggles.