The tune around John Schneider and his job security is rapidly changing

Pressure is mounting on the Blue Jays manager and he's continuing to lose trust of the fanbase
Toronto Blue Jays v Washington Nationals
Toronto Blue Jays v Washington Nationals / G Fiume/GettyImages

A fifth of the way into the season and the Blue Jays find themselves bottom of the AL East, (the only team in the division under .500) as pressure continues to grow on John Schneider. In the past 13 games, the Blue Jays are 3-13, averaging just .172 with runners in scoring position and a team ERA of 5.33. Worryingly, according to FanGraphs, the Blue Jays playoff odds are at an abysmal 25.5% which is worse than the 12-24 Houston Astros whose odds are 35.9% and the Jays are projected to finish with a record of 81-81. Schneider is losing support of the fanbase by the day, but what has he done that's made them so upset?

It all started back in the 2023 AL Wild Card Series between the Blue Jays and the Twins in Game 2 when José Berríos was dealing before he ran into trouble in the 4th inning, consequently he was pulled for Kikuchi. The Blue Jays would then go on to get swept and the decision to pull Berríos wasn't received well on social media and seven months later, Blue Jays fans haven't stopped talking about it. As a result, the Blue Jays are winless in playoff games in the Bichette and Guerrero era and haven't won a playoff game since 2016.

Most recently, during the first game of last weekend's series against the Washington Nationals, the Blue Jays were leading 3-1 on the back of a strong outing from Yusei Kikuchi (6IP, 1 ER) and Schneider brought in Erik Swanson, the worst Jays reliever this season. Unfortunately, Swanson gave up three earned runs and Genesis Cabrera gave up a further four and the Jays lost 9-3. According to Keegan Matheson, he said Erik Swanson was leaving: 'pitches high in the zone,' which sparked outrage.

The decision to start Alek Manoah before he was ready wasn't exactly a popular one either. Manoah was starting in Yariel Rodriguez's place, who'd hit the IL earlier in the week. He started well against Washington but things completely unraveled in the 4th, as a result he gave up 7 runs, 6 of which were earned in 4 innings, where he struggled with location.

In his post-game remarks, Schneider said, "it was about control for Manoah and his stuff looked the best he's seen in a while and he's set to remain in the rotation." Finally, the decision to keep George Springer in the leadoff spot is proving unpopular. Springer is currently hitting .206 with 6 RBI and an OPS of .574. Fans have been crying out for Davis Schneider to leadoff in Springer's place, who is currently hitting .275 with 13 RBI and an .858 OPS. Schneider has addressed the need for Springer to get going but how much longer will Toronto give him to get back to the player fans know best before he's moved down the lineup?

Many decisions which Schneider's made recently have baffled the fanbase and these are just a few of them. If the Blue Jays don't play better heading towards the All-Star Break and trade deadline, how much longer will he last as manager?