The Braves, after going 13-13 with a 3.07 ERA under McDowell, are 7-3 with a 2.27 ERA under Wallace.
The Brewers offered Wallace their pitching coach’s position last off-season, according to a major league source, but Wallace preferred to stay with the Braves as minor-league pitching coordinator.
Is this increased performance coincidence? Perhaps it's just a sharpening of focus because of all the turmoil that has gone on around the team lately. It was mentioned on the broadcast last night that McDowell is a disciple of Wallace from when the two were apparently in the Dodgers organization at the same time. (Wouldn't you rather have the Master than the Apprentice?)
A 0.80 drop in ERA is pretty good, especially considering that the Braves have played some potent offensive teams in the last 10 days. I'm more or less playing devil's advocate here, and I really don't think the Braves will replace McDowell, but it's interesting to note this significant improvement. What if Fredi suddenly prefers Wallace on the bench instead of McDowell? Would it benefit McDowell and the team to make him the Roving Minor League Pitching Instructor for the remainder of the season, essentially switching jobs with Wallace?