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Rumors continue to swirl around the job status of Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez

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Braves wrap up road trip with 8-0 setback to Mets

Jhoulys Chacin allowed seven hits and eight runs including four home runs in just 4 2/3 innings in an 8-0 loss to the New York Mets. Atlanta's offense struggled again against a strong effort from New York's Steven Matz.

Rumors swirling around the job status of Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Atlanta's 7-20 start to the season has many speculating that Fredi Gonzalez's time as Braves' manager could be running out. Atlanta wrapped up a road trip on Wednesday with an 8-0 loss to the Mets. The Braves have an off day on Thursday and the New York Post's Joel Sherman speculates that Gonzalez could soon be replaced.

As far as his job status, Gonzalez has been dead man walking, and an 8-0 humiliation Wednesday against the Mets certainly did him no favors – not with his bosses so furious about the team’s play.

It has been understood there is pretty much no way Gonzalez will be managing the Braves when a new stadium opens in Cobb County next year. So, really, this is about when, not if.

If Gonzalez is canned, the Braves have several internal options including Bo Porter, Terry Pendleton and Eddie Perez that could fill in on an interim basis. However, USATODAY's Bob Nightengale reports that Bud Black could be a long term replacement.

While Gonzalez certainly can't shoulder all of the blame for Atlanta's slow start to the 2016 season, our own Demetrius Bell writes that Gonzalez will be judged on his overall performance as Braves manager.

With all of that being said, when the Braves make their move and fire Fredi, it should be because of the fact that he's just not a good manager. You could argue that managers don't make a huge impact on the game, but Fredi's tactical prowess during his tenure in charge has left much to be desired. From the wacky lineups to the odd usage of the bullpen, Gonzalez has made a bevy of strange decisions that, when added altogether, have done more to hinder this team's success over the years than bolster it.

Freddie Freeman voices support for Fredi Gonzalez

Freddie Freeman told reporters on Wednesday that he was surprised by the rumors surrounding Gonzalez and that the blame for Atlanta's 7-20 start should fall on the players.

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