Run differential is an interesting stat. It can be easily swayed by a couple huge offensive outbursts or a series worth of barley ever scoring. Freshly minted Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor has been on the barely ever scoring side.
Molitor has actually been on the historically bad side of barely ever scoring when it comes to a new manager’s run differential through their first three games at the helm.
After the first series of the year, Molitor finished with the second worst run differential at a -21 mark. Only Fred Tenney started his managerial career off worse with a -22 run differential. Tenney was the manager of the Boston Beaneaters and in his first season in 1905 his Beaneaters went 51-103.
Molitor finished just two runs above Jim Lefebvre of the 1989 Seattle Mariners. Lefebvre’s M’s started with a -19 run differential and finished the year with a 73-89 mark.
Both of these other managers last three years at the helm for their teams. Tenney was a player/manager for Boston.
The good news is that Paul Molitor had a much better playing career than the other two, but it’s toug to best the pride of St. Paul. It will obviously take time to see what Molitor has as a manager, plus it’ll be interesting to see the Twins offense when they are not facing Detroit Tiger buzzsaw pitching.
It technically is historically bad, but I still hold out faith for Paul Molitor the manager.