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MLB Rumor Central: Brad Ausmus on hot seat in Detroit?

Manager Brad Ausmus and the Tigers have lost seven straight games. Duane Burleson/Getty Images

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged he was "in the crosshairs” after an 8-3 loss to the Rangers on Sunday. The scrutiny around Ausmus will only increase after the Tigers’ losing streak reached seven games with a 5-4 setback in Washington Monday night.

Ausmus was second-guessed Monday for leaving starter Anibal Sanchez in the game to face Nats pitcher Stephen Strasburg in the seventh, a move that backfired when Strasburg reached on an error.

Does Ausmus deserve to take the fall for the 14-17 start? There has been no dreaded “vote of confidence” from the front office, and the problems extend beyond the skipper.

“His job security lays in the balance because of a bloated payroll, high expectations and a recent nosedive. Any missteps will be magnified. It is fair to critique his decisions, but he can't be the only one held culpable,” writes ESPN’s Katie Strang.

Jamie Samuelsen of the Detroit Free Press echoes a similar sentiment.

“Dumping a coach is sometimes the only move a team can make when they aren’t living up to expectations. So if Ausmus goes, it makes logical sports sense,” Samuelsen writes. “I just don’t think it would have any profound effect on the team. Change for the sake of change? I don’t see the point.”

Ausmus is 178-176 in two-plus seasons with the Tigers, including an AL Central title in 2014.