Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez’s managerial approval rating was at a season-high 88% last week, and though it dropped to 85% this week (for some reason), it’s still a bit higher than it’s been all year. And the polls for this week’s SB Nation FanPulse voting came out before the World Series started, and before the Nats jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Houston Astros in the Fall Classic.
We’ll have to wait to see if the Nationals can win two more before the Astros win four. If they do, they’ll be the first D.C.-based team since 1924 to win a World Series.
There’s a long way to go, however, and no one is taking anything for granted at this point.
“We know the series isn’t over,” Anthony Rendon said after Wednesday night’s 12-3 win.
“I think it would have been a success if we only came in and stole one game, obviously,” he added, “playing at this stage and playing with the crowd and at their home-field. But for us to obviously steal two games from them at their home-field is great.
“But ... we still have a job to finish and we have two more to go.”
“It’s nice to come in here and get a couple of wins, face a couple of great pitchers,” Kurt Suzuki said, after the Nationals beat the Astros in games Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander started.
“Able to come out on top. And really, we’re just looking to get back home in front of our fans and worrying about winning the next pitch, winning the next inning. So getting ready.”
FanPulse voters are about as confident in the direction of the Nationals (92%) at this point, as they have been at any time since Opening Day (95% in Week 1).
So we’ll see if the tally here ages well, or if the Nationals prove everyone wrong and beat the Astros in the 115th World Series...