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Considering that when the latest poll went out the Washington Nationals were coming off a series loss in Citizens Bank Park which saw the team drop 2 of 3 to the Philadelphia Phillies, falling to 14-19 overall on the season, with losses in seven of 10, it’s not too surprising that it got ugly both in terms of the managerial approval rating and the confidence in the direction of the team overall.
Second-year skipper Davey Martinez’s managerial approval rating fell to 21%, down from 30% last week and 41% in Week 5 of the SB Nation’s FanPulse voting.
Overall confidence in the direction of the team hit 7% (ouch) down from 45% and 37% in the previous two weeks. Not. Good. It looks worse in this week’s graphic...
And that was all before the Nationals dropped three straight in Milwaukee. Maybe the win in last night’s series opener with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which was only the second win in a series opener in 13 series so far in 2019, will lead to something, but the Nationals have dug a big hole for themselves with their play in the first month-plus of the 2019 campaign.
Who’s off to a surprisingly good start that they can sustain? That was the national baseball question this week, and the Tampa Bay Rays, who are 23-13 after 36 games, ran away with this one...
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