Juan Soto and Matt Adams went back-to-back on 100 MPH+ pitches, making some Statcast history. Mike Rizzo talked about turning things around, Davey Martinez’s future, and leaving the plug in for now. It was an ugly win last night, but it was a win. Will the Nationals make it two in a row this afternoon? It’s a 4:05 PM EDT start today. Go read your links...
Rizzo on Davey:
GM Mike Rizzo: 'We've got to play better baseball' - (MLB.com)
"While Rizzo stressed it was still early in the season, the Nationals’ poor play thus far puts a ton of pressure on the team to start racking up victories in a hurry."
Mike Rizzo: Too early to 'pull the plug' on Dave Martinez, Nationals - (Washington Times_
"Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Friday it is too early in the season to 'pull the plug' on manager Dave Martinez and make drastic changes to the roster."
GM Mike Rizzo: "There's plenty of blame to go around. We're playing poorly. Believe me, I'm like a lot of the fanbase, a lot of the players and the manager. It's hard to watch sometimes. But we're certainly not going to pull the plug before we're a third ... through the season."— Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) May 24, 2019
Rizzo says no decision imminent on Martinez's status - (MASN)
"The club has lost 31 of its first 50 games of the season. But Rizzo is not going to point fingers at his second-year skipper, saying there is plenty of blame to go around for the rough start."
Nationals’ Mike Rizzo discusses Dave Martinez, says ‘there’s plenty of blame to go around’ - (WaPost)
"Rizzo was asked for his level of confidence in Martinez with the Nationals 19-31 and 10 games behind the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies."
Nats GM -- Martinez safe with 'a lot of season left' - (ESPN)
"'We're not making any decisions with a third of the season gone,' said Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo on Friday afternoon, when asked about his confidence level in the Nats manager."
My sense in talking with people in and around the Nationals this afternoon/tonight is that there’s unlikely to be a managerial change before Friday’s game against the Marlins. Doesn’t mean Martinez gets a vote of confidence. Still ...— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) May 24, 2019
Nats homer way to win:
Davey Martinez and Juan Soto explain the slugger's latest groove - (MASN)
"This season it has been hard for Soto to get fastballs from pitchers. But he was not surprised that Guerrero threw heaters to him."
Soto and Adams' back-to-back HRs historic - (MLB.com)
"Juan Soto and Matt Adams led the Nationals to a much-needed comeback win over the Marlins on Friday -- and they did so by setting some homer history."
The pitch came in at mph.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 25, 2019
Juan Soto marked it "RETURN TO SENDER."#ChildishBambino // #OnePursuit pic.twitter.com/2XpVW3SxiY
Soto stays hot with game-winning homer - (MLB.com)
"During this disappointing season, one constant for the Nationals has been their ability to fight back when faced with adversity."
Nationals snap five-game skid by winning 12-10 slugfest over Marlins - (WaPost)
"It was a few hours before first pitch, and six or so hours before Soto’s clutch home run, that General Manager Mike Rizzo stood by the Nationals’ dugout surrounded by television cameras and reporters."
Rando Nats Links:
Make-A-Wish and Nationals grant little boys wish to be a player for a day - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Before the game on Friday, The Nationals welcomed 10-year-old cancer patient Parker Staples as the newest addition to their team on Friday."
Sánchez pitches simulated game (Nats win 12-10) - (MASN)
"Manager Davey Martinez updated the status of right-hander Aníbal Sánchez, who is on the injured list recovering from a left hamstring strain."
Marlins’ season-long winning streak ends at six after Nationals rally with late homers - (Miami Herald)
"The Marlins started a four-game series against the Washington Nationals by building an early lead, only to let the Nationals steadily chip away until the margin was once again razor thin in the final innings."
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Nationals swept by Mets; Should they tear it all down? - (SI.com)
"The Nationals’ 2019 season is a plane nose-diving into a nuclear power plant. It’s a flaming cruise ship hitting an iceberg in the middle of a hurricane. It’s a man jumping out of a plane only to realize that he forgot a parachute who’s then hit by lightning. It’s a sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie."
Hagerstown needs 'unified vision' for stadium project, council members say - (heraldmailmedia.com)
"Will it just be a baseball stadium? Or a multiuse sports and event center with a wider range of community uses? That's a question the Hagerstown City Council wants to answer and relay to the public before deciding to build a new facility for the Hagerstown Suns in the city."