A loss to the Colorado Rockies in the finale of last week’s four-game set, and losses in two of three with the Los Angeles Dodgers this past weekend likely played a part in the voting members of the SB Nation FanPulse community losing confidence in the 2019 Washington Nationals over the last week.
After it remained steady at 78% in each of the previous two weeks, voters’ confidence in the overall direction of the Nationals dropped to 71% after losses to the Rockies and Dodgers in the days leading up to the latest poll slowed the team’s roll somewhat.
Davey Martinez’s managerial approval rating bumped up slightly to 58% from 55%, but that was down from 71% three weeks back when the Nationals were going strong on the season-altering run.
Where will the confidence level and managerial approval numbers be after the 2019 trade deadline passes?
Will we see the confidence in the overall direction of the organization rise if GM Mike Rizzo and Co. in the Nationals’ front office add a few arms to address the biggest need on the big league roster? Will bolstering the bullpen keep the Nats in the race in the NL East and keep them atop the Wild Card standings? Will they add to the rotation as well?
After last night’s loss, the Nationals are 5.5 games behind the Braves with one more to play with Atlanta in the nation’s capital today, and they’re currently tied with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card race. Will Rizzo boost the confidence and the Nats’ chances of playing meaningful games on September and October with some moves in the next 12 hours?