With losses in two of eight games last week (though the Washington Nationals did end up taking 2 of 3 in Minnesota after they dropped consecutive series to both New York’s Mets and the Atlanta Braves), Davey Martinez’s approval rating dropped to 56% from 66%, where it was in each of the last two weeks of SB Nation FanPulse polling.
How about the overall confidence in the direction of the team? It was down to 67% in Week 25, after holding steady at 88% in each of the last two weeks, but Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies this week that he’s happy with where the team is right now, leading the NL Wild Card race with an eye on a return to the postseason after the disappointing end to the 2018 campaign.
“We like this team, we think it’s a playoff-caliber team,” Rizzo told the Junkies.
“We think it’s a team that could go deep into the playoffs. Seriously, guys. We’re taking this one game at a time, we’ve got a big game tonight, and I’ll leave the clubhouse before the game tonight and tell the boys it’s the biggest game of the year like I tell them every night, and we play each game to win and we’ll see where the chips fall at the end of the season ... but like you said, we like our chances as much as anybody. We think we’re as good as anybody in the playoffs and we’ll take our chances. We’ve played extremely well for the last three and a half months to get where we’re at right now, and I think we need to make a big push here to finish strong, and to get some momentum, and start having aspirations beyond that.”
As for scoreboard watching, or worrying about the teams chasing them in the Wild Card race, Rizzo said if they just keep winning, they don’t have to worry about other teams.
“When you win your game, you don’t have to look at the scoreboard and you don’t have to worry about what other teams are doing if you take care of your business,” Rizzo said.
The Nationals took 2 of 3 from the Twins, who are currently leading the AL Central, and the national baseball poll in this week’s voting asked if fans thought Minnesota would hold on...
And the NL Central?