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Confidence in Washington Nationals waning as rough September continues...

Washington’s Nationals are off to a rough start in September as they try to hold onto the top spot in the National League Wild Card race.

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When this week’s FanPulse polls were sent out on Monday (9/16), the Washington Nationals were coming off a series loss in Atlanta, where they dropped 2 of 3 to the Braves, and a win in Minnesota, where they took 2 of 3 from the Twins.

Apparently, the latest series win didn’t inspire much confidence in the voting members of the Nationals fanbase, because their overall confidence in the direction of the team fell for the second third straight week, to 58%, down from 67% and 88% in the previous two weeks.

The Nationals were 6-8 in September at that point, still atop the Wild Card race in the NL, but scuffling.

Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo was asked this week, after the club split the first two in St. Louis (before dropping the finale) what he has noticed from his offense as they’ve had issues scoring runs, which he said is at least in part a product of the team’s they’ve played and the pitchers they’ve faced in the last few weeks.

“I just notice the guys who are pitching against us,” Rizzo told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies on Wednesday, “and you run [up] against that [New York] Mets’ rotation and against that Twins’ rotation and that Braves’ rotation, they’re going to dictate really how you’re swinging the bats, so we ran into some tough pitching recently, and it’s hard to expect to score — I think we were averaging almost eight runs per game for about a month — so that is hard to sustain those types of runs scored. So I think you see it in spurts. I think you’ll see us have a lot of good, consistent at bats down the stretch.”

So he’s confident about what the future holds.

Are the voting members or the Nationals fanbase confident that Davey Martinez is the manager who’s going to get the team back into the postseason?

Martinez’s managerial approval rating held steady at 56% for the second consecutive week, down from 66% two weeks back, and he’s at home resting up now after a health scare, but may be able to join the Nationals on the next stop on their road trip in Miami.

NATIONAL BASEBALL ?: This week’s national baseball question asked which team will be the biggest letdown in the playoffs?

Luckily the Nationals, who’ve only heard rumors that there’s something called the NLCS, weren’t one of the options included to choose from...

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