Following up on a 19-9 month of June that got them back in the race in the NL East for a hot minute, with an 8-18 month of July (after last night’s loss), led to a reboot of the organization at the trade deadline, and Davey Martinez said that he wants to move on to August and see what happens over the last two months of the Washington Nationals’ 2021 campaign.
“I mean, August is going to bring, once again, some good baseball,” Martinez said after the 6-3 loss last night in D.C.
“We just got to continue to play good baseball. We ended the month tough, and like I said, we got to stick together, play together, and just have some fun, and try to win games one game at a time.”
Before the second of three with the Chicago Cubs in Nationals Park, the fourth-year skipper said the club is going to move forward, with a youth movement of sorts, but he still plans to win some games.
“They’re going to get an opportunity to play,” of the roster after the trade deadline, “and I spoke to them about it. But yet, they got to understand that we’re also trying to win games as well. I explained that as well. Not by any means — and I told them — I feel like we’re still in this thing and we’re going to try to win games every day, and we’re going to try to go 1-0 every day.”
“So, obviously we’re going to have to do things a little differently, but these guys got to go out there and compete every single day, they got to do the little things every day.”
What does he want to see from his team down the stretch?
“Playing defense, having good at bats, taking your walks,” he said.
“I want these guys to understand that, and it’s not going to be easy. A lot of days will be tougher than others, but just understand that you can put that aside and come back the next day and just try to go 1-0 the next day.
“We’re here to win. You know me, I don’t like losing, but I understand it’s the frustrating part of it. And we got to come back the next day and do it again and go 1-0 the next day.”
Will they go 1-0 today and win the series with the Cubs?