WASHINGTON – Davey Martinez's job is for now.
"We make no one-third of the season's decisions," said US director Mike Rizzo on Friday afternoon when asked about his confidence in the Nats manager. "We have a lot of season left. Davey is not happy with what's going on, nobody is happy with what's going on – fan base, ownership and myself. Things need to get better. We need to play better baseball."
Two months in season, the countrymen have been the most disappointing team in baseball. Expected to fight for the National League East title, the 10 games were out of first place in their weekend series against the Miami Marlins. Their .380 winning percent was the fourth worst in the majesties, ahead of only Royals, Marlins and Orioles.
Although Washington has consistently underestimated this season, the past week has been particularly troublesome. After winning back-to-back games for the first time in a month, Nats continued to lose six of their next seven. That shit contained a four-game sweep in the hands of New York Mets, which was just swept off last place Miami.
"They are demanding losses and they are demoralizing and they are disruptive," said Rizzo, if the club lost eighth inning leads in each of the last three games of the Mets series. "We need to be able to win baseball games, we have to play cleaner games, we need to perform better, and we must play up to this roster's ability."
Washington's bullpen, which reaches the end of MLB with a 7.02 ERA, has been under siege for most of the season, but Rizzo was quick to point out that his relievers are not alone responsible for the team's fight.
"Everyone has their part in it," said GM. "Leadership, general manager, everyone has their role in how we play, like us in the last eight years of how well we have played. This is a team process. There are many things to go right to win and we must definitely turn around and play better baseball.
"We're pretty spoiled at the clubhouse. We have won many games for many years and we are used to winning. It does not happen right now, but we will not pull the plug in the season less than a third into it. "
Martinez spent 10 years serving as Joe Maddon's bench bench before earning his first hype after the 2017 season. He replaced Dusty Baker, who walked 192-132 and won two pennants during his two years in Washington, but failed to win a playoff series.In the second year of a three-year deal, Martinez is 101-111 since the takeover. 19659010]