Returning from a shocking four-game sweep at the hands of the Mets, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo spoke prior to the series opener against the Marlins at Nationals Park.
Obviously, it has not been a good week for the Nats and Rizzo. The Nats have not won a game since Saturday night, losing a season-high five games in a row.
There has been a rush of talk on social media about the status of manager Davey Martinez. The club has lost 31 of its first 50 games of the season. But Rizzo is not going to point fingers at his second-year skipper, saying there is plenty of blame to go around for the rough start.
“We’re not making any decisions with a third of the season gone,” Rizzo said. “We’ve got a lot of season left. Davey’s not happy with what’s going on, nobody’s happy with what’s going on - the fan base, ownership and myself. Things got to get better. We’ve got to play better baseball.
“Everyone’s got their part in it. Management, general manager - everyone’s got their part in how we’re playing, just as we have for the past eight years of how well we’ve played. This is a team process. There’s a lot of things that have to go right to win and we certainly have to turn around and play better baseball.”
The GM said it has been uncomfortable week for him as the Nationals lost four in a row at Citi Field, the first four-game sweep at the hands of the Mets since the Nats arrived from Montreal in 2005. He has seen that it’s not just the bullpen or the lack of a high-scoring offense that plagues the Nationals.