Seat getting hotter under Nats manager?

Ben Krimmel
May 02, 2019 - 1:58 pm
Is Nationals manager Dave Martinez on the hot seat?

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Well, this season hasn't been the party many Nats fans thought it would be. 

The calendar has flipped to May and the Washington Nationals find themselves in fourth place in the tough NL East. And most worryingly for Nationals fans, there isn't one single cause for the team's struggles: the bullpen has been poor, the timely hitting hasn't been there, the defense suspect at times, the base running less than crisp, and the injuries steadily mounting

And because of all that, second-year manager Dave Martinez has received his fair share of the blame.

"The rumblings are out there and they are down on manager Davey Martinez," Grant Paulsen said on 106.7 The Fan. "When you inherit a team, that by all accounts is every bit as good as those on paper at the beginning of these seasons, that made two-straight playoff appearances and you miss the playoffs in your first year, there's gonna be a lot of pressure."

"And here they are now, off to a bad start 29 games into the season with just 12 wins and scuffling again," he said. 

The question now becomes: Is the seat under Martinez beginning to get hot? Is it fair to say he is coaching for his job, even though the season has only just begun?

"I think it's OK to start to say, 'Hey, feet to the fire now,'" Danny Rouhier said Thursday.

"Because this could get away from you in a hurry. This could go sideways really quickly," he said. "You could wake up and be 10 games under .500 before you blink. That's really hard to climb out from. That's really, really tough to climb back from, especially in this kinda division. "

Nationals closer Sean Doolittle told Grant & Danny Wednesday it isn't time to worry about Martinez's job.

"I think it's a little bit too early to start worrying about that," Doolittle said. "I think managers a lot of times, they get probably too much of the blame, a disproportionate amount of the blame. You know, he had a tough gig following Dusty coming in here. You think about Dusty's resume and everything he's done in and around this game."

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"I don't know if firing Davey Martinez fixes anything," Rouhier said. 

However, that doesn't always allow a manager to keep his job.

"A lot of managers have lost their job's when nothing was gonna be fixed just because (a team wants to) try something different," Paulsen said. "I don't think he will be fired, I'll start with that. I don't think he should be fired, right now."

That could change if the Nationals' struggles continue. And it doesn't get any easier as the Nats begin a 10-game road trip Friday with three games in Philadelphia, three in Milwaukee, and four games against the Los Angeles Dodgers to follow. 

Martinez's future in Washington could hinge on the team's performance during the Nationals next fortnight of baseball.

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