With injuries piling up, is it fair to blame the Nats for struggling?

Josh Luckenbaugh
May 08, 2019 - 9:25 am

The Nationals fell to the Brewers 6-0 Tuesday, their fourth loss in their last five games and dropping their record to 14-21. Washington is officially off to its worst start in a decade. 

But given how injuries have ravaged the lineup, is it fair to blame the team for struggling? The Sports Junkies debated that question Wednesday.

"Is it fair to criticize Davey (Martinez)? Yes, it's fair to criticize Davey," said Jason Bishop. "I'm just not sure how much of that he deserves considering all the everyday players he's got out right now."

"Bullpen's been a forest fire, I get it. But until (Anthony) Rendon came back yesterday, you had five everyday players out of the lineup, including essentially your best four hitters."

Rendon returned from the IL Tuesday, but Trea Turner, Ryan Zimmerman, Juan Soto and Matt Adams are still sidelined with injuries. Additionally, relievers Trevor Rosenthal, Koda Glover and Tony Sipp are all on the shelf. 

"It's just a fact they're injured, but you have to go beyond it because everybody gets injured," said Eric "EB" Bickel. "It's definitely affecting them, nobody knows to what extent, but the fact is ... they're about 35 or 36 games in, you just can't ignore the fact they're a bad baseball team right now."

"It's a shame too, because the littlest, stupidest things are killing them."

And even if the Nats get healthy, will they have already dug themselves too deep a hole to save the season, and possibly Martinez's job?"

"What if they lose 16 of 17, or get swept (against the Dodgers)? Does Davey make it back to play the Mets next week? I don't know," said Bishop. "Is this team good enough to overcome a 10 game deficit?" 

"The Davey deathwatch is officially on," said John "Cakes" Auville. "If they get swept in Milwaukee, then lose three of four in LA, the deathwatch is on."

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