Four Predictions for the Second Half of the Nationals' Season

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Davey Martinez and Staff Retain Their Jobs

I could write an entire article on this prediction alone, but I will instead try to keep it brief.

I believe the Nationals are one of the worst coached teams in baseball from top to bottom. I believe the players enjoy playing for Davey Martinez and enjoy him as a person, which is important, but I do not believe Martinez or his staff are the ones best equipped to mold and develop this young team in order to get them to where they need to be. Darnell Coles above all else has done detrimental damage to some of these young hitters like Luis Garcia and Keibert Ruiz.

That being said, the ownership situation leads me to believe not much, if anything at all, will change. If Mike Rizzo and Davey Martinez are in fact tied together, then it is almost a certainty that Martinez will stay because Rizzo isn't going anywhere while the Lerners are still here. Even if a sale does happen in the coming months, I don't think a managerial change happens right away. It would like take a season under new ownership to play out so that they can make their own evaluations.

All this means is that despite what I believe will be another painful second half of the season, we will get more of the same in 2024.