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Open letter to Mike Rizzo

July 28, 2019

The Nats have been perplexing this season. They were awful at the start, then on the completely arbitrary date of May 24, they decided to stop being awful and have been the hottest team in the league.

This weekend, they met up with the second hottest team in the league, the LA Dodgers, and … it didn’t go so well.

Yes, the Nats closed out the series with a solid Curly-W, but the two prior games showed off the main problems for our home town team: pitching.

Either it’s the fact that the Nats lack a solid five starters, or the fact that their bullpen can give away any lead.

For the record, if you hadn’t been paying attention to the Nats’ bullpen woes this year, I googled “nationals bullpen is terrible” and got 4,120,000 results. Here are the top 10: Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad.

But here we are a couple of months after the Nats resurgence, and they’re actually good now, right? Well, maybe.

Sure, Scherzer is rehabbing, so we can’t blame him. But when faced with important games against a good team, the Nattys folded in the first two. So here’s my open letter to Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo.

I don’t want ONE big change before Wednesday’s trade deadline. I want two. You only get one chance this year to trade. Use it.

Please, please please, please please please please please please. Get a starter and a closer.

Sure it will cost a lot of money, but I have the luxury of not caring – I don’t pay your bills. And yeah, you might have to give up something you don’t want to, but my memory is so short. Get a good closer. Get a fifth starter. Make some noise in the playoffs if you can.

Tomorrow is promised to no one.

Wow, that was way more serious-sounding than I meant.

Meanwhile, the Nats are still 5 1/2 games out even while the NL East leading Braves have gone 4-6 in their last 10. The Phillies are only a game behind. Without a solid move (or two!), we could end the season the way it began. And I don’t think anyone in DC wants that.