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Rizzo on streak, trade deadline, Potomac

Jun 19, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

Mike Rizzo, obviously, is pleased with the eight-game winning streak the Nationals carried into today's series finale against the Orioles. But the general manager isn't necessarily surprised by this sudden success, given what he had seen in the weeks leading up to it.

Nor does he believe the winning streak will change his approach to roster-shaping at the July 31 trade deadline.

"No, it doesn't," Rizzo said this morning. "I've got a plan and a vision what we'd like the team to look like through this year, at the end of the year and into next year. So our plans won't change. We'll have the same strategy as far as the trade deadline and that type of thing."

The Nationals entered the day one game under .500, 3 1/2 games out the NL wild-card race. Rizzo, though, saw signs of this streak a few weeks ago, even when his team was losing close games.

"I always lean on the fact that we were actually hitting the ball pretty well before we went on the streak, and they were being caught," he. "The San Francisco series was kind of a microcosm of where we were on the season. We were hitting the ball extremely hard at people, andRead more »

  1. Jasoneducator - Jun 19, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    "We've got a lot of money invested in those players. We need a safe, comfortable, developmentally friendly environment for them to play in."Translation: You will not get a rehab start from Strasburg or much time from Bryce Harper until you address these issues and that will cost you money. If Bryce Harper can mash the Sally League he can skip the Carolina League and that will hurt your bottom line.

  2. John R. - Jun 19, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    I find it a little disturbing that it is already time for media pundits and blog commenters to start discussions about the July 31 trade deadline and which players the Nats might trade for future prospects. For a lot of us, the season is just now really beginning. Look at the attendance this week — 27k, 27k, 19k, 35k, 36k, and more than 36k today. Basketball and hockey just ended and football won't start until August (maybe), so there are a bunch of fans ready for baseball. Let's play this season's games and plan for the offseason in October!

  3. Anonymous - Jun 19, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    I find it a little disturbing that it is already time for media pundits and blog commenters to start discussions about the July 31 trade deadline and which players the Nats might trade for future prospects.Rizzo said he is going to ensure he gets value back that will affect this 2011 and future years. Its a process that takes time although given this year's draft (and if they sign their top 20 as they did last year) they may be restocking, refurbishing the franchise almost at baseball warp speed. Rendon could conceivably enter the majors at about the same time as Harper. The best high school hitter and the best college hitter in over a decade entering the lineup at the same timeThen, there's Strasburg and there are other pitchers … they really only need 1 top of the rotation starter and a lead off hitter at this point it seems.

  4. Anonymous - Jun 19, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    I see a story cited to the left talking about Wang leaving Viera. Enough already- is the guy going to even pitch for the minor league teams or not? We haven't needed him as much as we might have expected to, but it would sill be a huge bonus if he could make it back to close to his old form.BTW- I am tired of the Google sign in not working anymore.+1/2St.

  5. Anonymous - Jun 19, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Who is Rizzo going to replace Zimmerman for now that Zim has Steve Blass/Mackey Sasser Disease? Trade for a third baseman or bring up Norris and turn him into a 3b man?

  6. joemktg - Jun 19, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    RE: PNats"We've met with them several times, and they know we have a plan at the end of the season to address it."What is said plan that Rizzo et al has in place at the end of the season to address it? Anything short of leaving the Pfitz is inadequate. Time's up, Coach Silber.

  7. Sec3MySofa - Jun 19, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    @JohnR- WADR, it's a matter of weeks away, and the season is nearly half over. It's not "media pundits'" fault that folks show up in the bottom of the third, so to speak.

  8. Anonymous - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:23 AM

    Anonymous (5:54pm) — Are you serious?! Trade for a 3rd baseman because Zim has had a bad week defensively? That is one of the stupidest baseball decisions I've ever heard and it didn't even come from JayB. Zim is our best player offensively and a great defender at a premium position. Don't trade him unless you get Josh Johnson in return.

  9. Anonymous - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Josh Johnson's shoulder is broken. Don't touch him with a 40' pole.

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