The hot seat has not gotten any cooler.
The question now: How much runway does Martinez have left?
"A lot of it's not his fault," Eric Bickel said. "(But) there has to be a fall guy. That's fine. There has to be a fall guy, I've accepted it. I also know that he's not special, I know that. So it's not like you're losing anything if you let (Martinez) go."
"It makes it look like your organization like you're rudderless. Like you're flailing," Bickel said. "On the heels of just firing the pitching coach, it just... so is there going to be a whole staff change? Just drop it all?"
But, if the Nationals now realize hiring Martinez was a mistake, J.P. Flaim argues, isn't it smart to rectify that mistake as soon as possible?
"Why delay? If you've come to a determination, 'We've made a mistake and this season is heading in the wrong direction.' And yes, it is a grasp to bring in an outside manager or to elevate somebody who is already on the staff, it's a grasp. It's throwing out a life preserver, but at least you then have a shot."
After pointing to the numerous people on the Injured List, Rizzo said, "Once we get those guys back, I think the offense and the defense will stabilize and I think we'll really get a gauge on what type of chance and what type of team that we have going forward in the last 80 percent of the season."
To Auville, "The firing of Lilliquist buys Davey, at least, a month... unless (the situation) becomes untenable."
However, all of that could change after four games in Los Angeles against one of the best teams in baseball.
"If they come back here and on Monday (after a poor series against the Dodgers and) Rizzo pulls him into his office and says, 'Look we just gotta do something,'" Flaim said.
"But if you lose those eight in a row and (the Nats) were a team that was supposed to contend. Would you be stunned if it happened?" Flaim asked.
"No, I wouldn't be stunned at all," Auville answered.