Mike Rizzo: 'We've been playing playoff style baseball since the end of May'

Julia Karron
NBC Sports Washington

The Nationals are finally in the NLCS, and that's no small feat.

The team was 19–31 heading into June after an embarrassing four-game sweep against the Mets, and GM Mike Rizzo knew the team needed a different mindset to flip the switch.

"I often say that we've been playing playoff-style baseball since the end of May because of the hole that we built for ourselves early on in the season," Rizzo said on the Sports Junkies Friday morning. "That's gonna be our mindset going into this and it's gonna take everything we have to beat a really good Cardinals team."

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The Nationals needed a sublime season from Juan Soto, an MVP-contender one from Anthony Rendon and some serious pitching performances to get to this point. And, of course, a little help from Howie Kendrick.

And now, the Nats are focused on the task at hand with a Cardinals team known to make serious noise in the postseason.

"We're up for the challenge and at the end of the day we're gonna feel good about ourselves when we get back home, " Rizzo said.

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