When we last looked, the regular season has just finished, and the Diamondbacks were girding their loins, in preparation for the first playoff campaign around these parts since 2011. Would that be reflected in the highest confidence rating since we started doing these at the beginning of 2016? Or would the way we limped, rather than sprinted, into the post-season dampen enthusiasm? The results from the October 1 poll were as follows (245 votes total cast, which incidentally is the second-highest number ever, being only the 268 in February 2016):
- 4% - 1 (not confident in the slightest)
- 0% - 2
- 1% - 3
- 1% - 4
- 4% - 5
- 10% - 6
- 26% - 7
- 25% - 8
- 29% - 9 (very, very, VERY confident)
A small but noticeable element of probable troll voting in the 1’s - there was a higher percentage there than voted 1-5 combined in the September poll. But a bigger impact was in the shine going somewhat off at the top of the board. While both the 7’s and the 9’s were little changed from September, the 8’s dropped from 37% last month, to 25%: the resulting votes were spread around the lower reaches of the chart.
Below, you can see the breakdown of voting for the past year. Time progresses from the top down, beginning with the November 2016 poll.
The overall result chipped half a point off the average rating, which declined from 7.84 at the beginning of September, to 7.33 at the beginning of October. It was, however, still the second best figure in the 22 months we’ve been taking the temperature of Diamondbacks fandom. Here’s how things have changed over that time.
This month’s poll
Since last time, we had the overwhelming joy of the wild-card game, followed by the not-quite-so joyous Division Series defeat. But all told, you’d have to be a curmudgeon to profess any significant disappointment at how the 2017 season went. It’s over now, and the planning and preparation for 2018 will begin, as soon as the final pitch is thrown tonight in Los Angeles - though I’d be surprised if it hasn’t begun already. Does it feel like this was lightning being caught in a bottle? Or we confident that the Mike Hazen regime will be able to build upon unexpected success, in a way the Kevin Towers and Josh Byrnes front-offices could not?
Here’s the ballot: as ever, explain yourself in the comments.
How confident are you about the Diamondbacks?
This poll is closed
1 (not confident in the slightest)
9 (very, very, VERY confident)