You won’t be too surprised to hear that confidence took a sharp dip at the end of May, a month in which the Diamondbacks slumped to an 8-19 record, lost A.J. Pollock and Robbie Ray to injury, and went from a 51⁄2 game lead to 11⁄2 back in the National League West. All the optimism which was present at the start of the month evaporated, with the team managing to win only two series over the whole of May. After the previous poll saw no-one at less than a six, the only question was, how big would the drop in confidence be? Here are the answers:
- 2% - 1 (not confident in the slightest)
- 4% - 2
- 10% - 3
- 18% - 4
- 21% - 5
- 28% - 6
- 11% - 7
- 4% - 8
- 4% - 9 (very, very, VERY confident)
The implosion at the top was quite spectacular, and matched the drop in the team’s record. At the beginning of May, no less than 62.6% of those polled went for an eight or a nine. By the end of May, that number became just 7.0%. Conversely, the 0% below a six became the majority, at 54.4%, with one-third now coming in at four or lower. Clearly, optimism remained fragile enough to be destroyed by the horror of May.
Below, you can see the breakdown of voting for the past year. Time progresses from the top down, beginning with the June 2017 poll.
The overall confidence level took the second-biggest hit in poll history, dropping by 2.64 points, from 7.82 to 5.18. The trails only “Black April,” when the opening stretch of the 2016 campaign saw a drop of more than three points at the end of the month. It also marks the first time since April 2017 that confidence came in lower than at the same point in the previous season, with this year’s figure below the 6.70 recorded at the end of May 2017. Here’s the chart with all the poll averages.
Despite the last couple of games, June has to be regarded as a great success. The D-backs reclaimed first spot, going 19-9, and currently sit 31⁄2 games up on the Dodgers. They didn’t suffer more than two losses in a row the entire month. Ray returned, and we should get Pollock back in a few days. However, there are still some questions about the rotation, with Shelby Miller’s performances to date being considerably less than whelming. Still, I reckon there should be a significant rebound: the question is, how much and to what level?
That’s what the poll below is for, along with the comments!
How confident are you about the Diamondbacks?
This poll is closed
1 (not confident in the slightest)
9 (very, very, VERY confident)