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SB Nation FanPulse: D-backs fans are... uncertain

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The first FanPulse results are in, and represent a mixed bag.

Testing for Balkan Syndrome Photo by Sean Gallup/Newsmakers

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Diamondbacks fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

This is the good news. Fans appear generally happy with the job Torey Lovullo is doing as team manager, giving him a vote of confidence by more than a 4-1 margin. This makes sense: he is the winningest manager in franchise history, his current .540 W% edging out even World Series winning manager, Bob Brenly, albeit by less than a handful of points (Brenly sits at .536). Whether that will be retained by the end of this season is rather in doubt, with about two-thirds of fans seeing a losing record in the team’s immediate future. However, the general consensus appears to be that any looming darkness is not Lovullo’s fault, more a combination of ownership, the front office and Steven Souza’s cleats...

Are you confident in the direction of the team: 50% Yes

Despite support for Lovullo, there’s much less certainty about whether the team is going in the right direction. In fact, there was an exactly even split here. I can understand both points of view, and am more than a little uncertain myself. The team seems to be trying to steer a route that involves rebuilding the farm system while staying competitive. This is considerably harder than it is to write. Only four NL teams (Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers and Nationals) have managed winning records in each of the last three seasons, as the D-backs start their quest for the first such three-peat in franchise history since 2003. I suspect whatever the team’s direction is. will be considerably clearer, come the end of the season.

Will your team win the World Series: 100% No

My unsurprised face is in the best pre-season shape of its life. No real surprise here, considering the team were 50/1 long-shots at the sports books - and that’s before Souza was lost for the season. Though I’m a little surprised there was complete unanimity on the topic. I mean, 16% of people believe in Bigfoot. That’s 16% more than believe the D-backs will win the World Series this year. But there’s something to be said for going into a season with little if any expectations. It’s considerably chiller, and far more likely to be a pleasant surprise than a disappointment!

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