Are you confident in the direction of the team? 93% YES
After a successful couple of games in Colorado to open this road-trip, the D-backs - and their pitching, in particular - hit a bit of a pot-hole. Archie Bradley blew the chance of a sweep of the Rockies, then Merrill Kelly did his best Steve Irwin impression when encountering the Rays. Yoshihisa Hirano’s struggles doomed any chance of a comeback in the second game, but Arizona clawed their way to a 13-inning win to avoid a sweep on the other side in the finale, after Greg Holland blew his first save chance. All told, a 3-3 road-trip is by no means a disaster: it could have been 4-2, but could also have been 2-4. And so, confidence cracked 90% for the first time.
Do you approve of the job Torey Lovullo is doing as manager? 95% YES
That’s down three percent from last week’s figure, but still gives Arizona one of the higher approval ratings of any manager in the National League West. Curiously, the Rockies are currently sitting at 100%, which I’m guessing is some kind of elaborate piece of performance art, considering they currently sit tied for last place in the division. They have the same record as the Giants’, and after last year, you’d expect Rockies’ expectations would be higher. But Giants’ fans offer only 76% confidence in their manager. Then again, the Padres are lower still at 73%, and they are doing rather well. So I’m not certain of the logic some fanbases are using to determine their approval!
Or maybe we just need to have what Colorado fans are smoking. [Incoming comment from AzDbacksFan in 3... 2...]