Whether there was a genuine feeling of optimism, or just a bit of a dead cat bounce. the reasonable way in which the team finished off the regular season schedule seems to have given reason for hope. After going 3-10 over the first half of September, they ended relatively strong. The D-back took eight of the last twelve games, and even got a couple of (much-needed) decent outings from Madison Bumgarner. It was still a thoroughly disappointing season. But finishing with a record of 25-35 when you had a stretch where you were 2-18, is almost bordering on the impressive. This seems to have been reflected in the results at the start of October:
- 20% - 1 (not confident in the slightest)
- 21% - 2
- 20% - 3
- 13% - 4
- 12% - 5
- 11% - 6
- 2% - 7
- 1% - 8
- 0% - 9 (very, very, VERY confident)
On the down side, this is one of only four times nobody at all voted a 9. Usually, even in the toughest of times there’s someone (whether it’s their idea of a laugh or someone who has overdosed on MDMA). Not this time. On the other hand, while the majority of people were still sitting at “3” or lower, the plurality did decrease. It dropped from 77.3% at the start of September, to 59.8% last month. There were also marginally more “2” than “1” votes, which hadn’t been the case in September. Overall, the average improved by two-thirds of a point, going up from 2.61 to 3.27. This also meant the figure was not the worst October figure in the history of this survey, surpassing October 2016’s number of 3.11.
Below, you can see the breakdown for the past 12 polls’ results, followed by the line graph showing the trends over this and previous seasons.
The good news is, the Diamondbacks went undefeated since we last checked in to take measure of fan confidence! The bad news? That’s because they didn’t qualify for the post-season, and had to watch from the sidelines as the Los Angeles Dodgers* won the World Series. There were the usual post-Series slew of options being exercised or not - mostly not in Arizona’s case, though I don’t think any of them, in either direction, count as much of a surprise.
How things will progress remains to be seen: this off-season promises to be about as unprecedented as the regular season was. We can’t know how things will shake down, though the signs point to money being in short supply. So, how do you feel about the D-backs as we head into the winter? The poll is below, feel free to explain your choice in the comments, especially if it has changed from the October poll.
How confident are you about the Diamondbacks?
This poll is closed
1 (not confident in the slightest)
9 (very, very, VERY confident)