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D-backs fans are not confident about the pitching

Well, this is my unsurprised face.

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For any team to find success they need to have faith in their pitching staff. Fewer than a tenth of Diamondbacks fans said they are confident in the team’s pitchers.

That hardly comes as a shock. There were question-marks over every member of the rotation on Opening Day, and the bullpen was decimated, almost before it could start, by the losses of Joakim Soria, Tyler Clippard and Chris Devenski for various reasons. Excluding the games today, the D-backs sit a troubling 25th in ERA. 28th in FIP and 25th in xFIP. Overall, by fWAR they have been exactly at replacement level. Much of that is on the bullpen, at -0.5 fWAR. While their overall ERA may not look too bad, at 3.90 (12th in the majors), their FIP is almost three-quarters of a run higher, at 4.64, suggesting some regression in their future. Considering they have five blown saves already, I’m not looking forward to that.

There have been some bright-ish spots. Taylor Widener has performed above expectations, and Zac Gallen came back sooner than we thought. But when you find yourself writing lines like “Luke Weaver hasn’t sucked as badly as in 2020” among the positives... Yeah, it has not been a season to remember, thus far. Maybe the arrival of J.B. Bukauskas will anchor the bullpen and provide some much needed stability and reliability there. We can only hope.... No, really: that’s basically ALL we can do. Hope.

Elsewhere, fans have been luckier. Already this year there have been some exceptional pitching performances around the league. In the timespan of less than a week, two no-hitters were thrown. They were the 306th and 307th no-hitters thrown in the league’s history and the seventh and eighth thrown since the start of the 2019 season. Despite the growing regularity of the outstanding performances, a vast majority of MLB fans believe a pitching a no-hitter is still a historic accomplishment.

In both Joe Musgrove’s game for the San Diego Padres and Carlos Rodón’s for the Chicago White Sox, only one runner reached base. In both instances the lone man on base reached after getting hit by a pitch.

According to fans nationally, allowing someone to reach by HBP in a no-hitter is the least acceptable way to get a runner on base. 40 percent of fans said the most acceptable way to allow someone to reach was by an error, while 30 percent said a walk.

While the two most recent performances only saw one runner reach, some pitchers have completed the milestone despite allowing multiple people on throughout the game.

However, a plurality of fans, 39 percent, don’t believe a no-hitter is diminished unless a pitcher allows at least five hitters to get to first. 26 percent of fans think the accomplishment is lessened after only a second runner gets on.

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