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Arizona Diamondbacks: January confidence poll

Bravely into 2024 we plunge!

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December results

The warm glow of the Diamondbacks winning the National League pennant continued to inform fan confidence as we headed down the final stretch of 2023. It’s really a remarkable turnaround, considering the confidence score was below four when we went into August. And that was before we lost nine games in a row to start off that month as well. Now, we are buoyed by the knowledge that the D-backs are National League champions, and hardly lost anyone of significance to free agency this winter. So virtually the entire band will be back together when they report to spring training next month. Certainly, anticipation for the season seems never to have been higher in SnakePit history...

Here are the numbers from the poll at the beginning of December.

  • 0% - 1 (not confident in the slightest)
  • 0% - 2
  • 0% - 3
  • 1% - 4
  • 4% - 5
  • 8% - 6
  • 41% - 7
  • 37% - 8
  • 8% - 9 (very, very, VERY confident)

Absolutely nobody ventured into the lower third of the poll this time around. The only month prior where that could be said was May 2018, when remarkably, everyone was at a six or better. Even in September 2017, when the confidence was an all-time high of 7.84, there was one person who voted a two. However, there was also a sharp decrease at the very top end, as the exhilaration of the post-season faded a little from memory. The “9” category was cut in half, decreasing from 17% at the start of November, to 8%. This effectively canceled out the gains at the lower end, as votes were consolidated in the middle. The average barely changed, ticking slightly down from 7.36 to 7.33.

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.

January poll

Since last time, the good news is, the D-backs have added Eduardo Rodriguez to their starting rotation, which now looks a bit more solid than it did at this point last season. However, the bad news, in terms of divisional chances, is what the Dodgers did, adding a pair of Japanese superstars to their roster, on terms best described as “favorable”, especially in the case of Shohei Ohtani, who will get a 30-second commercial’s worth of payment for each of the next ten years. So is it a case of a step forward for Arizona, only to find themselves further behind the Dodgers in 2024? Or are you unconcerned about moves elsewhere, and focusing only on what the D-backs do?

That would be what the poll is for. As ever, feel free to explain your choice in the comments, especially if it has changed from the previous one.

Poll

How confident are you about the Diamondbacks?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    1 (not confident in the slightest)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    2
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    3
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    4
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    5
    (3 votes)
  • 8%
    6
    (9 votes)
  • 41%
    7
    (43 votes)
  • 31%
    8
    (33 votes)
  • 11%
    9 (very, very, VERY confident)
    (12 votes)
104 votes total Vote Now