Despite a rather upsetting week in TigerTown — the Tigers were waxed in their series finale against the Angels before somehow squeaking out a series split against the Minnesota Twins — those that responded to our FanPulse generally feel about the same about the Tigers as they have for the past few weeks. Fan confidence has held steady over the past few weeks, improving slightly up to 69 percent (nice) in this week’s voting. Fans are still a little less confident about the team than they were heading into the season, but this recent plateau has made for a fairly boring graphic.
While fan confidence has been below 70 percent for the past few weeks, it ranks second among the FanPulse voting for our AL Central brethren. The Minnesota Twins have the highest fan confidence level, naturally, at 98 percent. They have been at 95 percent or better in each of the past six weeks, which makes sense considering they have had the best record in baseball for a large part of this stretch (how anyone in that fanbase voted “no” is beyond me).
Next comes our poll, at 69 percent. The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals are closely bunched, with fan confidence levels of 56 and 55 percent, respectively. Chicago’s has steadily declined over the past few weeks, falling from 74 percent near the end of April to just 56 percent this week. Kansas City’s has fluctuated some, but has stabilized between 55 and 62 percent over the past five weeks.
Then come the Cleveland Indians and our friends at Let’s Go Tribe. Their fans came into the year a bit salty, with a confidence level of just 74 percent despite having won the past three AL Central titles. They quickly dipped to 53 percent after the first week of the season, and haven’t pushed north of 70 percent since then. This week, Tribe fans have a confidence level of just 33 percent, the lowest in the entire American League. Only the Pittsburgh Pirates (20 percent) and Washington Nationals (11 percent) have lower approval ratings in our FanPulse voting this week.
Do you approve of the job Ron Gardenhire is doing as Tigers manager?
Ho hum, another high-80s approval rating for Gardenhire. As many of you mentioned in last week’s thread, it’s hard to blame Gardenhire for the poor roster he has been dealt. If anything, his ability to coax wins out of this group despite most metrics suggesting they are among the worst teams in baseball speaks to his abilities as a manager and motivator. His votes have been remarkably consistent lately, hovering between 88 and 90 percent in each of the past five weeks.
What do you think?
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