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SB Nation FanPulse: Fan confidence in the Detroit Tigers is dropping

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It’s amazing what happens when you lose 12 of your last 15 games.

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The promotional bit: Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Detroit Tigers fans, sign up here to join FanPulse.

We are a bit behind on our FanPulsing, but with the Detroit Tigers struggling of late, I’m sure many of you can predict how things have unfolded. The Tigers lost six consecutive games at one point since our most recent update, with the potential for another four more tacked on (depending on the outcome of their suspended game against the Oakland A’s). Dating back to the start of May, they have won just nine of their last 27 games, and that is only after their current streak of three consecutive victories.

The most recent FanPulse survey sent out by our SB Nation overlords came prior to that streak, however, so this week’s update is understandably grim.

To no one’s surprise, fan confidence is now at a low point in 2019. Just 45 percent of fans voiced their approval of the team’s direction last week, a figure that bumped up slightly to 48 percent this week. That figure dove below the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals, two teams that were previously behind the Tigers in this weird little exercise, and stayed well back of the Minnesota Twins, who earned a 100 percent approval rating from the fans at Twinkie Town this week.

Hey, at least they’re better than Cleveland. Just 23 percent of our friends at Let’s Go Tribe think their club is heading in the right direction.

Do you approve of the job Ron Gardenhire is doing as Tigers manager?

90% Yes
10% No

Ron Gardenhire’s popularity finally dipped a bit last week, falling to a season-worst 82 percent in FanPulse voting. However, it bounced back in the most recent survey, hovering back around 90 percent. The graph for that particular poll is wonderfully boring, as Gardenhire’s approval rating had floated between 88 and 90 percent for five consecutive week’s before the slight dip.

What do you think?

As always, remember that you can sign up for FanPulse here.