The only thing I know for sure about FanPulse voters is that I don’t understand the FanPulse voters. In no way does that mean I don’t like FanPulse voters — the opposite! People willing to respond to these fun surveys every week are doing it because of their interest in the Giants, and to a far lesser extent, this website.
You all might be better fans than me.
FanPulse voters continued their positive upswing in confidence about the direction of the Giants — up from 38% two weeks ago to 50% this week.
Last week, the Giants swept the Padres in a 2-game series and took two out of three against the Brewers. We also had a whole other week to absorb the Giants’ draft, which overall seemed to have gone pretty well (more on that in a podcast next week), and maybe the Warriors situation was too sad to carry over to the Giants — I don’t know!
Bruce Bochy’s approval rating soared seven points to 90%, his highest approval rating since 95% in Week 1. That’s impressive, and all he had to do, it seems, was preside over competent starting pitching and a lock down closer he pitched three days in a row.
A 90% approval doesn’t make him baseball’s highest-rated manager, but he’s ahead of Dave Roberts (88%), Bob Melvin (87%), Alex Cora (77%), and Gabe Kapler (55%).
Kapler had a 100% approval rating last week, so when you look at the numbers, maybe the thinking behind these yes or no confidence votes starts to come into focus: team does well, confidence up. Team has a bad week, confidence goes down. Philadelphia went 4-2 two weeks ago, approval was at 100%. Giants go 4-1 last week, Bochy’s approval rating jumps to 90%. Phillies went 2-4 last week, Kapler’s approval drops to 55%.
That 2-4 Week 13 also cratered Phillies FanPulse voters’ confidence in the team direction. 92% confidence in week 12, 18% confidence after week 13.
It will be interesting to see how much this 4-game Dodgers series skews the polls. A split or series win could raise the numbers, but what if the Giants win just one out of four? Would it really be a surprise and would that non-surprise really affect voters’ approval rating and team confidence?
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