Our weekly FanPulse poll showed little movement:
95% of us approve of the manager. I’ll admit if they ask this question right after a 3rd inning bunt I’d have a different answer. Early game bunts I hate. Don’t play for a run unless you know one run is going to be important. I do like squeeze bunts. The are almost impossible to defend.
And 84% of us have confidence in the direction of the team. After watching the games this week, it can only go up from here, right? That number is down from 95% yesterday.
It would be nice if we could start making hard contact again. Early in the season, when we weren’t hitting, I felt like we were hitting into bad luck, at least some of the time. Ball hit hard were landing in gloves, but I could console myself with the thought that at least there was hard contact.
The last few games hard contact seems to have disappeared, in favor of popups, soft ground balls and, of course strikeouts. The little bit of magic that Eric Sogard and Freddy Galvis had seems to have worn off.
The ‘National Question’ (dear FanPulse, shouldn’t that be ‘International question’?) was asking about surprise teams.
I’m not sure that the Rays really are that big a surprise, and I guess that would explain why they lead the poll.
The Twins looked pretty good this week, but we can make any team (other than the A’s) look good. The Twins seem to be able to square up a pitch and hit it hard. I think they could be able to stay at the top of the AL Central.