If you haven’t taken a moment to join SB Nation FanPulse, now is the time to do it. They survey of fans across MLB. Each week, they send polls to fans from each team MLB team. Blue Jays fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.
This week there were two ‘national’ questions. They asked who would win the AL and NL Central races.
It seems the obvious choice. The Cardinals are up by 5 games (though they were only up by 3.5 games when the poll came out). With 18 games left the Cubs would have to go on a great run to catch up. They have 7 games against each other left on the schedule, so there is a chance. The Cubs are holding the second Wild Card spot at the moment but it is a tight race.
Twins are up by 5. Losing Michael Pineda is tough but making up 5 games will be even tougher. They have 3 games against each other, so a Cleveland sweep could make a race of it, but anything less than a sweep there would be little chance. Cleveland is half a game back from the A’s for the second Wild Card spot.
In the Blue Jays polls, both took a drop this week. Perhaps the long losing streak caused the drops. I’d feel better about the team if we were scoring some runs. I’d also feel better if Alford got the at bats that Davis is getting. I guess it is a small think, but I think Alford has a chance to be a very good player. I don’t feel the same about Davis.
The manager approval poll had Charlie’s number dropping from 90% the week before to 78% this week. As always, he does things that I don’t understand. But the bunt seems to be coming back into use after Charlie lost it in the back of the closet for a while there. I’d love him to leave it there. And, of course, he seems to think he’s paid by the pitching change. I understand that, with the bullpen he has, there aren’t a lot of good choices but I’d like him to stay with the hot hand occasionally.
The ‘confidence in the front office’ poll dropped from 84% to 68%.