According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, 95 percent of Blue Jays fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s down slightly from a full 100 percent to start the year.
A part of any fan’s confidence in the team is based on how well the team can get outs. A slight majority of Blue Jays fans said they have confidence in the team’s defense. Personally, I think there is an improvement over last year. Semien seems a big improvement at second. Vladimir Guerrero is looking better at first and there hasn’t been that many misplays in the outfield. Some is likely the getting the full spring training.
Defenses around the league are dealing with a couple of changes this season. One that theoretically should help while the other makes things more difficult. Here are numbers for other AL East teams:
- Baltimore: 24%
- Red Sox: 48%
- Yankees: 34%
- Rays: 87%
So it could be worse.
After a few years of rising home run totals, the league reportedly made a change to deaden the baseballs used in games. However, if this has happened, fans haven’t yet noticed.
One undeniable change is a carry-over from last season when MLB decided to start each extra-inning with a runner on second base. The rule was implemented to increase scoring in extra innings and ideally prevent them from going into multiple extra innings.
While there is no doubt fans have taken notice of this change, it doesn’t mean they like what they see.
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