Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Indians fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.
For the first time this season, every single Indians fan that responded to SB Nation’s FanPulse poll voted that they were confident in the direction of the team. The 100% confidence rating is a 9% bump over last season and continues and upward trend that started a month ago, when the Indians were rapidly catching up to the Twins.
Even after losing the series to the Red Sox, 2-1, it’s not hard to be confident in the direction of the Indians. They have Puig for the rest of this season, and Franmil Reyes for the next four or five. Meanwhile, they have a young group of outfielders that are finally starting to click and a seemingly endless supply of pitchers coming through the ranks. And did I mention a stud reliever who could see the field before the end of the season in James Karinchak? The present and near-future are very bright for the Indians.
Approval of manager Terry Francona stayed at 91% this week, marking the sixth-straight week it has stayed above 90%.
In other news that is still hilarious, the confidence of Red Sox fans doubled (!!!) from last week — from 4% to 8%. Twins fans, who watched their AL Central lead melt away and disappear for a brief time this week, were only 64% confident this week. That’s their lowest this season by a long shot.
In the national poll, SB Nation asked fans about “juiced balls” and whether or not they were being doctored intentionally. Sixty-eight percent of those polled said they believed it was intentional; the other 32% just really believes in coincidences.