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The Cleveland Indians, arguably the hottest team in baseball for nearly two months now, are set to face the AL Central-leading Twins tonight and potentially retake their throne atop the division.
Earlier this week, SB Nation polled Indians fans on their confidence in the direction of the team, and a whopping 91% said they were confident. This was the first FanPulse poll conducted since the Indians acquired Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes among others in exchange for Trevor Bauer, and as you might expect as you might expect there was a bump from last week’s 82% confidence rating.
That 9% jump represents one of the biggest upward trends in confidence across SB Nation’s network of baseball blogs, trailing only the improved confidence of fans of the Rays (+19%), Rangers (+16%), Mets (+42%), and Diamondbacks (+36%).
The volatility of the trade deadline meant a lot of confidence swings in both directions. Hilariously enough, the confidence of Red Sox fans plummeted from 70% to just 4%.
Here is the Indians’ steady rise in confidence in graph form:
Terry Francona’s approval remains high at 91%, but it’s a slight dip from the 94% approval rating of last week’s poll. I’m assuming it’s because this poll was conducted a day after the Indians bunted away the ninth inning against the Rangers and at least 3% of Indians fans weren’t thrilled with it.
On the national side of things, SB Nation also asked all baseball fans about who they felt was the strongest team coming out of the trade deadline. The Indians came in with a rousing 2%, but anyone who didn’t vote for the Astros was lying to themselves anyway. They ran away with the poll at 82%.