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Red Sox fans feeling good heading into the deadline

Particularly relative to the rest of the year.

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MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

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Red Sox Fans’ confidence is trending upward

The Red Sox are just a few hours away from the deadline to improve their roster for 2019, as this is the first year MLB will not have an August waiver period. If teams don’t make a move by 4:00 PM ET this afternoon, they will have to rely on DFAs and players being cut to improve their roster. That’s not going to do much. So, all eyes are on the deadline in a way we’ve never really seen before.

With that in mind, just how are the Red Sox fans feeling about this team? It turns out winning five of seven against the Rays and Yankees in the first half of the season’s biggest stretch leaves people feeling confident.

As you can see in the graphic above, it hasn’t always been the case that people are feeling good about this team and it’s been a rollercoaster over the last month in particular. Confidence got close to a season-low in last week’s polling, but the confidence rate doubled from 35 percent to 70 percent. That 70 percent rate is the team’s highest rating since the 11th week of the season. As far as how this confidence in the direction of the team compares to the rest of the division, Baltimore (I don’t know either) and New York rate more highly than Boston while Tampa Bay is tied at 70 percent and Toronto is behind.

What does this mean about the trade deadline itself? Probably not much! Fan confidence is fickle, as you can see from that graphic above. It is particularly fickle when a team is as infuriatingly inconsistent as this Red Sox team has been in 2019. That said, the team has a chance to build on momentum both on the field and among the fan base. Go get something truly impactful done, Dave. (This was written at 5:00 AM. If something has already happened, know that you are reading in the future.)

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