We are back for another week of SB Nation Reacts fan polling. For this week’s edition, we are looking at the weekly confidence polling of the team overall, confidence in the pitching staff specifically, and then a couple of broad questions about no-hitters. Let’s get into it.
As one would imagine with the Red Sox playing so well, particularly compared to expectations, fan confidence in this team only continues to rise. They’ve been stuck in the 70s for most of this early portion of the schedule, but they finally got into B-territory after they continue to win ballgames. After this latest week (we should note these polls go out on Mondays, so this is a bit delayed) they are up to 80 percent. It’s a nine percentage point increase from last season, and puts them at 13th in baseball. Red Sox fans find themselves between fans of the A’s and the Rays.
Pitching Staff Confidence
We are still not even a month into the season, but I do think this qualifies as an increase in confidence given where the pitching staff was expected to be prior to the season. It’s still not a great rating — a true contender certainly wants to be more of a 50/50 type of staff — but having more people confident than not is an accomplishment.
As far as me personally, I have a hard time with this question as a binary. I think if I had to choose it would be no, because I think they have sort of built a lot of their success on a house of cards. I’m confident in Nathan Eovaldi and Eduardo Rodriguez, as well as Matt Barnes and Garrett Whitlock. But that’s not really enough for me to say I’m totally confident in the staff. But like I said, the binary option is kind of hard to parse. If it were, say, a scale of 1-10, I’d probably be like a five.
We’ve already seen a pair of no-hitters around the league in this early portion of the schedule, so it’s only natural we had a couple of league-wide questions relating to the accomplishment.
That this is even a question is preposterous to me. I know technically you can throw a no-hitter while not being that effective, due to walks and having good defense behind you. But come on. It’s still a cool accomplishment and something to celebrate.
To me the answer is nonexistent, so I guess I go five-plus given these options.
Error has to be tops here, and I’m actually surprised it wasn’t the highest vote-getter here. Unless it’s an error on the pitcher, it is by definition not the pitcher’s fault. My big gripe here is hit by pitch not being ahead of walk. For a hit by pitch, it’s only one offering that got away rather than four.