It’s been a rough week for Davey Martinez, whose squad lost both third baseman Anthony Rendon and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman to the Injured List, and dropped five of six in the seven days since we last got the results of the manager approval rating for the skipper in the SB Nation FanPulse voting.
Martinez’s approval rating is down to a season-low 30% this week, after a slight jump up from 38% to 41% last time around. That’s down significantly from the Opening Day mark (73%), which dropped in each of the two weeks that followed (53%; 32%).
The confidence in the Nationals overall reached a new low as well, after they’d lost eight of the last 11 games going into the third of four with the St. Louis Cardinals last night.
This week, it fell to 37%, down from 45% last week, and 95% on Opening Day.
Rather than dwell on all that negativity, let’s take a look at the national baseball question included in the SB Nation FanPulse poll this week, which asked voters how many Wins Above Replacement (WAR) Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. would be worth in his rookie campaign, though they didn’t specify fWAR or bWAR, which would make a difference because...
[ed. note - “If you really wanted a detailed explanation of the differences between fWAR and bWAR here, you need a hobby. Just kidding here’s a link.”]
... anyway, the majority of voters are expecting Guerrero, Jr. to end up with less than 5 WAR overall in his rookie campaign.
How about the Nationals’ rookies (Victor Robles? Carter Kieboom? Where will they end up in (we’ll choose) fWAR?
Where are you on these questions? If you didn’t participate in the FanPulse survey this week, you can still sign up above or HERE.