The run that the Washington Nationals have been on has apparently inspired some of the SB Nation’s FanPulse voters.
In this week’s voting, the approval rating for Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez went up to 40% from 11%, 20%, and 24% in the previous three weeks. Wins in 12 of 17 games can have that effect apparently, and the Nats have been playing better baseball over that stretch and that’s apparently led to a bump in the belief in the overall direction of the team as well.
It fell to 6% in Week 10, the lowest mark this season, but over the last two weeks it’s jumped up to 37% and now 56% in Week 12.
The hole the Nationals dug for themselves in the first two-plus months of the season will be difficult to climb out of, but since they got healthy, over the last few weeks the improvement has been noticeable, with Trea Turner turning things on offensively, Aníbal Sánchez looking like the pitcher the Nationals thought they signed this winter, and the bullpen even pitching like they’re not the worst relief corps in recent history.
According to Fangraphs.com’s calculations, the Nationals currently have a 34.5% chance of making it to the postseason this year after missing out on October action last season.
The Nationals also have a chance to make up some ground on two of the three teams ahead of them over the next two weeks, so it will be interesting to see where Fanpulse voters are after a few games with the Phillies and Braves.
Also: The national baseball question this week asked voters how they felt about MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s work in that role, and while he’s not at Gary Bettman-esque boo him when he’s handing out the Stanley Cup levels of disapproval, the majority of voters appear to be a little less than impressed with the job he’s done.
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