When the Yankees suffered a sweep at the hands of the Oakland A’s, I expected the FanPulse numbers to tank. Fans and pundits predicted a full-on collapse, reminding anyone who would listen that the Rays lurked in the division race. I thought that the fan confidence numbers would nose-dive.
Instead, the Bombers took two out of three from the Dodgers, and bam, just like that confidence went way up. This week’s 87% rating ranks as the highest mark since they reached that total in Week 11.
Aaron Boone also received a boost thanks to this enthusiasm. He, too, polls at 87%. I guess that rough patch was just a slump and not the sky falling. Now makes a good time to revisit Will’s sage advice from earlier in the week:
So yes, these games do matter, and continuing to win right now is of utmost importance. One bad performance or a slump, however, can easily get fixed before October. It’s not worth stressing over right now, even though it’s what sticks out on a game-to-game basis.
As for this week’s national poll, SB Nation asked readers for their opinion on whether it’s okay to break up a no-hitter or perfect game with a bunt.
Many fans find it acceptable, but a contingent clings to the unwritten rules. This actually became a significant controversy among these parts, as Matt Lipka, a Yankees farmhand, broke up a no-hitter with a ninth-inning bunt earlier this season. He received death threats for the incident, crying out loud!
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