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It hasn’t been a good couple weeks for the Dodgers, going 7-7 in their last 14 games.
This .500 stretch is a huge change of pace for fans, and it’s safe to say they aren’t all too happy with it. It doesn’t come as a surprise that fan confidence is directly correlated to how the team is performing. With that being said, Dodgers fan confidence is on the decline and reached its lowest point of the year.
At the same time, fans’ approval of Dave Roberts has also declined to 77%, which is a 10% decrease from last week.
We asked our followers on Twitter how they’re feeling about the past couple weeks, and there were mixed reactions. Some fans are worried about the team’s recent performance while others are hopeful they will get out of this funk.
2017 pretty much made and broke me. This is nothing.— JBrew (@The_AppGames) August 31, 2019
The recent trends are troubling. Specifically the decline of Ryu.— Jason Martinez (@JasonFox29) August 31, 2019
Just get this out of their system now and get the bats and arms hot before October.— Laura Perry (@LauraGlorybelle) August 31, 2019
Disappointing for this time of the season.— Tim Potter (@TimmyPotter7) August 31, 2019
The team hasn’t really faced a lot of adversity this season. There have been injuries and individual player slumps. But overall they were playing well as a team. Better to go through this rought patch now than in a month from now.— AdeleBW (@adelebw) August 31, 2019
Now as for the national question this week, we asked fans if they think it’s acceptable to bunt to break up a no-hitter or perfect game. More than two-thirds of fans say this is A-OK.
To the 30% of voters, this action seems like a violation of the unwritten rules of baseball. It can be debated for an eternity, too, because there are many different sides to the story.
If your favorite team was about to lose, would you want your players to bunt and avoid getting no-hit? On the other side, if a pitcher for your favorite team was about to throw a no-hitter, would you want the other team to bunt out of the situation?
Some think it’s “cheating” to bunt in this situation, but a bunt still fully qualifies as a hit, so is it really unfair?
Anyway, you get the point. We can talk this over in the comment section, but make sure to follow our True Blue LA rules!
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