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The Cardinals have dropped five in a row entering Friday and are back in third place in the National League Central division. Quiet at the Trade Deadline (the Adalberto Mejia era sure was short-lived) and coming off a winless trip out West, it’s easy to understand why this week’s FanPulse results are in the red.
For the few of survey participants who agreed with the team’s moves, you probably share views like expressed in this recent VEB post: Pound Wise, Penny Foolish
The confidence in the Cardinals is down to just 22 percent, the lowest it has been in weeks and down from 52 percent last week. The Brewers dropped over 30 percent and are down to a 32 percent confidence rating, while the Red Sox have shot from 70 percent down to just four.
Checking out the manager ratings, 78 percent of surveyed Cardinals fans approve of Mike Shildt; that is down from 85 percent last week. Coinciding with a notable drop in overall team confidence, approval for Brewers manager Craig Counsell is down to 71 percent, by far a season-low. There are eight teams in the Majors with manager approval ratings above 90 percent - and they are all in the American League, led by the Astros with a 100 percent rating of their skipper, A.J. Hinch.
Speaking of the Astros...
The Cardinals will look to get back on the right track with the Pirates in town this weekend. If you’re interested in participating in these weekly surveys, please sign up using the link at the top of this story.