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Poll: 59% of Brewer fans "less optimistic" following slow start

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This week's Brew Crew Ball Tracking Poll shows the damage done to fan morale by a 3-8 start.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: I need to move the schedule around a bit today, so the Frosty Mug will run this afternoon. - KL

This week's BCB Tracking Poll was open from Monday at noon through Tuesday and received 221 responses. Here are some notable results:

  • 59% of voters said they're less optimistic about this team following their 3-8 start.
  • 68% of voters say they're more optimistic regarding Jean Segura following his hot start, but 61% also said Rickie Weeks' slow start has not impacted their level of optimism.
  • 50% of voters want Jim Henderson as the Brewer closer, with no other candidate receiving more than 6% of the vote.
  • Doug Melvin's approval rating has plummeted to 51%, down 30% from our last poll in February.
  • Ron Roenicke's approval rating is also down 27%, at 49%.
  • 55% of voters think this Brewer team can still make the playoffs, but 34% of fans have already given up.
The full results are below.

Has the Brewers' 3-8 start changed your level of optimism for this team going forward?
Response Votes %
Yes, I'm less optimistic now. 131 59%
Yes, I'm more optimistic now. 7 3%
No, my level of optimism has not changed. 72 33%
Undecided 11 5%
Has Rickie Weeks' slow start (hitting .200/.294/.311 through Sunday) changed your level of optimism for his performance going forward?
Response Votes %
Yes, I'm less optimistic now. 78 35%
Yes, I'm more optimistic now. 4 2%
No, my level of optimism has not changed. 134 61%
Undecided 5 2%
Has Jean Segura's hot start (hitting .417/.462/.611 through Sunday) changed your level of optimism for his performance going forward?
Response Votes %
Yes, I'm less optimistic now. 9 4%
Yes, I'm more optimistic now. 150 68%
No, my level of optimism has not changed. 61 28%
Undecided 1 0%
Who do you feel should be the Brewers' closer at this point?
Response Votes %
John Axford 14 6%
Burke Badenhop 3 1%
Alfredo Figaro 3 1%
Michael Gonzalez 1 0%
Tom Gorzelanny 2 1%
Jim Henderson 110 50%
Brandon Kintzler 3 1%
Someone else 7 3%
Undecided 12 5%
This team should not have a defined "closer." 66 30%
Do you approve of the job Doug Melvin is doing as General Manager of the Brewers?
Response Votes % Prev* Diff
Yes 113 51% 81% -30%
No 69 31% 10% +21%
Undecided 39 18% 9% +9%
Do you approve of the job Ron Roenicke is doing as Manager of the Brewers?
Response Votes % Prev* Diff
Yes 109 49% 76% -27%
No 73 33% 11% +22%
Undecided 39 18% 13% +5%
Do you approve of the job Johnny Narron is doing as Hitting Coach of the Brewers?
Response Votes %
Yes 77 35%
No 72 33%
Undecided 72 33%
Do you approve of the job Rick Kranitz is doing as Pitching Coach of the Brewers?
Response Votes %
Yes 71 32%
No 80 36%
Undecided 70 32%
Do you think this Brewer team can still make the playoffs?
Response Votes %
Yes 121 55%
No 75 34%
Undecided 25 11%