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BCB Tracking Poll - Results for Week 3

The era of good feelings is upon us again, as the Brewers went 5-1 last week on the strength of solid pitching, solid hitting, and the scorching hot Eric Thames. The community (N = 62) brought its approval of Craig Counsell back in line with the start of the season, while disapproval of David Stearns completely disappeared, and strong approval bumped up, as Eric Thames, Travis Shaw, and Stearns' catching acquisitions pounded the ball all over the place. Respondents' expectations of the club's season win total also went up, and the median is now in the 76-80 range for the first time. We are about to see Matt Garza come off the disabled list, and roughly two-thirds of respondents are in favor of keeping him with the club, mostly wanting him to be a starter. And it appears Jett Bandy may have voted in this poll based on the catching corps preferences; he may also be the respondent who plans to see the Brewers in multiple road stadiums this year.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Craig Counsell is doing as the manager of the Brewers?

                    Wk 3  Wk 2  Wk 1
Strongly approve     24%    7%   28%
Approve              65%   77%   65%
Disapprove            3%    4%    1%
Strongly disapprove   2%    2%    0%
Undecided             7%   10%    5%

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the job David Stearns is doing as the general manager of the Brewers?

                    Wk 3  Wk 2  Wk 1
Strongly approve     31%   25%   29%
Approve              65%   68%   61%
Disapprove            0%    0%    3%
Strongly disapprove   0%    2%    1%
Undecided             5%    6%    5%

3. How many games do you expect the Brewers to win in the 2017 regular season?

            Wk 3  Wk 2  Wk 1
65 or less    2%    3%    3%
66 to 70      3%   19%    9%
71 to 75     42%   54%   51%
76 to 80     40%   21%   36%
81 to 85     10%    3%    0%
85 to 90      3%    3%    1%
91 or more    0%    0%    0%

4. What percent chance do you give the Brewers of making the postseason this year?

                Wk 3  Wk 2  Wk 1
Less than 5      24%   43%   31%
5 to 9           27%   22%   28%
10 to 20         32%   25%   28%
More than 20     16%   10%   13%
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Mean             12%    8%   10%

5. How do you feel about the pace of Brewers games in 2017?

                                      Apr
The games are moving too slowly       10%
The games are moving at a good pace   90%
The games are moving too quickly       0%

6. So far in 2017, how many Brewers games have you followed live (through TV, radio, or being at the stadium) in a typical week?

              Apr
None           5%
Just 1 or 2   19%
About half    23%
Most or all   53%

7. What should the Brewers do with Matt Garza when he comes off the DL?

Put him in the starting rotation                   44%
Put him in the bullpen                             19%
Trade him without cash for whatever they can get   11%
Trade him with cash for whatever they can get      13%
DFA him if no trade is possible                    13%
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Keep   63%
Dump   37%

8. How should the Brewers handle their catching corps?

Piña and Bandy should roughly split games   63%
Piña should be the everyday starter         36%
Bandy should be the everyday starter         2%

9. So far in 2017, the Brewers are striking out at a higher rate than their 2016 team record. Should the team change its overall approach at the plate to try to lower its K rate?

They should continue the current approach       44%
They should try to put the ball in play more    21%
Only the highest K rate players should change   23%
Undecided                                       13%

10. Do you plan to see the Brewers play on the road this year?

Yes, in Chicago, Minnesota, St. Louis, or Cincinnati    8%
Yes, in a city outside the midwest                     11%
Yes, both in and out of the midwest                     2%
Maybe                                                  18%
No                                                     61%