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BCB Tracking Poll - Results for Week 16

This week brought the Brewers' season to close, finishing in first place in the NL Central and out of the playoffs for the sixth straight year. Time to don your Packers, Badgers, and/or Bucks gear and meet back here next spring. One moment, I'm being handed an update. OK. It appears the Brewers' season is not over. Whatever you do, do not put on Packers, Badgers, and/or Bucks apparel; this can't be stressed enough. It seems the confusion arose as a result of trend projections from recent games, but MLB rules require that more than 60 additional games actually be played before the season ends. The community (N = 52) took these projections to heart, however, and gave both Craig Counsell and David Stearns significant downgrades from their recent highs. Counsell is at his lowest strong approval number since week 2, which was also the last time David Stearns had a total approval below 95%. However, playoff expectations remain relatively high -- the mean chance respondents give the Brewers of making the postseason is 34%, and 39% expect them to win the division. Yes, these numbers are not compatible with one another; public opinion is complex. Finally, though there is little support for a Quintana-type trade, there's an even split on a cheaper pitcher acquisition, all of which taken together suggests an optimistic fear among the BCB fanbase.

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

                   Wk 16 Wk 15 Wk 14 Wk 13 Wk 12 Wk 11 Wk 10  Wk 9
Strongly approve     12%   30%   17%   15%   16%   15%   14%   22%
Approve              77%   65%   71%   68%   68%   74%   81%   72%
Disapprove            2%    1%    5%    7%    4%    0%    0%    2%
Strongly disapprove   4%    1%    2%    3%    4%    2%    0%    2%
Undecided             6%    3%    6%    8%    9%    9%    5%    2%

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

                   Wk 16 Wk 15 Wk 14 Wk 13 Wk 12 Wk 11 Wk 10  Wk 9
Strongly approve     50%   72%   60%   54%   36%   35%   35%   44%
Approve              42%   26%   40%   45%   64%   65%   65%   54%
Disapprove            2%    1%    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%
Strongly disapprove   0%    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%
Undecided             4%    1%    0%    1%    0%    0%    0%    2%

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

           Wk 16 Wk 15 Wk 14 Wk 13 Wk 12 Wk 11 Wk 10  Wk 9
65 or less    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%
66 to 70      0%    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%
71 to 75      4%    4%    5%    5%    5%   13%   12%   14%
76 to 80     10%    6%   34%   41%   46%   54%   47%   62%
81 to 85     65%   47%   45%   49%   46%   28%   40%   20%
85 to 90     21%   41%   17%    5%    2%    4%    2%    4%
91 or more    0%    3%    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%    0%

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

             Wk 16 Wk 15 Wk 14 Wk 13 Wk 12 Wk 11 Wk 10  Wk 9
Less than 5     4%    1%    8%    5%    7%    9%   12%   10%
5 to 9          2%    2%    6%    9%    7%   20%   21%   16%
10 to 20       27%   13%   28%   42%   52%   57%   44%   50%
More than 20   67%   85%   58%   43%   34%   15%   23%   24%
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Mean           34%   46%   28%   23%   19%   15%   16%   19%

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5. Do you approve or disapprove of how the Brewers are handling Ryan Braun’s health maintenance?

                     Jul   Jun   May   Apr
Strongly approve     17%    2%    8%    7%
Approve              69%   57%   54%   77%
Disapprove            8%   15%   27%    4%
Strongly disapprove   0%    0%    0%    2%
Undecided             6%   26%   10%   10%

6. How closely are you following the Brewers’ minor league affiliates?

                          Jul   Jun   May   Apr
Very closely              33%   39%   35%   37%
Somewhat closely          37%   39%   38%   29%
Just a little attention   25%   20%   25%   32%
Paying no attention        6%    2%    2%    2%

7. Who will win the NL Central this year?

           Wk 16  Wk 9  Wk 2
Brewers      39%    8%    2%
Cardinals     2%    8%    2%
Cubs         60%   84%   97%
Pirates       0%    0%    0%
Reds          0%    0%    0%

8. Do you approve or disapprove of the Brewers trading Garrett Cooper to the Yankees for Tyler Webb?

Strongly approve      4%
Approve              56%
Disapprove           15%
Strongly disapprove   6%
Undecided            19%

9. Should the Brewers pursue a trade similar to the one the Cubs made for José Quintana?

Yes         23%
No          44%
Undecided   33%

10. Should the Brewers pursue a trade for a less costly starting pitcher, such as J. A. Happ?

Yes         37%
No          37%
Undecided   27%