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FanPulse: Mutiny in the Dugout

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Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Pirates fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

Fan confidence in the team’s direction hit a season low in the latest SB Nation FanPulse poll. Just nine percent of readers have any confidences in the Pirates future at this point in the season.

Last night, the Bucs broke their nine-game losing streak by beating (pun intended) the Cincinnati Reds 11-4. While that provides little comfort to the fan base, at least the team is pointed back in the right direction.

Its a leap to think that this team can make a push for the playoffs because they’ve blown way off course since the All-Star break and the waters have become very volatile.

Ten and a half games behind the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, one less in the Wild Card standings, is a tall task for any team to overcome. The pitching staff has allowed the fifth-most runs in all of baseball but the team still maintains its 70-ish negative run differential. That’s not playoff-caliber by any stretch.

Pittsburgh expected win/loss record is exactly what their actual record is so you’re seeing the Pirates play to their ability. Additionally, the team record in extra innings is .500 and they are 13-19 in one-run games.

Below is the latest data from our season-long confidence poll.

As you can see, fans are not pleased with the 2019 Pirates. Currently, our 9% confidence level is by far the most pessimistic of all other SB Nation sites. Met fans precede us with just a 17% positive outlook.

Do you think this represents your opinion? Do you want your voice heard? Be sure to sign up with the link at the top of the article to participate in future fan polls!