…and we don’t expect to win the NL West.
Baseball returned in its fullest form Thursday since 2019. But with it comes all the major questions surrounding every team across the country and the league itself.
According to the latest SB Nation Reacts results, two percent of fans around the league think the Diamondbacks will win the NL West. They trail the Los Angeles Dodgers, who earned 74 percent. I guess we did come slightly above the Giants and the Rockies in the predicted standings. Hardly a stretch to predict a Dodger victory, considering they’ve won it every year since the discovery of America, and signed all the free agents this winter. Or maybe it just seems that way.
To give Diamondbacks fans a unique look at the team this year, fans of rival teams around the league were asked what they think about the organization. Fans of the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres don’t believe the Diamondbacks will be good in 2021. Again, I’m quite surprised the percentage is as high as the upper teens. In our poll of fans here – who you’d think might be more optimistic than mode – about D-backs wins this year, only 25% predicted 80 or more wins. Unless your definition of “good” includes “hovering around .500”, I suspect our numbers are little better than the expectations of Colorado and San Francisco fans.
More broadly, fans nationally also voted on who they believe will take home the league’s biggest awards at the end of the season. New York’s Gerrit Cole was picked by 37 percent of fans as the pitcher who will win the AL Cy Young. In the NL, Mets’ ace Jacob deGrom earned 52 percent of the vote. He beat out Walker Buehler, who was the next closest with 16 percent.
The AL MVP was equally dramatic in its divide after the top choice. Angels superstar Mike Trout earned 69 percent of the vote, blowing away the next closest player – Aaron Judge – with only 10 percent.
The closest vote came in the NL vote for MVP. San Diego Padres young star Fernando Tatis Jr. edged out the field with 26 percent. He narrowly beat Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts with 25 percent, Nationals slugger Juan Soto’s 22 percent and Atlanta star Ronald Acuña Jr. with 19 percent.
Despite all the excitement of Opening Day, the feeling about the league as a whole is still extremely mixed. Fans were asked what one word best describes the game right now. “Exciting,” “Confused,” “Good,” and “Chaos” were all among the top choices.
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