Last week’s Rays Confidence Graph results.

Below you will see two polls that ask about your confidence in the Tampa Bay Rays. Please take a moment to answer each question. We will present these same polls every Monday. The results will be presented in graphical form on Wednesday, and will be displayed permanently in the sidebar. The goal of the Confidence Graph is to get a feeling of how Rays fans feel about the team and the franchise and track how that level of confidence changes through time. Thanks!

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Choosing to start Hinske over Gomes is yet another piece of evidence that Maddon is just not cut out for this job. What would it take for him to be fired before next season?

  2. Clayton says:

    Hmmmm... Hinske's stat line begs to differ.

  3. Robert Rittner says:

    Why are you making such statements without a shred of reasoning behind them? Have you checked what Gomes hits against righties? Have you looked at Hinske's career line against righties?

    As a matter of fact, I would like to see what Gomes could do with 500-600 ABs, but to state that the decision means he is not cut out for the job is plain dumb unless you have some sort of argument.

  4. Scot Gould says:

    Robert, you make exactly the point I wanted to exam. I suspect Hinske is pretty interchangeable with Gomes anyway.

    ESPN says the numbers for batting against RHP using data for the last 3 years:

    Hinske: .269/.351/.463
    Gomes: .226/.315/.444

    so Hinske is pretty clearly a step up.

    Against LHP:

    Hinske: .173/.259/.327
    Gomes: .299/.402/.551

    Clearly Gomes. So a tip of the Hat to Maddon for improving the offense against RHP.

    Now if they only had Bonds.


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