Fan Confidence Poll: April 20th, 2009

Whither Chien-Ming Wang
AL East Roundup: 4/13/09 through 4/19/09

Even though the Yankees went 4-3 last week, it seemed like everything went wrong. They lost their home opener thanks to a bullpen implosion, then suffered a historically bad loss two days later when Chien-Ming Wang continued to struggle.

Struggle is probably going a little easy on the Wanger, whose pitches have lacked their usual bite and are being left up in the zone. He was so bad in his second start of the year that Nick Swisher was forced to take the mound. The team is likely to skip Wang’s next scheduled start thanks to Thursday’s off-day, hoping the extra time off will help fix whatever is broken.

The New Stadium opened with an offensive bang, although that shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. Even worse is that the expensive seats are practically empty, and that’s pretty embarrassing to be quite honest. At least the team managed to win a game started by old mate Carl Pavano. Xavier Nady‘s season looks to be over thanks to an elbow injury, knocking a huge hole in the team’s offensive and outfield depth. I suppose there’s still a chance he won’t be out that long, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

It wasn’t all bad news though. AJ Burnett took a no-hitter into the 7th inning against the defending AL Champs, and Derek Jeter came through in the clutch for a win the next night. Jeter came through big time later in the week, helping the club to their first win in the New Stadium. Alex Rodriguez is getting ever closer to returning, while a cortisone shot seems to have cured Mark Teixeira’s ailing wrist. Things are looking especially good down on the farm, where Triple-A Scranton is off to a franchise record 11-0 start.

Please take a second to answer the poll below and give us an idea of how confident you are in the team. You can view the Fan Confidence Graph anytime via the nav bar above, or by clicking here. Thanks in advance for voting.

Given the team's current roster construction, farm system, management, etc., how confident are you in the Yankees' overall future?
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Whither Chien-Ming Wang
AL East Roundup: 4/13/09 through 4/19/09
  • Matt


    But, yeah, staying at 8. The team aside from Wang has been decent and we’re close(r) to getting A-Rod back.

    • andrew

      I dropped from an 8 to a 7, Nady’s injury and Wang’s ineffectiveness could prove costly.
      Arod i miss you!!

      • Matt

        Nady’s injury might be offset by Swisher’s continued good performance. Obviously, he’s not going to hit at this high a level all season, but he can most likely do better than what Nady would’ve done. The problem is spelling Damon and Gardner when they need time off. I’d much rather have Nady as a 4th OF than Melky.

        • andrew

          Agreed. Swisher can adequately replace Nady, but with Swisher getting Nady’s at bats, and Melky gets Swisher’s, Nady >>>>>> Melky.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Moreover, if you flipflop Nady/Swish on the depth charts and make Swish the starter and Nady the backup (as we advocated for), remember that Nady is not only Swish/Damon insurance but he’s also Matsui insurance.

            And it looks like we need more Matsui insurance.

            • jeremy

              especially since Girardi seemed to indicate he would be using a Molina to catcher, Posada to DH rotation more often. If Cabrera starts spelling Damon on a more regular basis, the 7-8-9 in the order will continue to resemble a black hole, even with A-Rod back.

              • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                True. If Nady’s gone for good, even when ARod gets back I bet we’re going to be seeing this lineup a good amount:

                1-SS Jeter (R)
                2-RF Swisher (S)
                3-1B Tex (S)
                4-3B Nails Krzyzewski (R)
                5-DH Posada (S)
                6-2B Cano (L)
                7-LF Melky (S)
                8-C Molina (R)
                9-CF Gardner (L)

                … with Damon and Matsui on the bench. The key is to try and stagger the days that Damon gets off from the days that Posada gets off (or half off) so that both Melky and Molina aren’t in the same lineup as much as possible.

                • andrew

                  Yea, you have to hope Girardi will send that lineup out there as little as possible and try to have either Molina and Melky in the lineup together as little as possible

  • Double-J

    I’d like to see a little more consistency from the offense (read: A-Rod get well soon!), the bullpen has a few more question marks than I would like beyond Mo and Bruney (not sure if that’s with overwork w/ Wang or just the good/bad bipolar nature of the ‘pen) and with Wang on shaky ground, my confidence has definitely dipped a bit. Nady going to the DL for probably the entire season also causes concern for depth purposes, but I’m one of the few here with a little faith in the Melk Man. Matsui’s knees also scare me a bit.

    Still, on the plus side, Burnett has been a champ, CC has rebounded nicely from his first start, Pettitte looks really good, and Joba’s on-the-job training at the MLB level continues to inspire. I’m liking what I see from Tex both offensively and defensively, Posada’s bat has been a boon (and his arm seems great), Cano has plate discipline, Damon looks good as well.

    Oh, and we have Nick $%@*$#& Swisher. Seriously. We can’t lose. We’re on a mission from Mo.

    • steve (different one)

      not sure if that’s with overwork w/ Wang or just the good/bad bipolar nature of the ‘pen

      it’s Wang.

      Kay cited a mind-blowing statistic yesterday: the bullpen had thrown like 30 innings so far, and 19 of them were cleaning up after Wang.


      the bullpen is better than this. but you can’t ask guys to go out there and throw 50-60 pitches.

      it’s April, and Wang has a track record, so i am OK with the way they have handled him up to now, but the next time he pitches, i expect them to have someone like Aceves waiting.

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    I’m still voting 10, but this is the first time I’m not 10.0 anymore, more like 9.7.

    Of course, Wang concerns me, but we have depth there with with Phil etc. What bothers me is the way the stadium is playing. I don’t want to see the Yankees playing in Coors II for the next 50 years. Hopefully something can be done there.

    • A.D.

      They make a deal about HR that didn’t “seem” like they’d go out, there were also a lot of no doubt HRs that were a product of bad pitching, so we will see if there really is some wind tunnel.

      • jeremy

        I actually don’t think its just the “wind tunnel” effect, the way it looks on TV, straight away right field appears a good 5-10 feet closer than the old place. Maybe its just having the fans right there throwing me off, but the place looks very small out to right.

        • steve (different one)

          i don’t think it’s the dimensions though.

          yes, for a HR like Posada’s, that ball probably isn’t out of the old park. but that was the exception to the rule this weekend.

          most of the HRs are going the requisite distance to get out of the old park. the question is WHY are so many balls traveling that far.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            They’re also all going to basically the same section. That’s a bit odd, no?

            • steve (different one)

              are they? yeah, that’s a bit odd.

              A-Rod is going to destroy this stadium.

              • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                How ironic would it be if a clean, steroid free ARod broke Bonds’s single-season HR record the same season his reputation was smeared? In an injury shortened season, no less.

                I mean, what if ARod comes back and just goes freaking bananas? Hits 75 homers? I would die laughing.

                And Jayson Stark would die from an overdose of his own righteous indignation.

                • jeremy

                  They would say it’s tainted because Bonds played in the pitcher-friendly throwback Pac-Bell while A-Rod played at a launching pad. Than the entire entity that is the main stream media would implode, as writers and broadcasters alike spontaneously combusted realizing that they had just taken sides with Barry Bonds, the former target of their indignant, self-serving character assassinations.

                  And at that moment, all sports fans would rejoice.

  • Jamal G.

    No wavering, still a 7 for me.

  • A.D.

    Keeping steady.

    Nady is unfortunate, but its more of a depth hit, than offense hit with Swisher sliding in, and I’m confident the Yankees can go out and get a corner OF if need be.

    For Wang its annoying early on, but figure he will get back on track, and if not that’s why its great to have organizational pitching depth.

    • Slugger27

      exactly… wang isnt affecting my confidence cuz i know we have hughes waiting in the wings

      in years past, a pitcher pulling an andruw jones would have been devastating… this year, we can weather the storm

      • Double-J

        wang isnt affecting my confidence cuz i know we have hughes waiting in the wings

        Theoretically, of course. I have confidence in Hughes too, but I’d still rather have vintage Wang than having to rely on starts from Hughes/Kennedy/Aceves for any extended period.

        • Frank

          Agree. I have to believe the Yanks were figuring on at at least 15 W’s from the Wanger. Hughes may be a good substitute, and he may in fact finally shine, but I’d feel a little more comfortable with vintage Wang.

  • Reggie C.

    Still at a 7. But i’ve contemplated a 6.

    Wang is a monster. In a bad way. The Indians got in such a rhythm at the plate that I couldn’t help but think that Wang was doing his best batting-cage pitcher imitation.

  • Slugger27

    staying steady with 9… will be 10 when arod comes back, but until i see him in uniform, on the field, and totally healthy, its still a 9

    if nady is out for the year, that will hurt as well… but since we dont know the diagnosis, im voting as if it season-ending

    • Matt

      if nady is out for the year, that will hurt as well… but since we dont know the diagnosis, im voting as if it season-ending

      Even if it is season ending, I think the only awful ramification could be Damon getting a few less off days. Swisher is a more-than-adequate-should’ve-been-starting-anyway replacement over Nady so that’s fine. If CF keeps being an offensive black hole, a trade can probably be made (Marlon Byrd?)–anything to not give Cabrera (and a hypothetically struggling Brett Gardner) PAs.

      • steve (different one)

        it closes off any possibility of playing Swisher or Damon in CF a few times a week.

        so, in theory, you are replacing a few hundred ABs of 108 OPS+ with another hundred ABs of 70 OPS+ or whatever Melky/Gardner are going to do.

      • andrew

        I think Damon will still get the same off days and that Melky will just play more.

  • Expired Milk

    Wang looking completely lost and creating a big hole in the rotation -4
    Phil Hughes being the possible replacement +2
    Bullpen has been shakey and down right terrible at times-1
    Bullpen has also been great at times and theres alot of replacements +1
    Offense has been fairly tame -1
    Offense has scored less than 4 runs only once +1
    Arod will replace Ransom shifting everyone down and we lose the black hole that is the 7-8-9. +1

    Confidence level = 9

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    Been a 9 since the first poll, and holding steady. If Wang was pre-injury Wang, I might have moved it up to 10, but 9 is still very confident.

  • JeffG

    Of all the negatives this week the one I am most worried about didn’t make the above summary. Matsui’s knees could destroy his season. Before this week I was pretty confident that if he stayed out of the field he would stay healthy and be able to do what he does best: hit. I’m not so sure after looking at all the weak hacks he took over the weekend. Makes Nady being out even that much worse.

    • JeffG

      Oh I’m at 9 if anyone cares – still think we are the best. Once A-Rod come back and this rotation gets going full steam I think we are capable of great things.

  • Joseph Pawlikowski

    I’ve gone from an 8 to a 10. The losses might be discouraging emotionally, but empirically one wouldn’t expect this many blowouts in the future. If they get Wang back to normal, or if Hughes comes up to replace him, maybe the Yanks win 5-4 on Monday instead of losing 15-5. With A-Rod’s return on the horizon and CC getting into mid-season form, I couldn’t be more confident in this team.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Drop from 9 to 8 for the first time this season. My two concerns are, obviously, Wang’s continued issues, but I have not been happy with the management of pitchers by Joe Girardi. Both starters and relievers are being left out there for too long (I understand some of this is due to an attempt to stretch out innings when starters are knocked out early.) There’s still a ton to be happy about, and it’ll be nice to finish an April over .500 (hopefully) for a change before the jets truly warm up.

  • KW

    Isn’t this a long-term confidence poll? How can anyone bump up their confidence in light of Nady’s injury, which will have an impact not only on this year, but potentially the future (draft picks)?

    The developments at the new stadium are a factor as well, aren’t they? Basically all of the starters have struggled, some more than others, and all of them have struggled with control issues at the new ballpark. Obviously, it’s a short sample, but this can’t be taken as a good thing going forward, as the Yanks are currently built to revolve around pitching.

    • steve (different one)

      do you think the walks are a function of the stadium though?

      CC, AJ, and Joba struggled b/c they kept walking batters.

      it’s possible that they were nibbling b/c they were afraid of giving up HRs, but why would CC think that in the first game of the new stadium?

      • KW

        I’m not sure what’s the cause of the control issues. It could be that they’re nibbling, or that they’re adjusting to pitching on a new mound/new stadium (which begs the question why the tribe didnt have as many issues). Long term though the way the balls have been flying out are going to be the cause for concern, as the control issues should probably die down. It can’t be a good thing that balls are flying out though (the reason why remains unknown so far in this very small sample).

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yeah, Nady’s injury sucks, but to be frank, some of us never really thought he was going to be a Type A after the season anyway (he was right on the border, and he needed both a good year and to not have his playing time curtailed by Swisher in order to make it). So the expectation was that Nady would turn into one pick, not two; hence, the injury doesn’t really affect the confidence level that much.

      Since there’s an injury discount thingie worked into the Elias rankings, he still has a good shot at being a Type B, which would still get us a sandwich pick, and while his big-contract dreams are over, I’m sure somebody would take a low-risk flyer on him and we’d get the pick.

      • KW

        Actually, you made me google up a couple of things, which I think may help Nady achieve Type A (which is moot because of the injury and subsequent rehab time necessary). Because of the disabled list adjustment and the fact that defensive metrics aren’t counted in ranking OFers and the fact that the rankings count the last two years, 2008 being especially kind to Nady, he might just rank in the top 20% of outfielders.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Hmm… gravy.

          It sucks for this year, of course, but for 2010 it could be a blessing in disguise; there’s virtually no way we resign Nady now, coming off an injury, and I’d imagine he declines an arb offer since he’s A) a Boras client and B) coming off an injury that would no doubt severely limit what he could actually get in arb (or what we’d offer).

          Is there a precedent for arb offers/acceptances/hearings for players coming off season-long injuries?

          • KW

            I think most often players don’t get offered arb, just because of the precedence that salaries don’t get reduced much and the players aren’t usually very effective after a major injury to warrant that kind of salary (most of these being high salaried injured players). I think what most likely will happen, if Nady is truly hurt for the entire year (TJ style), that he’ll be let loose without any compensation to the Yanks.

            I think it’s a push whether he’s type A or B to the Yanks frankly because no one would sign him if he was offered arbitration and he declined it. I think what I was trying to say was that his injury would probably cause the Yanks to lose potentially at least one high draft pick, which combined with the loss of Cole, hurts the future just a little more. Obviously nothing killer.

            Personally I went with a 6, just from the new ballpark’s potential issues, advancing age for our key vets, increased competition around the league, future declines for A-rod, Jetes, et al tempered with the gains our youngsters have made. Not to say the future isn’t bright, but to me, it isn’t blindingly bright.

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              I think it’s a push whether he’s type A or B to the Yanks frankly because no one would sign him if he was offered arbitration and he declined it.

              No, if he’s a type B and he’s offered arb and declines, other teams would most certainly sign him. They don’t lose a draft pick, no harm no foul.

              • KW

                You’re right, I screwed that up. But to clarify, I meant to say that if he was offered arbitration, and he declines, it means he’s healthy enough to outearn the arbitration dollar figure, which is unlikely to happen. If he was offered arbitration and accepts, it means he’s not healthy enough to earn more on the open market. Chances are that he’s just not offered arbitration, which is a net loss to the Yanks.

            • jsbrendog

              which combined with the loss of Cole

              who we get another pick for and if we are able to sign said pick in this draft then this is a moot point

              • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Thank you, people keep leaving that point out.

                Yes, not signing Cole sucks because he was a great talent and there’s a chance we don’t find anyone as good as him with the pick we have this year, but we do still have the pick, we haven’t lost the right to add someone great to the farm, we just delayed that right one year and added a tiny bit more uncertainty to the player that pick will become.

                Come June, we could very well have a player who will turn out to be better than Gerritt Cole in our possession via the 29th pick in the draft.

                Cole was a setback, but not a huge one, it was a small one. May ultimately turn out to be not a setback at all but a blessing in disguise.

              • KW

                which is true if the pick the Yanks make has as bright a future as Cole, which is unlikely to happen. Yanks possibly not wanting to draft a high signability risk (since they won’t receive another pick if they can’t sign the player) might mean their pick just might not be as talented. That’s a loss any way you slice it, the magnitude of which is up for debate.

                • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  That’s a loss any way you slice it, the magnitude of which is up for debate.

                  No. It’s only a loss if Cole was a can’t miss prospect. He’s not, there’s no such thing as a can’t miss prospect.

                  There’s no way to tell if it was a loss until probably 10 years from now, when both Cole and whomever we draft this year have both been professionals for a while and have become what they will become.

        • steve (different one)

          i think the Yankees are probably better off if he winds up a B, than an A.

          if he is a Type A, it probably destroys any chance of him getting a major league contract for next year.

          while there is a significant risk that he would accept arbitration (Boras, i know, but he’s probably only looking at a 1 year deal for $2-3M anyway), you’d at least have a chance at one pick if he’s a type B.

          i could see him on the Yankees’ bench next year at a very low salary.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Agreed. I think if we offer him a low arb number, like say, a 1yr/3M, it’s a no-lose scenario: he’ll most likely reject it and go elsewhere giving us a sandwich pick, and if he accepts, whether we win or lose the hearing we get him back at a reasonable salaried short-term one-year deal for a good backup OF/DH/1B.

            The injury hurts our team for 2009 but gives us tons of leverage with Nady for 2010.

            • KW

              I think what you mean is that they offer him arbitration and he accepts, then they negotiate the figure at or before the arbitration hearing. The team doesn’t offer a figure beforehand.

              I think what happens is, in a crowded free agent market for corner OFs, the yanks probably don’t offer arb since they can replace him with a better talent at a slightly greater price. Why go into the season with a player who may still be on the mend and yet takes up a 40 man spot with a relatively high salary? If Nady sits out 2010 for injury purposes, it helps the Yanks, but i dont see the probability of it.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    For the first time all year, I’ve backed off my 10 to a 9. (It’s actually probably a 9.5 but I rounded down.)

    What has me concerned, in order of concern:
    1. The ballpark. This worries me even more than all the player issues we have, because all those player issues have fixes and contingency plans. If this ballpark plays like Coors East, that can be a serious long-term problem. Our advantage has always been pitching. A bad ballpark undermines that and is an equalizing factor, giving every inferior team a chance to beat us. Maybe it’s just a hot Cleveland offense and all this will be moot in a few weeks, but it seems to me that there’s just way too many balls traveling further than normal here.
    2. CMW’s shocking inability to fix (or even diagnose) what’s wrong. Yeah, we have a great replacement in Hughes, but I still would like to have the old ace of the staff back.
    3. The double whammy of Nady’s injury and Hideki’s struggles, turning the one-bat surplus we initially had into a one-bat deficit.

    What isn’t a concern at all, even though people make it out to be one:
    1. The bullpen.
    2. The bullpen.
    3. The bullpen.

    And yes, my campaign for Mike Cameron is officially back on. I’m rooting for two things every day: A Yankees win (coupled with the rest of the AL East losing) and a Brewers loss (coupled with the rest of the NL Central winning). The sooner they’re hopelessly out of this thing, the sooner that 10M salary looks like an albatross they’d be happy to unload for pennies on the dollar.

    • KW

      I like your thinking! Our points are pretty much the same

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        But here’s the kicker: Here’s my confidence levels in the entire AL East, at the beginning of the season and now:

        Yankees: 10, 9
        Red Sox: 8, 7
        Rays: 8, 6
        Orioles: 4, 5
        Blue Jays: 1, 4

        We’re still the class of this division.

        • KW

          An important point here is that these polls are basically zero sum games: one increase or decrease has to be at the expense of others.

  • E-ROC

    I’m holding steady 9. Wang will be fine. If not, there is always Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy. Nady will be missed because of Matsui’s ineffectiveness. Nady would probably be playing right now while Matsui is on the bench.

  • Jake H

    I’ve gone from an 8 to 7. Not worried at all but Wang has me concerned.

  • Frank

    For now, I’m at 6. Main concerns are:

    Wang, obviously (wasn’t expecting this at all)

    Middle relief, primarily Marte, Ramirez and especially Veras. I think Veras should be moved (Nats would be a fit) and replace him with Melancon. After another week, replace Jackson with Robertson. Those two, along with Bruney, would be a stronger bridge to Mo.

    Nady injury- that’s a RH bat the Yanks will need to replace even with A-Rod returning, if anything, to balance the lineup

    Matsui- if his knee troubles persist, and he can’t hit, it will further impact the lineup especially with no Nady.

    Gardner’s offense- the jury is still out.

  • Rich

    FWIW, Sherman has an optimistic note on Nady:

    …Also, the Yanks were privately a lot more optimistic by Sunday that Xavier Nady could avoid Tommy John surgery and that he might be able to return in June and form a righty-lefty DH platoon with Hideki Matsui.

    • steve (different one)

      hmmm, that would be ideal. you could still put him on the 60 day DL and call up help, but you may get a valuable player back in 2 months.

      at the least, it might help you from getting held up at the trade deadline when the Yankees might be looking for a CFer…

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Yeah, that would be nice.

        Yes, I still want to trade for Mike Cameron.

  • (sic)

    I aint skeered. Still a 7.

  • jeremy

    Not to harp on the ballpark issue, but the emptiness of the lower level around homeplate and down the baselines, and the resultant low volume of the fans at key moments has me concerned.

    While I’m certain the place is loud in the upper levels and bleachers, on TV, even after Jorge’s homer was confirmed, the place didn’t roar. It was loud, but not Yankee Stadium loud.

    At crucial moments in games, where crownd energy/noise can play a role in rattling opposition, and providing adrenaline boost to our guys, the fact that the noise will be decidedly pushed back, rather than right on top of you and all around, will be a factor.

    • Axl

      I was at the game yesterday and I think most of the reason the place looks empty is because there is so much more to do there than just sit down and watch the game. The amount of martini bars, lounges, hard rock cafes, eateries, museums, even the pictures and memorabilia stores all around the place doesn’t help. Thousands and thousands of people were walking around the entire time…and several of them were walking into the “clubs” to hang out. I think that’s going to be a big downfall for at least the “look” of attendance…but as long as certain people get paid certain people won’t care perhaps…

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I can absolute attest to this. I left my 400 level seat in the 6th inning and spent the rest of the game watching from the 100 concourse, right behind the empty, expensive seats. The view was incredible, and there were more engaged Yankee fans there than the tennis match that seemed to be taking place in the upper deck.

  • Axl

    I purposely didn’t buy tickets to the game on Saturday knowing that Wang was going to get shelled and all hell was going to break loose. So I ended up buying tickets to Sunday’s game. Beginning the game I was furious to see Gardner leading off, Matsui actually in the line up, and Posada NOT in the line up (even after being taken out to rest during yesterday’s game)…and after 3 hitless innings by the Yankees…the steam was worsening. In the end, it was a great outcome. And I must say, without our best hitter (and arguably the best hitter in baseball)…having a winning record after getting thromped in a couple games over the weekend ain’t bad. If you take out the Wang starts…we could actually be in 1st place. This alone should be enough to have Girardi consider throwing him on the DL or skipping his start. Even with Wang healthy and his sinkerball working through out his 19 win seasons…he still used to get roughed up at Fenway Park I believe. I don’t see how that combined with his recent abomination of the season equals anything that makes sense to have him start this weekend against a heavy favorite of our division.
    Then again, I don’t think Phil Hughes has managed well at Fenway Park either. The problem is Hughes, Kennedy, and Igawa have all showed they can pitch in Spring Training and AAA (and Hughes some of which in the Majors) but they seem to buckle or get injured when they come up to the big time.

    And Cody Ransom, regardles of his fluke bloop bases-clearing double needs to go. He’s not filling the bill, although he has made some flashy plays at 3B, he’s basically an automatic out. What happened to Duncan? Is he that much worse than this?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I I like that you’re ever so slowly but ever so surely mixing in some level-headed perspective to your posts. The sky is indeed not falling.

      Good to have the rational Axl back, we missed you, buddy.

      • Axl

        Thanks TSJC,

        What’s really bad is the fact that I heard what Girardi had said after Saturday’s game. He claimed that he saw Wang throwing the sinker much better…and they were just a “red hot” Indians ball club. I know they don’t want to look for excuses and seem like professionals and such…but seriously. Him saying that he thought Wangs sinker was “much better” could mean that he plans to use him to start on Friday…in fact…I believe the TBS accouncers said they talked to Eiland and Girardi and they may have confirmed this. If that’s so…they both better start creating a profile…

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Eh, I’m not ever inclined to rely on the words of the manager for valuable, truthful information.

          Sometimes they say stuff just to say stuff.

  • Rob in CT

    7, down from 8, due to Wanger and Nady.

    Wang’s got me scared now. I was still saying “oh, he’ll be fine” until his last start. Now I’m worried he may have folded mentally. He’s completely lost.

    Nady was a useful player. I figure that’s -1 win right there.

    Ransom’s awful (even worse than I thought he’d be), but ARod will be back soon. Gardner isn’t doing what I’d hoped he’d do (get on base at a good enough rate to be an asset). Molina-Ransom-Gardner is FUGLY. And yet… the offense hasn’t been bad. Boston & Tampa haven’t gotten off to good starts either, which helps me not freak out too much.

    • Reggie C.

      Gardner isn’t getting heat b/c Ransom and Wang have figured out a way to make Gardner look productive so far. That and the lineup isn’t exactly hot has allowed Gardner to make his way relatively unscathed so far.

      Wang is a downright Yankee killer.

      • Rob in CT

        I managed to leave Matsui out of my post, but he’s another reason why I’ve lost some confidence. I figured that being solely a DH would keep him healthy, and when healthy he’s a pretty good hitter. Two weeks into the season, he’s got fluid in his knee. Eek.

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  • Yanksforthemammaries

    Swisher’s good performance?!? When was the last time he had a hit? Last week? Had a hot 9 games (thanks for benching him the first 2 gms of the season in favor of the injured guy, Clueless Joe) before hitting the wall. Or actually hitting nothing. Got to love his attitude and fire, tho. Overall, more questions than ever before – Matsui, Georgie, ARod, Nady, WANG! (what up with him?!?), Gardner’s not hitting and has a putrid on base %, Joba, Coke, Veras, etc, etc, etc. Sure appears to be a LOOOOOOOOOONG season in store, just like last year. Please – don’t do that to us AGAIN.

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