Fan Confidence Poll: April 19th, 2010

Yanks complete sweep with win over Rangers
Pettitte's biggest mistake was just that

Record Last Week: 5-1 (33 RS, 18 RA)
Season Record: 9-3 (60 RS, 47 RA), tied with Rays for AL East lead
Opponents This Week: Monday OFF, @ Athletics (three games, Tues. to Thurs.), @ Angels (three games, Fri. to Sun.)

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Given the team's current roster construction, farm system, management, etc., how confident are you in the Yankees' overall future?
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Yanks complete sweep with win over Rangers
Pettitte's biggest mistake was just that
  • Tampa Yankee

    Dropped to an 8 after the whole Joba thing but with how this team is playing, I’m at a 9 now. I still don’t like the fact he’s in teh 8th!11!! but I’ve come to accept it. Also, after watching Hughes the other night, he looked like a different pitcher from the last time I saw him start and am excited to see what he’ll do this year which is helping ease the feelings of Joba in the pen.

    • vin

      This.

  • brockdc

    I’ve been voting 8 for the past month or so. Love their prospects short-term, but A-Rod, A.J., and Tex’s contracts will be a bitch on the back-end. I’m liking some of the young arms in the low-minors, though.

    • Colombo

      A-Rod’s contract actually comes back down in a few years, so I doubt it will be that big of a burden, or, at least, a burden to the Yankees.

      • Jose

        $20 million in 2016 and 2017 is a lot of money invested considering Arod will be over 40. That amount of money is a burden to any team. It is also worth noting that he has $30 million worth of incentives for HR. He will cost quite a bit more than his base salary during his last 3 contract years.

        • V

          Count me as someone who wants to pay him those HR bonuses.

          Paying HR bonuses means he’s been worth the salary, unless (doubtful) he turns into a .200/.200/.400 hitter (600 ABs, 80 singles, 40 HRs).

          • Jose

            True, but a worst case scenario is he could have 753 going into a year. He enters the year with a massive drop off in production. If he then hit only 10 HR over the course of the entire year, he would still be paid $38 million for the year. ($20 million base + 3 bonuses)

            I don’t see anything close to that happening, but I’m just acknowledging that there are some circumstances that wouldn’t be as bad as my worst case scenario, but could still be a potential problem for the Yankees. For the most part though, you are right. If he is getting bonuses that is most likely a good thing.

        • Zack

          “That amount of money is a burden to any team”

          Except to the team that is paying Igawa 5m/year to pitch in AAA, or that paid Pavano 10m/year to sit on the DL.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Still a solid 8.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Holding steady at a 10, but I’m looking for an amp that goes to an 11.

    • Dirty Pena

      Why don’t you just make 10 a little louder and still have 10 be the top number?

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        IETC

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Because I want to go to 11.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          I need that extra push over the cliff. You know what I mean?

  • Ansky

    9 for me. I truly enjoy watching our lineup just demoralize starting pitcher. These pitchers getting to unmanageable pitch counts early is just so fun to watch. Loved how Hughes looked as well.

    • Ansky

      very original handle there buddy.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Can you please change your handle to avoid confusion? The other Ansky has been here for a long time.

      thanks.

  • YankFan

    I’m at 10. How can you not be a 9 or 10? Kicking a- in the majors & getting some good pitching in the minors. With half the top Sox minor leaguers out, it makes me feel even better about our system.

    Imagine what happens when they start playing the really inferior temas & pitchers aroung the league.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I’m at 10. How can you not be a 9 or 10?

      Because the question is asking for the overall future. Taking account of a thinner system and some moves from the FO hurts for the overall future.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Not saying you should be voting 8 or 7 or below because it’s purely your opinion but it’s not all crazy to not to be a 10 or a 9.

        • YankFan

          7 it too low. That says you have no confidence in the farm. If(BIG IF) any of these lower level arms & of’s amount to anything, the system is not as barren as could be. They have in the upper systems Jesus, Nova, McAllister, Melancon, Romine. Outside of Jesus they are not studs, but solid guys. That is more than a lot of teams out there. Just not compared to the Rays or O’s, who happen to be in our division.

          But you are right about an 8.

          • camilo Gerardo

            don’t forget Eduardo!

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Wait until Heathcott, de Leon, Murphy and others get called up from EST. Then you will witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station!

      • Rod

        IETC

  • Jeremy

    The team is rolling against good competition. The lineup is so deep that it’s pounding opponents into submission despite our no. 3 hitter taking the month off. The rotation is so deep that Vazquez is our no. 4 and his struggles are not going to kill the team even if they persist. Hughes looked promising in his debut. It’s a 9, baby.

  • Bob Stone

    I’m at 9 again (actually 9.5). Pettitte’s been great. We’ve seen a lot of the “good” A.J. Sabbathia is the best. Mo is still G-d. Loved the Hughes debut. The old guys don’t look too old yet. Tex will come around. Cano has been on fire. Joba will come around. What’s not to like except Javy Lopez? And, I think Javy will make the adjustments necessary to get back on track.

    • V

      Javy Lopez?

      • Bob Stone

        My bad – Javy Vasquez.

  • Jose

    10. The three 10:05 pm start times on this road trip almost pushed me down to a 9. How can I watch the games and be able to wake up the next morning?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    8. Was a steady 9 for a while, the Joba thing(and starting pitching development in general) bumped me down. If it was the MLB team only, I’d be a 10, no question. The team is rolling, and only due to get better. They’ve faced 4 good teams(or 3 good and 1 decent), and are 9-3.

    • MattG

      Which one is good and which one is decent? I think everyone in the AL West is going to win 81 games.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Rangers are decent, Angels I’d say are pretty good (and have particularly been a thorn in the Yankees’ side). I do agree with you on the West in general, hell I picked the A’s to win it.

    • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

      Actually, the Yankees faced only one team that’s over .500 – the Rays.

      So, it looks to me like the Yankees are beating up on the weak teams. I’m going to reserve judgement until they face the real powerhouses of the league, because, well, those are the teams you’re going to be facing in the postseason. Let’s not be Pinstripe Pollyannas here.

      /Lombardi’d

      • bexarama

        A+

  • Ansky

    I’m at a solid 9.5. This team is clicking on all cyclinders right now. A quality start by Javy will push me to 10. He’s getting very close and I wouldnt be suprised if he dominates Oakland. Now once Tex heats up it’ll be over and we can start fitting the team for their stat sheet championship rings!

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Still at an 8. Yeah, the team won the World Series, and they’re off to a fantastic start, but until they develop one decent major league starter, I’m not entirely trustworthy of their development plan.

    So if Hughes is going strong come summer time, I’ll be right back to a 9.

  • Evan NYC

    9.

    Of the 12 games they have played, the opposing starter has made it past the 6th twice? That is impressive. As Joel Sherman said in the Post today: “So the offense has been a patient wrecking machine, and still has the promise of 60-plus homers coming from their so far mostly dormant Nos. 3-4 hitters.” With Tex on the cusp of coming around and ARod seemingly hitting the ball hard every time up now, this team is going to continue to roll offensively. And you can’t say enough about the pitching, it has been just spectacular (save Javy.) This has the makings of another historic season in the Bronx.

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    One request – could we make the confidence chart have a minimum of 5? Or have an alternate chart like that?

  • Chris

    Yankees lead the league in runs scored and in runs allowed.

    Confidence = 10

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    Is it possible to make a DOTF summary, so people who don’t follow along daily can can get an idea of who the top ten-ish prospects we have are?

    I’m posting that here because I think if we can get some clearer vision of what’s beyond Montero we may see the votes go a little higher!

    (plus I’m missing DOTF every day)

  • larryf

    We are the only team in baseball that starts a DW or DPT (designated walker aka designated pitch taker). I think other teams are going to start throwing at him. He’ll get to first but soon enough to the DL. The pitch count’s best friend-NJ!!!

    • bexarama

      you can’t fool me with your new name, dalelama

  • http://www.berniewilliamsday.org BernieWilliamsDay.org

    who voted ‘no confidence?’ show yourself! =)

  • Beamish

    I voted 8 – but really I am at an 8.2 with the warmth of the sweep (which was the only warm thing in that Stadium yesterday, the right field Grandstand was miserably chilly).

    Consistent Results inspire more confidence then potential or single moments of success. I will bump to 9 when they have a 5 game lead on first place.

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Montero just hit his first homerun – I’m at 11.

  • bexarama

    I’m pretty much always at 9. No different this week.

  • http://twitter.com/YankeesGalaxy YankeesGalaxy

    Absolutely a 10. They could be as legendary as the 1998 team.

  • camilo Gerardo

    always at ten, we are ready for a run

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    I was at an 8 going into the season just because I assumed the team would suffer early from a lack of CC and general Yankaprilitis, but with that not happening, it’s hard not to go back up to a 9. Other than Joba, I’ve loved all of the FO’s moves for the last two years, so it’s hard not to have a lot of confidence in its ability to field a great team year in and year out. I’m a little bullish on the yanks’ lower minors, too. It may end up being mostly trade bait, but there are a lot of guys who I can see filling valuable roles at the Major League level somewhere, and I think that while right now it’s Jesus and then everybody else, it could very well be Jesus, Slade, G-sez, and everybody else. If those three perform this year, that could be a bigtime top 3 prospect.

    But what’s more, my confidence in the 2010 team has actually gone up, which is insane seeing as nothing significant has happened. But I had it as a 9.5 going into the season, with the only caveat being the competition. But the team is flat out steamrolling right now. Not in a they-always-find-a-way-to-win kind of way – those streaks are fun to watch but they can easily fetter out. No, this is a different kind of hot streak. They don’t “find a way” to win games. They do it their way. Every time. They have already started performing like a machine.

    They’re beatable, but only if you’ve got your ace throwing at the absolute max of his ability, and you’ve got a strong bullpen and deep offense. The whole team seems to be performing in this bizarro-world super-relaxed way, where a strikeout looking is a-ok, and aceves giving up a bomb is totally fine because it’s all part of a great Cashardian process built around large sample sizes and an intolerance of sensationalist narratives or unnecessary SSS performance scrutiny.

    Last year people talked about A-Rod being able to “blend in” and all that crap, and I didn’t buy much into it, because A-Rod has always performed, regardless of how the media has perceived his persona. But right now I get the sense from this team that there is absolutely no fear of individual failure because of the overwhelming ability of the overall team to succeed with such dominating mechanism that all of the little failures that will inevitably make their way in are completely obscured.

    Robbie can hit like he was born to – swing at whatever the fuck he wants. Nick Johnson can go up there without a bat and get on base. Nick Swisher can spend the entire game doing a headstand on the top of the dugout while being felated by a pair of beautiful egyptian twins. Ok I have clearly lost my mind. My point is, though, that the team is not just winning, but doing so with incredible predictability. They are at the stage already where their dominance is almost boring. And I fucking love it. Last year they did eventually get to that point, but not until July or so. Sure, their play right now doesn’t guarantee that they’ll maintain this level of play throughout the season, but there isn’t much to suggest that they’ll get significantly worse in any department as the season goes on, and they get to play out the rest of the season without 7 losses in their first 12 games. That doesn’t mean a ton, but it’s still a competitive advantage for the Yanks over the Sox, and this team + competitive advantage = steaks and blowjobs.

    /insanely tired drunken crazy rant’d