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Fan Confidence Poll: June 21st, 2010

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Record Last Week: 3-3 (21 RS, 23 RA)
Season Record: 43-26 (376 RS, 275 RA, 45-24 Pythag. record), one game up
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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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  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    8. J.B. Cox coming back almost pushed me to a 9.

  • Pete

    10. I was at 9 until the Vuvuzela ban was announced.

  • A.D.

    Being in 1st place and Brackman making some serious progress, not too shabby.

    • pat

      Dellin too.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    An 8 but still a little worried.

  • AndrewYF

    Staying strong at 9.

    Winning the World Series the year previous, and being the best team in baseball in the present, and having what looks like a very good ‘new’ core of players (Sabathia, Cano, Hughes), as well as the team seeming willing to spend on premium pitching talent in the offseason (Lee), and having young prospects in the pipeline (Montero, Romine), and promising prospects a little further away (Heathcott, Brackman, Warren, Ramirez) will do that to you.

  • Chris

    This team has the best record in baseball and the best run differential. They’re essentially tied for the most runs scored and second fewest runs allowed in the AL. Despite all of that, it seems like the team just hasn’t clicked yet. Maybe it’s just that the guys that you expect to carry the team (Jeter, Tex, A-Rod, CC) are having slightly down years. I think the fact that you would expect all of them to play better in the second half makes me more confident in the team going forward, but something about the team feels a little off. In the end I voted 9.

    • AndrewYF

      Despite all of that, it seems like the team just hasn’t clicked yet.

      Which is extremely, extremely scary for the rest of the league.

      It’s been a while since we’ve had a first-half Yankee team be this good. The fact that they could be even better warms the cockles.

      • Rose

        Very true…but common sense would say that older players would do worse in the second half of a season due to fatigue or nagging injuries, etc.

        Let’s hope that’s not the case though. They seem to have had the second half…during the first so-to-speak.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Very true…but common sense would say that older players would do worse in the second half of a season due to fatigue or nagging injuries, etc.

          Or, you could say that it takes them longer to get going so once the later part of the season hits, they’ll finally be in full swing.

          /other side of the coin’d

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Very true…but common sense would say that older players would do worse in the second half of a season due to fatigue or nagging injuries, etc.

          Has that common sense idea been tested with statistical research? I don’t know of such a study that would verify that.

          I do know that young players often perform worse in the second half due to being pushed beyond their normal playing time threshholds and hitting a wall. Dunno about vets, though.

          • Rose

            Has that common sense idea been tested with statistical research? I don’t know of such a study that would verify that.

            I’m sure there have been studies on older people of certain ages with stamina and endurance breakdown, although I will admit that I don’t know what they consider “older people” these days.

            Just as players like Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, etc. are either becoming more injury prone and/or losing velocity on a fastball due to the many years of wear and tear as well as age…the same could be same for a smaller scale of a full season. Half a season and a full season certainly don’t have the same workload.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              I’m talking specifically of studies about baseball players of certain ages, not just a general study of human adults and stamina. That’s far too broad/vague for what we’re discussing.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                J.D.: (About Josh) He wrote down the guy sweats when he exercises.
                Patient: I do!
                J.D.: I’ll call Ripley’s!

              • Rose

                What’s the difference though? If older people break down easier than younger people (with similar lifestyles)…what would be the difference between being a baseball player or being any other human being? An older body would be more likely to break down than a younger body (barring other disorders, illnesses, or issues that may exist).

                • Rick in Boston

                  Because baseball players are generally in better health than the average adult of a same age, their bodies might stand up better to the rigors of the game and would therefore be outliers in a mainstreet study.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  Because we’re not talking about whether or not a 50 year old has less stamina than a 20 year old while running errands or working out at the gym, we’re talking about whether or not a 35 year old professional athlete would hit worse/pitch worse than a 25 year old professional athlete down the stretch of August/September/October.

                  It’s a much smaller age difference window, it’s a much different athletic profile sample population, it’s a much different skill being evaluated, and there’s a lot more data noise (like initial talent level, since older players have to be better than their peers by default to be able to still be employed at an advanced age, or like experience/baseball intelligence, which would allow veterans to compensate for any skill decline) that would muddy the statistical waters.

                  Do old people have less stamina than young people? Yes. Does that mean that older baseball players will naturally perform gradually worse over a seven month baseball season than young players will? No, not necessarily. It’s more complex than that.

                  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                    I’ll throw one more bone of complexity into it: Older players may actually suffer the fatigue or nagging injuries LESS than younger players because they’re more experienced at playing through pain and avoiding injuries with a personally tailored and properly paced training regimen.

                    They’re also probably less prone to general fatigue as they’re likely not as sleep deprived as younger players. Who do you think is going out every other night to hit up the clubs and drink, Joba Chamberlain or Jorge Posada, who has a wife and kids to come home to?

                    See, there’s tons of reasons to flip your common sense on it’s head and envision how older players wouldn’t wear down as the season goes on worse than young players just because they’re a decade older.

                    • AndrewYF

                      If I had Jorge Posada’s wife, I don’t think I would get very much sleep.

                    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

                      +1 to TSJC and Andrew YF

    • Bob Stone

      I feel exactly the same with one additional thought. I wanted Damon and Matsui back. I like their home run power (Matsui 9, Damon 3 in 2010 YTD) and clutch hitting vs Granderson (6HR) Gardner (3HR) and Nick Johnson (2HR). Even with the downturn in performance for Matsui and Damon they just brought that “we can with this one” feeling in every game, especially in late innings. I don’t get that YET with Gardner, Granderson and Johnson.

      I think Damon and Matsui would have 18-20 home runs and a couple af game winners vs. Gardy, Grandy and NJ’s combined 11.

      But we march on. I like this team alot and I think they will get hot in the second half. And I think the old guys will contribute to that along with the pitching staff.

      I’m still a solid, optimistic 9. I still expect this team to win 105 to 110 games this yeaar.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

        I think Damon and Matsui would have 18-20 home runs and a couple af game winners vs. Gardy, Grandy and NJ’s combined 11.

        I don’t see the logic in this. First of all Granderson missed a month with an injury, and he has 6 homeruns. Gardner has been better than Damon this year. How does this equal Matsui and Damon hitting for about twice the amount of power if they were playing for the Yankees? I know there’s a short porch in right field, but that’s a ridiculous observation with no proof to back it up. You can love Damon and Matsui all you want, but they aren’t producing as well as they used to.

        Brett Gardner 1.8 WAR and .377 wOBA
        Granderson 1.4 WAR and .336 wOBA(45 games)
        Hideki Matsui 0.4 WAR and .337 wOBA
        Johnny Damon 1.1 WAR and .348 wOBA

        So please explain to me who has produced better? Homeruns isn’t the greatest stat in the world. If it was, people wouldn’t complain about how bad Teixeira has done nearly as much.

        • Bob Stone

          I was speaking to the issue of the team “Clicking”. Damon and Matsui gave everyone the feeling that the Yankees could always pull out a victory with a big hit and/or a home run.

          Yes, I do believe that the short porch would result in many more home runs and possible game winners from Matsui and Damon. They proved that theory for years when they were Yankees.

          Are Home Runs the best indicator of performance? Of course not. But I was speaking to the issue of the team clicking and guys that just have the ability to pull off the big hit at a big moment.

          Nick Johnson ain’t that guy. He’s likely not even going to play anymore this season. Grnaderson could be. Gardy has played great.

          The front office got rid of Damon and Matsui due to concerns regarding age and injury potential and replaced them with Grandy and NJ. They have been hurt as much as Damon and Matusi so far.

          Damon and Matsui have done it over and over again, coming up with the big hit/home run when it was needed.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            So… intangibles!

        • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

          this.

  • vin

    9. The emergence of the minor league pitching has me feeling all giddy inside. In particular, 7 guys – Noesi, Phelps, Warren, Brackman, Betances, Hall, Stoneburner. That’s a fair amount of starting pitching inventory that Cash can use to bolster the team – one way or another. Not to mention 2 of the big upside guys – Ramirez and ManBan (who’s coming back soon).

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

      Can’t really get excited about Hall or Phelps, but I agree with the rest.

  • AndrewYF

    Something to remember when worrying about the Yankees’ offensive output: run scoring is down significantly throughout the league, to the tune of .26 runs per game, compared to last year.

    Essentially, 850 runs is the new 900, and the Yankees are on pace for 888.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      But Joel Sherman told me the Yankees couldn’t compete without trading for 2 bats. Hmm, could Sherman be wrong about something?

      • Rose

        Let’s not jump the gun here just yet. We have a lot of old guys on the team and there is still more than half the season for them to play.

        But I like what I see so far. You don’t see the energy the team had last year…the pies in the face…the fun loving attitudes…but I still think that’s because everybody has been frustrated with a combination of personal injuries and slumps…but they’re still winning a bunch of games.

        I like it.

        • Pete

          you don’t see the pies in the face because there haven’t been a bajillion walk offs. Which is normal, and doesn’t mean they don’t have the same energy

          • A.D.

            Nothing wrong with winning games from being ahead.

        • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

          A team doesn’t need as many walk offs when the pitching is keeping a lead and the hitters are smacking off grand slams.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            That.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            Why thank you for this insightful comment, Riddering.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          You don’t see the energy the team had last year…

          That’s funny, I do.
          I see this team as just as energetic as last year’s team.

          the fun loving attitudes…

          I see that too. Swisher, CC, Burnett, etc.: just as jovial as last year. Granderson is a great smilefest addition.

          I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

          • Rose

            I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder beer holder.

            • ColoYank

              LOL!

              The old “thick spectacles” defense; it’s been known to work, but you have to be delusional.

              Not me, about the Yanks, though. I voted 9. They haven’t really clicked yet, as some say, but they have the best record in all of ball.

  • https://twitter.com/YankeesGalaxy YankeesGalaxy

    Nine for now. This is the summer, so we’ll see the Yankees go on a tear.

  • Reggie C.

    7.

    Things that i’d like to see happen this week:
    1. Arod emerge.
    2. Teix emerge.
    3. Good Aj emerge.
    4. Posada catch more games (no DH in Az).
    5. Segedin signed … that LowA squad could use a middle of the bat guy.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Tex’s last 12 games: .302/.434/.651/1.085. He wasn’t hitting much in the Mets series but what he did hit left the park. Not too shabby. If he can keep his bat hot this week, we can say he *has* emerged.

      • Bob Stone

        Tex had a couple that were pretty deep that didn’t make it. I see him coming into his optimum power hitting mode. He has been DRIVING the ball.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

      Funny how the Yankees could be in first place and people will still complain a bunch and give a 7 rating.

  • Carlosologist

    10. Even though the offense has been relatively inconsistent between home and the road, the pitching on the farm boosts my confidence greatly. Brackman, Betances, and Banuelos are the future of Yankee pitching. Slade is going to be at the top of the lineup for years to come. Jesus is going to be driving him and Cito in for a long time.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Brackman, Betances, and Banuelos are the future of Yankee pitching.

      The new Killer B’s. Perhaps one of them can bring back Operation Shutdown, Derrek Bell style.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Yeah, they’ll all run OS on the other teams’ bats!

        http://www.hiyoooo.com/

      • Reggie C.

        Man-Ban & Betances have 2 starts bw them, and there’s no known comeback date for banuelos so he’s staring a lost yr of development if he cant get on the mound soon. Look at what happened to Heredia.

        I’m much higher on Brackman than either of those 2.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I agree. My retort: Betances doesn’t turn 23 until Spring Training 2011. Banuelos doesn’t turn 23 until Spring Training 2014.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related (safe)

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.typepad.com/ Angelo

      I don’t know if Heathcott is going to be a lead-off type of hitter. I believe he’ll hit for more power than that. I love the optimism though. But chances are, less than/ about half of those prospects will come through.

      Here’s to hoping they all succeed.

  • vin

    Can I change my vote to a 10? I forgot about the new RAB commercial on YES. By my count, it came on 3 times during the postgame and Joe G. shows yesterday.

    • AndrewYF

      Is there a youtube of that?

      I like that youtube has become the new word for ‘internet video’, just like ‘google’ became the new word for ‘internet search’.

  • pat

    I’m at a 10 because Harold Effin Garce might be coming to America.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He’s a man! He’s 40!

  • Mike HC

    10 — The Yanks surely have their flaws and concerns, but I think every other team has more.

  • bonestock94

    9, just like it’s been since April 4th

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    I’m up to a 9 with the acension to 1st place. Hope to see Teix stay hot though I don’t know what would re a realistic decent BA for him at this point. Can someone play with numbers and find out? :)