Fan Confidence Poll: June 21st, 2010


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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  1. Steve H says:

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

  2. Pete says:

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

  3. A.D. says:

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

  4. Jake H says:

    An 8 but still a little worried.

  5. AndrewYF says:

    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.

  6. Chris says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

        • 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

        • 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 says:

            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.

            • 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.

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

              • Rose says:

                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 says:

                  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.

                • 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.

                  • 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.

    • Bob Stone says:

      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.

      • Angelo says:

        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 says:

          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.

  7. vin says:

    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).

  8. AndrewYF says:

    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.

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

  10. Reggie C. says:


    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.

    • Riddering says:

      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 says:

        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.

    • Angelo says:

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

  11. Carlosologist says:

    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.

  12. vin says:

    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 says:

      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’.

  13. pat says:

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

  14. Mike HC says:

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

  15. bonestock94 says:

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

  16. Link says:

    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? :)

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