Fan Confidence Poll: June 28th, 2010

Escape from LA
A bullpen band-aid: More Robertson, Marte

Record Last Week: 4-2 (33 RS, 34 RA)
Season Record: 47-28 (409 RS, 309 RA, 48-27 Pythag. record), two games up
Schedule This Week: Monday OFF, vs. Mariners (three games, Tues. to Thurs.), vs. Blue Jays (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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Escape from LA
A bullpen band-aid: More Robertson, Marte
  • Pete

    a million.

  • MattG

    I give them a 0.4% chance of winning anything this year.

    • bexarama


  • Rose

    Injury Zone: Brett Gardner left Sunday’s game with a bruised right forearm after getting hit by a pitch.

    They kept saying he was hit on the wrist and it was a wrist injury last night on ESPN. A bruised forearm is significantly better news…

  • Doug

    up 1 from an 8 to a 9.

    riding a high after last nite’s come from behind win and our top prospects had very good weeks.

  • Gonzo

    Should your confidence be swayed by oppenents’ state of affairs? I mean the Sox have injuries, and the Rays have in-fighting.

    • Dirty Pena

      I don’t see why not. If we were in a different division, confidence would be 11 every week.

    • Riddering

      The recent Sox injuries are very pleasing, in a “this is war!” sort of way.

      • Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        We’ve certainly dealt with enough; now it’s their turn.

  • Frank

    Staying at 7. Middle relief needs to improve and I’m not sold on Joba as the answer in the 8th. And then there’s Burnett-hopefully Eiland can get in his head and straighten him out,=.

  • Rose

    Been 8 for a while. They’re winning games but a lot of them still haven’t rounded the bend so you have to wonder when that’s going to happen.

    Pitching has been great. Sabathia has done a great job and even though he’s been a well known ace for a while now…his accomplishments thus far have taken a back seat to Pettitte and Hughes. AJ and Vazquez have been nothing more than forgettable thus far. And Burnett will go down in Yankee history as having the worst month ever (for a starting pitcher) in the history of the franchise.

    AJ Burnett in June 2010
    0-5, 23 IP, 11.35 ERA, 2.26 WHIP, 35 hits, 17 BB, 9 HR

    To put just how bad this line is into perspective…

    Chien-Ming Wang in June 2009
    1-3, 22.2 IP, 6.35 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, 28 hits, 10 BB, 3 HR

    And then having this display in the same season from another highly paid professional pitcher:

    Javier Vazquez in April 2010
    1-3, 20 IP, 9.00 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 25 hits, 11 BB, 5 HR

    Just awful. Pure awful.

    But like I said, we’re stilling winning games…which is all that matters in the end.

    • Dirty Pena

      David Cone in April 1998

      27.2 IP, 7.16 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 34 hits, 10 BB

      Andy Pettitte in May 1998

      35.1 IP, 7.64 ERA, 2.01 WHIP, 49 hits, 22 BB

      Verdict: Who cares?

      • Rose

        Those aren’t nearly as bad as Javy and AJ’s haha…I’m not harping on them but they’re pretty awful nonetheless.

        I mean I still voted an 8. With those 2 awful months from 2 entirely separate pitchers, we’re still the best team in baseball.

        • Dirty Pena

          Yeah, I’m just saying not even one of the best teams of all time had everyone at 100% efficiency all season. Shit happens, we’ll get over it.

          • dr mrs the yankee

            AJ was historically awful in June. Like, nobody ever pitched a month that bad for the Yankees ever apparently. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with pointing out that he was very very bad and/or being concerned about him going forward.

            • Dirty Pena

              Chien Ming Wang was much worse in April last year. Sure he probably didn’t meet an inning requirement, but he would’ve almost had to throw two perfect games to get his numbers down to AJ’s.

              I’m not saying there’s nothing to be worried about, it just doesn’t help AJ’s case that this horrific 3 game stretch of 10.1 IP/19 ER finishes off a month with 2 bad, but not horrific starts (12.2 IP/10 ER). It’s bad but I don’t think it should detract all that much from how successful the team has been.

              • Dirty Pena

                after 2 bad*, not with 2 bad

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              There’s absolutely nothing wrong with pointing out that he was very very bad and/or being concerned about him going forward.

              Yes and no. Yes, you should point out how historically bad he’s been. No, you don’t need to be concerned about him going forward.

              Even though he personally has never been this bad before, either he or the Yankee braintrust will figure out what he’s doing differently (if anything) and he’ll be back to his old mercurial, unpredictable, CG Shutout one day/3 inning stinkbomb the next AJ Burnett he’s always been.

      • Rose

        Also, David Cone was 3-1 with those horrible numbers and Pettitte was 2-3.

        • bexarama

          That just proves how dumb wins are.

        • JGS

          So what you’re saying is…AJ lacks tRA+

        • JMK

          In middle school, as a pitcher, my ERA was regularly in the double digits. But you know what? I never lost a game.


          • JMK

            Nice going, guys. All three of us with the TP.

          • Thomas

            JMK for CYA!

        • ROBTEN

          It was a different era.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            No way to compare it.

    • bexarama

      AJ and Vazquez have been nothing more than forgettable thus far.

      Have you not been paying attention since like April or something?

    • Thomas

      AJ and Vazquez have been nothing more than forgettable thus far.

      This isn’t an attack on you specifically, but a lot of people write stuff like this and I feel like commenting on it (for some reason).

      If they were forgettable, wouldn’t you not know there stats/how poorly they pitched? They’ve pitched poorly, which is not forgettable. Forgettable is likely pitching average or slightly below something that has no reason to be memorable. Pitching horribly (or very good) is something you would (or at least I would) remember.

      End rant.

      • Rose

        It’s an expression. If it weren’t an expression…nobody would say anything is forgettable ever for the same kidns of reasons you’ve explained.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          He knows it’s an expression. He’s saying you’re using it wrong.

          The worst pitcher we’ve had in the past half decade, Sidney Ponson, he’s not forgettable; we remember him because he’s the worst. We forget the utility infielder who barely made a dent because he didn’t play much and wasn’t particularly good or particularly bad.

          20 years from now, you’ll still probably remember Sidney Ponson more than you remember Alberto Gonzalez. Ponson is LESS forgettable because he was so bad (as Javy and AJ have been for monthlong stretches this season).

          Bad ≠ forgettable

          • Rose

            No, bad doesn’t equal forgettable…but it is much closer in relationship than good is to forgettable. You can say forgettable as an expression to “I’d like to forget about this…” due to whatever circumstances there are. I don’t know why anybody would say they would like to forget something good that happened.

            Kind of like the opposite of saying “What an unforgettable night!” you could say “AJ Burnett and Javier Vazquez performances are forgettable thus far”. Not meaning “I definitely will be forgetting these performances”…but more of a “I would certainly like to forget these…” Because in the same breath, that unforgettable night could very well become forgotten somewhere down the line.

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              You can say forgettable as an expression to “I’d like to forget about this…”

              No, you can’t. Because the unsaid second clause that come after the ellipsis in your quote is:

              “I’d like to forget about this… but I can’t.”

              Things that you’d like to forget aren’t “forgettable”, they’re unforgettable. You’d like to forget them but you aren’t able to, so they’re the exact opposite of unforgettable.

              It’s all about the ability to forget the event. Notably good or notably bad events are less forgettable than events that fall in the middle, average, typical, normal range. That’s the way the human mind works.

              • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                In fact, your own comment betrays you.

                Javier Vazquez pitched horribly in April. He’s not pitching horribly now. Do you know why you remember Javy’s awful April, enough to mention it in your comment?

                Because you couldn’t forget it. It wasn’t forgettable. If it was forgettable, you would have forgotten it.

                • Rose

                  So when and if somebody says “What an unforgettable night!” would you patiently wait for the point that they might actually forget that night or would you tell them how they’re wrong right away? haha

                  “The grass is always greener on the other side” is an expression as well…but (literally) the grass isn’t always greener on the other side…so not only is it not always but it may in fact be less green as well…making this famous expression even worse I guess lol

            • Thomas

              Yeah, it’s cool. I know what you mean and knew what you meant (and actually didn’t notice it until I read it as a quote from bexarama’s reply). I know I’ve made the same mistake. For some reason, I was annoyed enough (misuse of stuff like this annoys me often) to comment on people using expression when there were probably more accurate ways to describe something.

              • Rose

                No it’s understandable. It was confusing. I admit it.

  • Jimmy

    My first ever 9, up from an 8. The Yankees continue to win in spite of sub-par season from the corners and AJ. Brackman & Laird are chewing up the minors and Montero starting to warm up. The Yankee’s overall future is rosy.

  • pat

    I’m excited for this Seattle series. Lee and Felix, bring it.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    10, As always. Right now, even though the minor league system looks like this, it is operational.

    Soon though, it will will look like this.

  • Jorge

    9 – have always been confident as to the big league team, but reading these DOTF’s and seeing some of those chips really starting to fall into place makes me even happier.

  • YankeesGalaxy


  • Beamish

    8.6 – though sometimes they really do look like the worst team ever to have a two game lead in a division. But results are results and they are in first place by 2 games.

    • bexarama

      though sometimes they really do look like the worst team ever to have a two game lead in a division.

      I get what you’re saying but wow. Remember when the 2006 Cardinals won the World Series?

    • Riddering

      Not every season can be as pretty (or easy, in the end) as 2009. As long as the results are there, I don’t care if the Yanks look a bit raggedy.

      • bexarama

        And let’s not pretend 2009 was 1998 either. It took until after the break, really, for the Yankees to get their crap together.

        • bexarama

          Not trying to discredit the 2009 team, they ruled. Just saying.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      though sometimes they really do look like the worst team ever to have a two game lead in a division.

      List of teams who have held a two-game lead in their division that have sometimes looked like the worst team to ever have a two game lead in a division:

      All of them

      [end of list]

      That’s baseball, Susan.

  • Riddering

    For the present I am an 8.

    However, when I think about Jesus being part of the lineup next year (whether to begin the season or later on), this confidence goes up to 11.

  • JGS

    Also happened last week–A-rod hit three home runs

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius

      But teh hip! Teh steroids! Teh power outage!