Fan Confidence Poll: September 20th, 2010

Orioles come back after rare Mo meltdown
The Jorge Posada Appreciation Thread

Record Last Week: 3-3 (29 RS, 22 RA)
Season Record: 90-59 (792 RS, 611 RA, 93-56 Pythag. record), 0.5 games up
Schedule This Week: vs. Rays (four games, Mon. to Thurs.), vs. Red Sox (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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Orioles come back after rare Mo meltdown
The Jorge Posada Appreciation Thread
  • JFH

    still a 7

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

    8. The playoffs will be clinched this week. The division will be clinched the first day of October.

    Tommie: very aroused.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    The poll didn’t take nearly as big a hit last week as I thought it did. Bravo, team.

    Voted a 9, still the best team in baseball, still have a great farm system yadda yadda.

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

    9 because they are a lock for the post season. Once you get there anything can happen.

  • bonestock94

    On paper we should win the WS, but I just don’t think we will. This whole RISP thing is bugging the shit out of me. I vote 7 though, all this talent and 1st place I’m certainly not negative, just less confident.

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

      On paper we should win the WS, but I just don’t think we will. This whole RISP thing is bugging the shit out of me.

      2010 Yankees, RISP: .259/.362/.424
      2009 Yankees, RISP: .272/.370/.433

      Meh.

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        And before people suggest it:

        Johnny Damon with RISP, 2010: .200/.314/.289
        Hideki Matsui with RISP, 2010: .276/.376/.488

        But, you know, playing in YS3 would have instantly transformed these two players into .600 hitters with RISP!

        • bonestock94

          Well I certainly wasn’t going there, I’m not a Mike Francesca show caller type fan. Just my gut feeling.

          • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

            Wasn’t directed to you personally, just for the inevitable “if we had Damon and Matsui we’d be so clutch” comments that are sure to come at some point.

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

              It’s like Scott Brosius all over again.

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

          YOU FORGOT MELKY!!!!!!

      • bonestock94

        What about 2nd half ’09 vs 2nd half ’10?

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

          What about an even smaller sample size of an already small sample size stat that probably doesn’t matter as much as we think it does?

          • bonestock94

            Good point.

    • LarryM.,Fl.

      I agree with your summation of the Yankees. I might add the inconsistent performances and dowm performances of our positional players. Also, the weakness of SP except for CC and Andy. Phil might have a great WS game if we get there but in the AL playoffs could face problems.

      I believe that the Yanks win it all because the team has terrific back of the baseball card stats. I vote 8. AJ the unknown is key to the entire WS win.

  • Hughesus Christo

    7 because Girardi is driving me effing insane.

  • Pete

    Still a 9. Even when we’re not scoring runs, were getting men on base. I’m cool with that. Add a healthy Andy to that cocktail and there’ll be a good run in there somewhere.

    /bexybait’d

  • larryf

    8. I am concerned about facing the better pitchers throwing off speed to our free swingers (see Swish, Tex, Grandy), Joe’s robo-managing (see putting in free swingers to pinch hit when only contact is needed), one lefty/loogy that gets used up by the 6th, and the umps not helping us as much this year (see Twins foulball that was 2 feet fair in the playoffs last year).

    Other than that, why hasn’t Joe pitched Ring or Romulo yet? He’s resting guys, he’s not resting guys-it’s all so confusing…

    also, we don’t have our world series mvp this year-he was a very good YS hitter

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Free swingers?

      Pitches per plate appearance AL rankings:

      Gardner #1
      Swisher #22
      Tex #27

      Oh, and Matsui was much better on the road last year.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Granderson not Gardner.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          As Meatloaf once sang, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Grandy’s actually #13 surprisingly enough.

      • larryf

        but very good in the series at YS-maybe Cano will do the same this year.

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

          And utterly craptastic in the playoff games and down the stretch before that.

          Yes, Hideki was money during the 6 games against the Phillies. No, he was not money during the games against the Angels and Twins before that, he sucked balls.

          Let’s not let an amazing 6 game World Series make us forget the fact that Hideki Matsui was legally dead down the stretch.

          • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

            Let’s not let an amazing 6 3 game World Series.

            He got all of one plate appearance in every game played in Philadelphia.

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

              That too.

              • larryf

                Amazing then that we won with Swish/Tex/Cano/Matsui all sucking….

                /Centaur’d

    • Chris

      He’s resting guys, he’s not resting guys-it’s all so confusing…

      Exactly. He’s trying to rest guys, but not everyone. The Yankees have essentially (but not actually) clinched a playoff spot, plus they’re fighting for the best record in baseball. It’s a balancing act where you need to rest some guys to stay fresh, but you don’t want to throw in the towel for every game.

      Other than that, why hasn’t Joe pitched Ring or Romulo yet?

      In the last 12 games, 9 have been decided by one run. Girardi is trying to win those close games by using his good relievers. If this were a series of blowouts (either wins or losses), you would see the lesser relievers get more innings.

      • larryf

        Is that why Gaudin pitched in the 11-3 game? Romulo and/or Ring couldn’t get in any work? It is all very confusing but Joe G has a plan…

    • Jobu

      There is a lot going on in this post, but I can answer why Joe has not used Romulo. Joe just doesn’t like him because he is a card carrying Fat Sanchez!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    8 now that Andy is back.

  • steve s

    I have confidence in the players but not Girardi. His handling of Joba in the 7th and his handling of the top of the 11th yesterday was as bizarre as it gets (and even if the Yanks went ahead all the players he burned left the Yanks extremely vulnerable for the rest of the game) all of which came on top of the other managing blunders he made on the road trip. It may be that Yankee management is to blame as well as Girardi for implementing the “let’s get healthy over winning the division” strategy which I disagree with strongly with the irony being if they had played more to win over the last 13 games they could have been looking to wrap-up the division by splitting with the Rays this week and given those players needing time off some continuous time off over the last 10 virtually meaningless games.

  • Reggie C.

    7.

    The rotation gets a much needed boost in Andy’s return. I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop and see Good Aj disappear for good. Aj + Vazquez + Gautre = playoff death.

    • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

      I’ve got some faith in Burnett to not shit the bed in the playoffs. I’m expecting one dominant outing, two solid outings, and one terrible outing.

    • Chris

      Name a team with a better #4 starter than AJ.

      Go ahead, I’ll wait.

      • Thomas

        The Twins and the Rays both have better number 4s than Burnett. The names may not be as famous, but they have outperformed him.

        • Chris

          You’d really take Jeff Niemann/Wade Davis/James Shields/Kevin Slowey/Scott Baker over AJ Burnett to win a playoff game?

          They may be having slightly better seasons this year than AJ, but they’re not better pitchers.

          • Thomas

            Really they’re not better pitchers. You’d take Burnett over Baker and Shields pitchers with a better K rate, BB rate, ERA, WHIP, FIP, and xFIP. Slowey and Davis have slightly lower K rates, but walk less batters and have been more valuable. Niemann has had equal value to Burnett.

            I think Burnett has the possibility to out pitch the other 5 with only James Shields likely able to match him. However, Burnett’s also in my opinion is more likely to bomb in the playoffs.

      • JerZGuy

        That depends on which AJ shows up.
        The one with the filty curve and riding fastball, or the one who grooves meatballs down the pipe and puts the team 5 or 6 behind by the 3rd inning.

        • Chris

          The whole point is that you have a 50-50 shot at getting the good AJ. I’ll take that over any of the other options.

          • JerZGuy

            Agreed

  • Johnny O

    This week feels more like a “TBD” vote should be available. One huge series coming up and one hyped only for media purposes series coming up. Would love to be the ones to officially nail shut the coffin for the 2010 Red Sox season.

    • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

      Would love to be the ones to officially nail shut the coffin for the 2010 Red Sox season.

      Not sure what a ‘Red Sox’ is, but it sounds disgusting.

      • Thomas

        I believe it is the female retaliation to the Bovarian Napkin.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Personally, I can’t wait for the Sunday ESPN game. The Red Sox should officially be eliminated by then. I hope Joe starts half the AAA team and we win anyway. Put a positive spin on that, suckers!

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

      Would love to be the ones to officially nail shut the coffin for the 2010 Red Sox season.

      We did that a year and a half ago when we signed Mark Teixeira.

      • Hughesus Christo

        Pedroia’s Napoleon complex (and soft, childlike bones) took care of that months ago.

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

          Nah. The Sox were out of it before they were into it.

  • Klemy

    Yeah, I was at a 7 last week and I’m staying there at the moment. I’ll be there at least until after the Rays series. I am happy for the return of Andy, that alone made me almost go back to an 8.

  • vin

    Still a 9. Andy returned and pitched well. AJ has seemed to put god-awful AJ behind him. And Hughes returned from his extended rest and pitched very well. Bullpen is still getting the job (although it may not seem like it at times this past week).

    Hopefully the banged up position players can get healed before the postseason.

    Oh, and Alex is mashing again.

  • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

    Andy brings me to an 8, but I just want to strangle myself every time we can’t hit with RISP, which is keeping me from the 9.

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

    9. I missed Andy. I kind of want the Red Sox to be already eliminated by the time they come to town (or get eliminated in the first game) because it’d be hilarious to watch the FOX and ESPN broadcasts with them already out of it.

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

      Like I said before, if we go into that final series with Boston with a 4 game lead on the Sox with 3 left to play, I think FOX/ESPN will still give the Sox a shot at making the playoffs.

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

        The Red Sox could be 17 out with 3 to play and FOX/ESPN would give them a shot of making the playoffs because of their… oh… you know.

  • Jorge

    Don’t think I voted last week, but an 8 now, and I’ve been in the 8-9 range for a while now. Not concerned about the team’s ability to get it together in the short term, and thik they’ve got as good a shot as can be at repeating. More concerned about how this team will age in 2011.

    • larryf

      Age? ignore the Jesus factor at your own peril…

      • Jorge

        Didn’t exactly forget about the Jesus when I said that. Concerned about an older Jeter. Concerned about an older AJ for the next three years. Slightly concerned about an older Alex, but I’ll gladly sign up to overpay for the 2010 version for a few years. Concerned as to how effectively transitioning from those spots will go. Not concerned about how the team will transition at catcher. They’ve got about 3-4 tries to get it right from within.

  • Captain Jack

    I gave this team a six, Romine’s slump gives me longterm concerns about the catcher position, also Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez also leave me feeling a bit concerned going forward. Furthermore, I really fucking hate AJ Burnett…and I hate that the Javy haters look “right” after this season.

  • virginia yankee

    How do you screw up as a manager. You sit a hurt player out of necessity and then you sit one of your most recently productive players (ARod) who is rounding into playoff shape further requiring a top to bottom change to the batting order, sliding your recently most productive player (Granderson) further away from the RISP. If you need speed on the bases in late innings how do you fail to pinch run for Joirge — he was nowhere close on the DP.

    When are they going to fix Gardner’s slash swing – a fly ball anywhere — a gb to the right side would have scored the insurance run. As to your question yesterday – he will be worth playing over a power OF when he begins attacking middl-in pitches as he did yesterday, but that requires fixing the slash an a change in approach.

    For all the ability of these guys we love they can look truly awful on key at bats — “trying/hoping to do too much”

    When is Girardi going to enforce the “forget the hit get the freakin guy in from 3rd with no out, one out” ethic. The pitchers the yankees are facing are not so deceptive that they can’t be hit — and an understanding that strikeouts are not the worse out — given how difficult it is to get a hit DP pitches need to be recognized for what they are; as do fly ball pitchers that get the guy in from 3rd.

  • Jerome S

    8

    AJ Burnett = ALCS No-Hitter.