Fan Confidence Poll: April 11th, 2010

In rare Fenway shutout, Yanks fall to Sox 4-0
Hughes working on mechanical changes

Record Last Week: 3-3 (27 RS, 28 RA)
Season Record: 5-4 (50 RS, 47 RA, 5-4 pythag. record), 1.0 game back
Opponents This Week: Monday OFF, vs. Orioles (three games, Tues. to Thurs.), vs. Rangers (three games, Fri. to Sun.)

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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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In rare Fenway shutout, Yanks fall to Sox 4-0
Hughes working on mechanical changes
  • Monteroisdinero

    7 with Hughes sucking.
    8 if he finds it.

    7 with Jeter and Posada aging poorly

    10 once Jesus and Banuelos gets their one way tickets to YS

  • YankeesJunkie

    I voted 7 just because the Yankees have not really been able to click thus far. Outside of CC and Burnett the rotation has been spotty and guys like Jeter and Posada have yet to make an impression offensively.

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      Posada went deep three times already. He’s played what? Eight games? Beckett dominated everyone but Cano last night, and if he goes like seven for ten with a few walks over fifteen plate appearances he’ll be fine. I’m more worried about Swisher, Gardner, and Jeter than I am Posada.

      • 7commerce

        Me too–Jorge always goes thru this stuff–taking strikes & swinging at soft slop. Those early bombs showed bAt speed & thump. Jeter has shown little bat speed since last July.

  • Yank the Frank

    7 . Rotation still a question mark and the inability by management to move Derek out of the top of the order is going to hurt.

    • Monteroisdinero

      When will teams start putting one of their outfielders in the infield when Jeter bats? The Jeter shift. Nobody in LF.

  • Drew

    Right now its a 6. When Phil Hughes straightens himself out, it will be an 8. The offense will come around and sometimes (like last night) you just have to tip your hat to the opposing pitcher. I was honestly expected CC and Beckett to reverse their performances, but its one game and one series. 152 games to go.

    • Drew


      • Drew

        Which reminds me, Mike you guys should really have an edit button for comments. It’s just annoying when you’re at work and you realize after you post a comment that you made a gramatical error or something and then you’re thinking “wow people reading this must think I read and write on a 6th grade level.”

        • NJYankeeFan

          ESPN has that were you can remove a post or edit it. It’s a nice option.

          • Mike Axisa

            Once we get ESPN’s servers and bandwidth capacity, we’ll have that option. We had it once before, but it just crippled the site.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Usually an 8. Now a 7 strictly because Phil Hughes has no effective pitches. Literally none.

    Viva Alex & Cano.

    Long live a strong farm.

  • Matt :: Sec110

    6, but maybe could have gone 7….can’t believe you guys didn’t include the ‘old’ Great City Subway Race returning.

  • T.J.


    Hughes is a pretty big concern for me. How long is the leash for Jeter at the top of the order?

    • YankeesJunkie

      While Hughes is still a huge concern because of his dissapearing stuff, Jeter on other hand still has regression to mean on his side. Has he hit poorly? Absolutely, but he won’t continue through the season with a .233 BABIP and .025 ISO and considering it is only 9 games into the season the Captain will get a fairly long leash.

    • Zack

      Betting his leash lasts until June 2013

  • Pat D

    9 games, only 5-4, only +3 run differential?


    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Now that we let them win two games because of Girardi’s boneheaded managing, the Red Sox have fixed all of their problems. It’s over. They’re winning the East, we’re missing the playoffs. Sure, we’re still in front right now, but the GregMath says we’re clearly a few games down already.

      Better luck next time, fellas.

      • NJYankeeFan

        How did Girardi cost the Yankees 2 games?

        I didn’t see him get mowed down by Beckett like the rest of the team did last night or give up 6 runs in 2 innings friday like Hughes did on Friday.

        • Reggie C.

          Something went over your head.

          • NJYankeeFan

            Oh sarcasm. Thanks

  • JerseyDutch

    Had to put 7 after being at 8 up until now this year. Too too many of our weaknesses in pitching and offense reared their ugly head this past week. We need better production from the top of the lineup and more consistent starting pitching.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      On the flip side, while Hughes’s struggles are disconcerting, AJ Burnett looks much better. So there’s that.

      • Rey22

        Burnett was untouchable through May of last year though.

        • FachoinaNYY


          This is what worries me most about AJ’s start this year.

          I distinctly remember his good start last year, only for it to turn into a horrible year for him.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Hey, at least he’s not craptacular right now.

            Doesn’t mean the wheels won’t fall off later, but take solace in the fact that it’s even possible for those wheels to fall off since they’re currently on at the moment.

      • JerseyDutch

        That’s true and I didn’t mean to imply there weren’t some nice surprises this week. AJ, Martin, and Chavez, to name a few.

  • Reggie C.


    Though Hughes barely looks like a major leaguer at this point, AJ and CC have pitched well. I nearly put down a 6, but nova hasn’t been bad.

    Cashman looks pretty good with the Chavez and Martin signings.

  • NJYankeeFan

    7 for the future, 6 for this year.
    The starting pitching has been very mediocre overall . Hughes has been putrid as we all know, Nova still can’t get through a lineup more than twice, not much can be expected from Garcia, Burnett has been good but the the big implosion mais always just a start away and CC is a rock, getting the job done even when he doesn’t have his best stuff.

  • China Joe

    Today: 1!!!
    If they win the next game: 10!!!!
    If Hughes sucks again Wednesday: – 100000000!!!

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      I feel the same way quite often.

  • Timothy


    Maybe it’s a little bit lower coming off a game like last night’s, but Hughes with a lack of velocity/a putaway pitch, and the offense not being able to be consistent outside of Cano and A-Rod are a little bit concerning.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Six: Hughes is sucking something fierce, Jeter and Gardner look absolutely lost, Swisher’s struggling, but a few of the hitters are looking good, Martin, Jones, and Chavez are looking like good signings, and AJ’s looking better than he did last year,

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I’m at a 1. The minors all have losing records, the big club is only 1 game over .500. There is no hope.

    Psych. Still a 10.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Phil Coke has more strikeouts than Phil Hughes. Let that sink in for a bit.

    • NJYankeeFan

      Hopefully in a few months when Hughes is rolling, we’ll all look back and laugh about how we overreacted to a few bad starts he made in April.

      • A-Rod’s Wingman

        And hopefully Miranda Kerr will leave Orlando Bloom for me and Alex will stop fucking flat chested blonde chicks.

        …Okay it’s probably more likely that Hughes stops sucking, but still, lets not take that as a given. Hughes is a flyball prone pitcher and after Joba I don’t trust the organization with young pitchers anymore.

        • CS Yankee

          So, a lazy but extremely gifted pitcher with injury history (both prior to and after signing with the NYY) doesn’t pan out as a starter 3-4 years (after a beyond awesome SSS) after his 2007 callup & you lose trust?

          In which the FO realized the likelihood of a managers abuse on younger middle relief pitchers and created (the Joba rules) guidelines for his early callup?

          Take a long look at AA & AAA this year, a lot to be proud about and to look forward to.

          Joba is great in both the good way and the bad way and his career isn’t decided yet.

          • CS Yankee

            …plus you shouldn’t be trying to steal another mans wool.

  • CS Yankee


    I was hoping for the “standard” Beckett going into last night whereas the long-ball rules. They had 19 HRs versus our 18 so regardless of how mant we hit, they would of had more. However, Beckett showed why some consider him an ace. His career is far better than AJ’s (for those that point to career ERA), he had 4-5 different pitches working, hitting 95 & can be quite elite at times.

    note: their 19 were HRs allowed, ours were HRs hit.

  • Andy in NYC

    8, taking into account the current situation AND the future.

    I have to wonder who is constantly voting 1. It used to be one or two people, and I just figured it was trolling, but now it’s been around ten people for awhile.

    Who are these people?

    • Andy in NYC


    • JerseyDutch

      Red Sox fans trolling the site.

  • dkidd

    still an 8

    i was getting irrationally annoyed in the 9th inning last night, then my wife said something like “they always lose the first series to the red sox and you always panic and i always turns out fine”

    jeter and phil are concerns, but this team should make the playoffs and cashman is smartly reluctant to trade way the farm

    • dkidd

      it* always turns out fine…

  • Tom Swift

    Has anyone defined what the 1 to 10 system represents? Is it linear? Logarithmic? What does 10 represent? Near certainty . . . of what? A play-off spot? A World Championship?

  • Angryankee

    We’re clearly doomed…