Fan Confidence Poll: July 11th, 2011

Sabathia dominates Rays to wrap up first half
The Brandon Laird Option

Record Last Week: 3-3 (22 RS, 22 RA)
Season Record: 53-35 (455 RS, 334 RA, 57-31 pythag. record), tied in the loss column for AL East lead
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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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Sabathia dominates Rays to wrap up first half
The Brandon Laird Option
  • first time lawng time

    I hate it when the pythag record is greater than the actual record.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      Kinda makes me feel like more good things are to come though.

      • Jared

        I prefer that to when the Pythag record suggests the team should be worse…

  • biggie

    Per MLBTR, Anibal Sanchez may be made available via trade. He would be the best SP available from what we have heard so far. What type of package would you be willing to part with to bring him over?

    • Will (the other one)

      The problem with Sanchez is that he’s only signed through the end of the year, so he’d basically be a rental. I’m not sure whether he profiles as a Type A/B free agent, but surely he’ll want to get out there and explore the market after two years of avoiding arbitration, meaning the team would stand a good chance of losing him at the end of the season anyway. Not sure what I’d want to give up for a player like that, even if he would certainly be a short-term solution for a key team issue.

      • Will (the other one)

        Oops – looks like he’s arb-eligible at the end of the year. That might change things a bit.

        • MannyGeee

          yeah, thats a big difference. Sanchez only makes 3.7M this season and still 1(?) year of team control left…

          He is pitching REAL well this season (3.58 ERA, 9.2 K/9, 2.1 WAR). Although his HR rate is up from last year (but still at about his career average, 0.9HR/9).

          He might cost more than we would want to talk about, ESPECIALLY with all the other teams looking for starters this deadline.. like a package starting with Banuelos.

    • Ted Nelson

      One red flag is that Sanchez’s FIP has been a full point lower at home in both 2011 and 2010. I don’t know how much of that is Dolphin Stadium specifically and how much is umpire preference for home team. Between that and coming to the AL, there are some risk factors.

      Otherwise Sanchez could be exactly what they need both now and long-term, depending on the price.

  • David, Jr.

    Defined as this year, I am at 9, meaning a 10 would be a 100+ win team that would be a slam dunk favorite to win the World Series, with the ratings going down from that.

    I see this as an overwhelmingly likely playoff team that will win somewhere in the low 90’s, therefore the 9.

    I could go to an 8.5 or lower in the future, because now they are in a position where they need some things to happen, as follows: A solid return the rest of the way from Jeter’s 17M salary. The healthy return of ARod and Soriano. A trade that would address their only real weakness, namely starting pitching matchups in a short series. CC is fine against Halladay or anybody, but after that it gets dicey. This would take a major deal, and the prospect huggers would not be happy, but it is the only way that they elevate higher.

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

      Now they are in a position where they need some things to happen, as follows: A solid return the rest of the way from Jeter’s 17M salary…

      Minor quibble: they need a solid return the rest of the way from Jeter, irrespective of his salary level. What’s done is done.

      Whether Jeter is making the 7M salary his production level actually deserves or the 17M salary he’s actually being paid is pretty irrelevant to the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Yankees. That extra 10M per year isn’t really going to change much of anything in regards to how the team is assembled (and Jeter isn’t going to be cut or traded), especially since that extra 30M will probably be easily recouped in merchandizing revenue sold at YS3 over the next half-decade and the Yankee payroll will continue to increase year-over-year anyway.

      We as Yankee fans need to let Jeter’s salary level go. It is what it is. We all knew he was going to be dramatically overpaid for what he had done in the past and for what his brand is worth in a continued joint partnership to the team. He’s overpaid as a declining old shortstop, but he’s in effect being paid both as a baseball player and as a marketing icon. You can’t think of it in binary terms where money spent on a player is only valued in terms of on-field production.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        I’m gonna disagree here. A player’s salary matters, if say Nick Swisher or Curtis Granderson were underperforming or slumping it would be much easier to take because they’d be easier to replace. A lot of that has to do with the fact that they’re outfielders and there’s always an outfielder out there to replace a guy, but also it’s easier to justify 8M on the bench than it is 17M on the bench. There’s teams that do it, but not many.

        Though, it could just be that because it’s Derek Jeter he won’t be replaced or benched without a commotion. Thus, because it’s Derek Jeter they need a solid return from him for the rest of the season.

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

          What I’m saying is, though, Derek Jeter isn’t going to be “replaced” or benched or anything else, whether he’s making 7M or 17M. He’s going to play, because he’s the most marketable star in baseball since… Mickey Mantle, probably.

          Just being Derek Jeter means he’s pretty untouchable, so it doesn’t matter if he’s being paid double what he’s worth.

          • CS Yankee

            This is word and it applies to any singular player on the Yankees.

            Arod is off for 1-2 months and that coin (maybe 10-12M$) is wasted in a sense but they already have the revenue lined up and unless 5-6 of these deals head south it likely won’t be more than a drop on a pond.

            Player costs and budgets are a concern to every MLB team, however they don’t really affect about 4-5 teams and likely would only cripple a handful of teams.

            I don’t hate or worry on any players salary and don’t believe it will impact the NYY in any negative manner due to his & the teams proven model of success.

          • whozat

            Right. The issue, to me, is that the Yankees MUST get decent production from him, because he will be the SS for the next 3.5 years no matter what happens — only because he is Derek Jeter. I don’t think there is a level of production to which he can sink that will cause them to play someone else at SS.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            Yeah, I was merely stating that a salary for a player matters. In Jeter’s case it isn’t his salary it’s who he is…if it were say Alex Rodriguez in a few years (hopefully never) I think the money would play a bigger issue into benching/replacing him than the name. Then again he’s getting paid 300M.

            • Ted Nelson

              It’s not just the money, though. It’s the expected performance of that player vs. any replacement.

              Jeter may be uniquely untouchable, but in most cases if the Yankees had a hot young prospect they felt was MLB ready and could out-produce the MLB player… I feel they’d play them. When Swisher struggled this season or even Jorge, it wasn’t just that they made a lot of $ so they weren’t benched… it was also that the Yankees had no one else they expected to be better for the rest of the season than they expected Swisher and Jorge to be.

      • David, Jr.

        Just meant that they need to get some smack out of it. I am hopeful, as ne has been showing real signs. It would really help.

    • Ted Nelson

      To me a trade for a #2 starter is more of a short-term concern than long-term. Getting a short-term answer will likely cost them 2+ top prospects, which could well hurt them in the long-term. Not everyone who sees the potential for Montero, Dellin, and Manny to be MLB stars is a “prospect hugger.”

      • David, Jr.

        Agreed, although you could get a top young starter that would satisfy both short and long term concerns. I would hug the prospects too, if I thought that it wasn’t a good deal, but I can see something looming here. Their choices are: 1. Skate through this year with Bart, Freddie, etc., under the assumption that they will be able to move some prospects like Betances up to the Yankees next year, or 2. If somebody really good becomes available, give up some prospect assets to do that, as they were going to with Lee. It is not an easy call, but I can see them thinking that way.

        • Ted Nelson

          Yeah, I think it’s contingent on who becomes available at what price.

          I just see the #2 starter as a short-term concern. Longer term they have in-house candidates as well as free agents to fill that role. Of course it’s also a medium- to long-term concern since there’s no guarantee any prospect or free agent comes through… but most positions are medium-term concerns and basically all are long-term concerns.

          • David, Jr.

            I’m coming from the view that they are extremely good right now, hence my 9 rating and belief that they will win somewhere over 90 games. Therefore, other than perhaps a trade for another left handed reliever, the only thing that would really make a difference would be a trade for a top quality starter. Therefore, I am thinking that they either don’t trade for a starter at all, rather than trading for an aging stopgap that wouldn’t make a real difference, or do something of the blockbuster variety, like an offer for Clayton Kershaw of Hughes, Montero and much more.

            I’m not really looking at it as a #2 starter necessarily, but somebody like Lee would have been, a co-#1.

  • a.hinds

    July 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    i never really understood this thing. what are we being asked? we are confidence that the team will win the world series the next two years?…. confident they will make it to the playoffs? overall future is very very vague.
    if you mean are you confident that yankees wont suck i can always answer 10 because i cannot see this team winning 70 games, ever. not with its resources.
    so if someone could explain this to me thanks.
    would a ten be win the world series, a nine; they will get there but maybe not win. an eight; loose alcs ….. and so on and so forth?

    • David, Jr.

      Define it yourself as to time, like this season for example, and your scale, and let it fly.

      • CP

        Exactly. There’s no wrong answer.

        Unless you vote 5. That’s wrong.

        • Jorge

          Can I vote in Spanish?

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

            ¡Nó!

  • Esteban

    8, as I’ve voted almost all season.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Still at a five. Team’s been ravaged by injuries as of late and it looks like were headed for a rough July with A-Rod out. Even when he’s bad he’s still better than most players. Maybe Nuñez will show something while A-Rod’s out. I’ll say this, it’s a lot harder to replace Jeter than it is Alex, and Nuñez’s throwing problems will be exacerbated at third. Or at least one would think. Can’t wait for him to return.

    Losing the division lead sucked, but that’s what happens when Boston plays a bunch of crappy teams. Seeing Hughes return gave me some mixed emotions. Someone said Hughes looked like a typical pitcher that’s trying to get his arm strength back. If it wasn’t Hughes, I’d agree, but since Hughes provokes such strong feelings in me and many other Yankee fans it still feels a bit different. I just hope he has his curveball back and he can get back on track to having a good ML career.

    • CP

      we’re headed for a rough July with A-Rod out.

      I’m not so sure of that. Of the Yankees next 46 games (over the next 7 weeks) only 13 are against teams with a winning record: 3 against the Red Sox, 4 against the Rays, and 3 against the Angels.

      The overall win percentage of their next 46 opponents is just .475, so this is a relatively weak portion of their schedule and a great time for them to make a run.

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

        Yeah, it’s really not that bad of a stretch ARod will be missing.
        4 @ TOR
        4 @ TB
        3 v OAK
        3 v SEA
        off day
        4 v BAL
        4 @ CWS
        3 @ BOS
        off day
        3 v LAAAANAAAAA
        3 v TB
        3 @ KC
        4 @ MIN
        off day

        That gets you through Monday, August 22st. Plenty of winnable games in there, even sans ARod.

        • CS Yankee

          Missing the cake part of the season will likely cost him getting 30 HR’s though.

          /meaninglessstats’d

        • Jimmy McNulty

          With A-Rod you just can’t win. The haters get yelled at for saying that the team’s better off without him and his fans get shouted down when they say it’s going to be tough without him.

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

            We’re not “shouting you down”. We’re just saying, while ARod is the balls, we’re not doomed if he misses a month.

            This team is pretty much never doomed by the loss of any one singular player, no matter how awesome that player is, because the team is full of awesome players.

            It will be tougher, yes. It may not be tough, though.

            Perspective, holmes.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              This team is pretty much never doomed by the loss of any one singular player, no matter how awesome that player is, because the team is full of awesome players.

              CC Sabathia?

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

                How many starts would CC Sabathia miss if he was out for 4-6 weeks? 7 or 8, maybe?

                Ivan Nova would take those starts. Would we lose more games than we would have lost if CC took those 8 starts instead of Nova? Yes.

                Would we be doomed? No.

                Repeated, for emphasis:

                This team is pretty much never doomed by the loss of any one singular player, no matter how awesome that player is, because the team is full of awesome players.

                • Jimmy McNulty

                  I think it depends on your definition of “doomed.” The meme started around the ALCS after the first loss there and Cliff Lee started looking awesome, no? IIRC, it didn’t work out too well. If the team were to lose CC Sabathia, or Alex Rodriguez for that matter, for the duration of the season I’m pretty sure they’d miss the playoffs more often than not. I’d call that “doomed.”

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

                    If the team were to lose CC Sabathia, or Alex Rodriguez for that matter, for the duration of the season I’m pretty sure they’d miss the playoffs more often than not. I’d call that “doomed.”

                    At what point in this conversation did the concepts of “July”, “a month”, and “4-6 weeks” morph into “for the rest of the season” and “The ALCS”?

                    It would have been nice to let the rest of us know you were moving the goalposts like that. Thanks for the ex-post-facto warning.

                    • Jimmy McNulty

                      I didn’t know you meant any goalpost, but I agree if it was just for a month or a few weeks.

                  • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

                    No, the dooooomed meme has been around pretty much forever, but I remember hearing it in reference to the Yankees not making the playoffs last year. And then in advance to not making it past the ALDS. And then in advance to not making it past the ALCS. So… you win because of that last one I guess…

                    (I agree, if they lost CC for the season, at the beginning of the season, they likely wouldn’t make the playoffs.)

                    • MannyGeee

                      The sandwich shop downstairs ran out of the soup I wanted for lunch, so is my afternoon Dooooooooooomed? or just my lunch hour? Or am I boned for the entire day and I should consider going home and hitting the reset button?

                      This is what you deal with as a Yankee fan.

                • Ted Nelson

                  “This team is pretty much never doomed by the loss of any one singular player, no matter how awesome that player is, because the team is full of awesome players.”

                  I would take it a step further even and say that the same is true for pretty much any team… and in the opposite direction too: teams that have 10 fWAR MVP players like A-Rod in Texas can still be well under .500. In the NBA with a healthy season from a super-star it’s really hard not to be at least decent, but the same is just not true in MLB.

              • David, Jr.

                I agree that they are full of awesome players. In fact, virtually every position on the team is manned by above average players.

                How again, does that translate to a “5”?

        • Jimmy McNulty

          On a serious note, there’s a few pretty important series (serieses? What the hell is the plural of series?) in there and LA’s better than what were giving them credit for. Unfortunately I think he’ll probably miss two of them. He’s either a quick healer or always comes back too early before he’s fully healed; so at any rate I expect him to be on the short end of four to six weeks. Probably back for the Angels series, I’d say.

          • Owen Two

            According to Merriam Webster Online (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/series), the plural of ‘series’ is actually ‘series’.

            #justhelpingout

          • Ted Nelson

            There are always going to be some “important series” is any 1-1.5 month stretch… the point people were making was just that if A-Rod has to miss 1-1.5 months at some point in the season, this is not the worst time for that to happen.

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

      Someone said Hughes looked like a typical pitcher that’s trying to get his arm strength back. If it wasn’t Hughes, I’d agree, but since Hughes provokes such strong feelings in me and many other Yankee fans it still feels a bit different.

      Brian Fantana: They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works—every time.
      Ron Burgundy: That doesn’t make sense.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Oh please, for quite a few of us Hughes was the first pitcher that we followed prior to the draft and through the minors. Of course he’s going to engender strong feelings one way or another. In the first half of 2010 did you yell at people saying that he’s better than Lester, or any other established ace? For someone that’s as big of a homer as you are you don’t understand the emotional side of fandom at all.

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

          I understand the emotional side of fandom quite well. You want Hughes to be great again. I also want Hughes to be great again. We all want Hughes to be great again.

          What I don’t understand is irrationality. You basically said “If it were any other pitcher I’d agree that Hughes’s struggles in his first game back were just normal building of arm strength but since it’s Hughes I won’t accept that plausible explanation… because I care about him so much”.

          You took a perfectly rational explanation for a perfectly typical phenomenon and then declared that you were ruling it out of consideration just because the player in question evoked strong feelings for you.

          That’s batshit insane, bro.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            I never said I didn’t believe the explanation, just that it’s hard to accept that as the explanation for someone that I’m so emotionally attached too. I used words like “feel” and “feelings” not “thoughts” or “thinking.” Huge difference. I mean, if you wanted get realistic about it…Hughes has been injured just about every year of his career except for one. He’s underperformed, failed to meet expectations aside from his first half of 2010…you know the schtick. It’s too early to be negative, you fill in the rest.

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

              I never said I didn’t believe the explanation, just that it’s hard to accept that as the explanation for someone that I’m so emotionally attached to.

              I still don’t get how “I care deeply for this ballplayer, he’s one of my favorites, I want the best for him” equates to “I won’t accept this conventional baseball wisdom that his previous injury and subsequent lack of game action means that he’ll have to rehab and rebuild his arm strength, just like he was in Spring Training again, in order to be effective”.

              If Sergio Mitre had stunk up the joint for three months, come back off the DL, and not been dominant from day one, you would accept “building arm strength” as an explanation for those struggles (because you don’t give a shit about Sergio Mitre), but if Phil Hughes stinks up the joint for three months, comes off the DL, and isn’t dominant from day one, you won’t accept “building arm strength” as an explanation for those struggles because you’re emotionally invested in Phil Hughes.

              Did I get that right, or was your original comment just really, really poorly worded?

        • David, Jr.

          Also, don’t be surprised at all if Hughes is traded. There is only one way that this team can significantly improve, and that is to bring in another stud starting pitcher, like a Ubaldo Jiminez. It would take something like Hughes, Montero, Betances and more.

          I could see them thinking this way, with in prime and end of prime superstars on the team. They tried to do it with the Lee rental, and they will again if the opportunity arises.

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

            Don’t hold your breath on that happening.

            • David, Jr.

              Of course I wouldn’t. It would be the ultimate blockbuster, and those aren’t easy to pull off. I could see us thinking that way, though, assuming that the Lee rental proposed deal was accurately reported. It is about the only way you could improve team, except maybe for a superstar Catcher. Also, let’s say Bart and Freddie regress. The need becomes even more acute.

              Fast forward to:

              CC vs Halladay – OK, say a push.

              Two of Bart, Hughes, AJ vs Lee and Hamels – pretty much screwed. Could win, of course, but not what you want.

              • Ted Nelson

                Just making the World Series is a pretty hugely successful season. Certainly I think the Yankees could improve their pitching, but I haven’t seen much evidence that they’re in a huge rush to pay any price to do so.

                If you were another team how much value would you put on Phil Hughes? I don’t see his trade value as all that high right now. Higher than his 2011 performance certainly… but not all that good.

                You might be selling low on Hughes, Montero, AND Betances in your trade scenario. I think there’s a good chance that all 3 have more value one year from today than today, though it’s obviously far from guaranteed.

          • Ted Nelson

            I think that’s a stretch. I would be surprised if Hughes is traded. His value is about as low as ever right now.

            They did not try to trade Hughes, Montero, and Betances for Lee as far as I know.

            And I have seen absolutely no evidence that they’re thinking is short-sighted just because some of their players are old. In fact, I’ve seen the opposite.

            • David, Jr.

              I’m not so sure that Hughes doesn’t have lots of value. Young, always highly regarded, winning 18 games last year, dominating MN in the clinching game of the first series.

              The offer for Lee apparently was Montero, Adams, and maybe Nunez or Nova, but that was only for a rental, and they were apparently ready to pull the trigger until Seattle went for the Smoak deal, indicating the Yankees thought process in regard to the need for starters, and perhaps a good clue to how they would think if another prime starter was available.

    • David, Jr.

      Don’t understand the 5. Do you think that they will end up with a .500 record, or not come close to making the playoffs, or what specifically do you think they will end the season at?

      • Ted Nelson

        Jimmy votes 5 every single week, and in all his explanations I have no seen any rational reason. Just, basically, I could be higher on them and I could be lower on them… so I’m in between… so I’m at a 5. (Of course 5.5 is between 1 and 10, not 5… but…)

        • David, Jr.

          I can’t get much off of my 9. I see maybe 94 wins, but not one of the dominating Yankee teams, in which case I would be at 10.

  • Jorge

    Fuggit. 9. It’s the midway point and the team is hanging in there despite a ton of obstacles in their way. I say Hughes comes back and becomes the pitcher we know he can be, Sabathia never gives up another run again, Derek Jeter continues to get to know hitting the ball past the infield again, Alex comes back and averages a home run every .5 at-bats, Dellin Betances AND Manny Banuelos develop into twin aces by 2013 and, get this, we all witness a healthy Eric Chavez by the middle of August.

    Also, I will catch Alex Rodriguez’s 3000th hit and receive a private suite for the rest of the decade.

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

      I say… Sabathia never gives up another run again.

      The second half schedule hasn’t been decided on yet (to my knowledge), but CC’s next 5 starts will probably be:
      at TOR
      at TB
      home v. either OAK or SEA
      home v. BAL
      @ CWS

      CC needs 36 more full innings to break Orel Hershiser’s scoreless innings streak. I want this to happen so badly, and I think it’s eminently possible; CC is rolling, and none of those teams have meatgrinder offenses, they can all be pitched to.

      If you fuck this up for me, Joey Bitchtista, I will hate you forever.

      • Jorge

        I would LOVE that as well. Was even explaining Hershiser’s streak to my wife yesterday. CC’s penchant for the ocassional “gut it through” start in between bouts of awesomness does worry me as to his ability to nearly triple the length of time this goes on for.

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

          Yeah, 59 innings is just a really, really, really long time. Even for a pitcher like CC, on top of his game, the odds are stacked way against him.

          ‘Twould be awesome, though.

          • CP

            F@$%## Seth Smith.

            If it weren’t for him, CC would be at 35.2 instead of 32.2 scoreless innings.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              Fallacy of the predetermined outcome

      • MannyGeee

        of those teams, only two guys worry me: Bautista and Dunn (less so against LHP)

        another 36 IP of no run ball is completely attainable here, even if completely implausible…

  • Monteroisdinero

    9.

    It is all about pitching and if we get back Phil or Nova and everybody else continues what they have done, we should be fine. We have plenty of offense and can keep our position without Alex. Boston has injuries to Lester and Bucholz and we have no idea how that will play out. I don’t think any of our hitters are looking at regression in the second half. Biggest worry is health/endurance of Mo and Soriano and Joe’s rally-killing sac bunt calls. Be nice to pick up another lefty somewhere.

  • Will (the other one)

    I’m at 7, down from 8 last week. Nothing’s changed for me except Alex’s torn meniscus, but whenever your $275 Million Man needs surgery of any kind, a little doubt has to creep into your mind. I’ll be back up at 8 once he’s healthy and playing (well) again.

  • Mister Delaware

    Interesting wording on the Dickerson roster move.

    • Jorge

      I just went crazy looking for an actual interestingly-worded roster move involving Dickerson on the net, only to find you were referring to his going down for Jeter. Look, it’s Derek Jeter. Sometimes you just have to grin and do what you’re asked to.

  • Hester Prynne

    Two weeks ago I said anything less than a 9 was insanity and I still believe that. This is the best offense in baseball, we have one of the best starters in baseball and a pitching staff that has exceeded expectations all year. We will battle with Boston all year for HFA in the ALCS. We are on a collision course with Boston and nothing but a season ending injury to a key player will derail that meeting in the ALCS.

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

      We will battle with Boston all year for HFA in the ALCS.

      A battle that is largely irrelevant, btw. HFA is tremendously overrated.

      #justremindingeveryone

      • Nigel Incubator-Jones

        Can the Yankees petition the commish to change it to day light advantage. All day games in the playoffs. They’re not very good in night games.

        /sarcasm

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

          Hal Steinbrenner: Hey, Bud, can we have some afternoon starts during this playoffs?
          Bud Selig: Get your ass on that primetime corner and make Daddy some money, baby. You know you my bottom bitch. Ben Franklin in Daddy’s wallet is lonely, he needs his baby to make him some more money. Tricks need hoes, and hoes need tricks. CHUUUUUUUCH!

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    My confidence level is 8. The Yankees have played all teams faced everyone’s top pitchers and our SR has done quite well against the other clubs. With the improvement expected with the bullpen after the break, things are looking good.

    I suggest to give Laird a shot with Nunez and forget outside expensive help. I use our trade chips only on pitching if necessary to improve our lefty bullpen or off the wall shot at an outstanding starting pitcher. Also, we can win 45 games in the second half and end up with 95 wins should be enough.

  • MannyGeee

    still steady bangin at 8. on pace for 97 wins, outside of the occasional offenseive hiccup (albeit typically lasting for days) and brainfart on the basepaths (looking at you, #20), this team is meeting or exceeding expectations.

    That said, #s 2-5 of the rotation could implode at any time and we could be screwed, but that ccan happen to anyone at any time in this league.

    (We think) diminished pressure from the Division in Boston battling injuries and the Rays being who we thought they were, really helps our case here as well.

  • Jesus Montero

    If Gordon and K. Texeira were both removed from the 40 man, who was added?