Fan Confidence Poll: August 1st, 2011


Record Last Week: 5-2 (47 RS, 25 RA)
Season Record:
64-42 (560 RS, 410 RA, 69-37 pythag. record), two games back in the loss column
Opponents This Week:
@ White Sox (four games, Mon. to Thurs.) @ Red Sox (three games, Fri. to Sun.)

Top stories from last week:

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?
Categories : Polls


  1. Nick says:

    Montero up for the Red Sox series? Or sooner?

  2. Jorge says:

    Up to a 9. Team has looked strong beating up on a bunch of jobbers, as they should. We didn’t think Garcia or Colon would be standing upright at this point, much less putting together very solid seasons. No mortgaging the future for a quick fix as well. Couldn’t be happier.

  3. Hester Prynne says:

    I just don’t know how you can be at anything less than a 9. Buchholz is now likely out for the year making our starting rotation every bit as good as the Red Sox. With A-Rod our lineup is every bit as good, too. Montero will be up soon, Nova remains our 4th starter, and all is good for another deep run in the playoffs.

  4. Still an 8. Even without making a move, this team remains just as good as any of the other WS contenders. (Yes, even Philly and Boston).

    And both Garcia and Colon are actually getting stronger, not staggering towards their imminent demise as was frequently predicted.

    • Cris Pengiuci says:


      And longer term, all of the team’s top proscpects are still with them. There will be opportunities to acquire players during August as they clear waivers should an urgent need arise for the remainder of this season and also during the off-season to continue to build the team for the future. All continues to look good.

      Despite the team not making a deal prior to the trade deadline, I refrained from lowering my vote to a 1 (as hard as it was, I also remain at an 8).

    • jsbrendog says:

      to me it is even more impressive that garcia is still going than colon because of how garcia does it. He does it with smoke mirrors and slop and has to alter his approach everytime he sees a team again whereas colon can just go out and pound four seamers and two seamers. freddy can pitch and it is actually kind of fun to watch.

    • nsalem says:

      In Mike’s recap yesterday he wrote that Freddy “chugged” through six innings of 5 hit, 2 run ball.
      Guess Freddy is sort of like The Little Engine That Could.

  5. Drew says:

    What the f is a pythag record?

  6. Doug says:

    Up from a 7 to an 8. Glad we didn’t mortgage the farm for a marginal upgrade in the rotation.

  7. CMP says:

    8 for the future, 7 for this year.

    They still don’t have the starters behind CC to win in the postseason and it looks like its gonna stay that way until they can sign CJ Wilson or Darvish in the offseason.

  8. ADam says:

    So we can call up Montero now right? right…. or maybe the front office is thinking…..Maybe not, maybe it is better to not disrespect Jorge and or Frankie Cervelli in order to make the team better….

  9. steve s says:

    Very happy Yanks did not move Montero et al. As ass backwards as it sounds I am hoping that Yanks don’t overtake Sox until after 9/1 so that they can block any waiver deals forcing Sox to live with current injury risks and their pretty empty farm system while the Yanks reap the talent they held on to. One item from last week did bother me though and was lost among the trade deadline flurry. Girardi’s statements after the sweep on Sat. suggesting that day/night doubleheaders should be played as 7 inning games (like in the minors) was so wrong on so many levels that I don’t know where to begin in showing my disgust. If Ernie Banks was dead he’d be turning over in his grave twice! Hey Joe, how about doing away with extra innings too and let games tied after nine be won by a home run derby. As godawful dumb a remark as I’ve ever heard anyone associated with the game make.

  10. David, Jr. says:

    For a time frame of this year, I stay at 8.5 They have held up impressively without ARod. Robertson has been sensational. Nunez has been a real contributor, hitting something like .303 since he started playing regularly, in addition to consistently affecting games with his speed. Swisher has rebounded strongly. A near certainty to make the playoffs, and a real chance once they get there, while at the same time retaining all of a very quality farm system.

  11. I was told we were supposed to be panicking. WHY THE HELL AREN’T YOU PEOPLE PANICKING?!?!?!

  12. Reggie C. says:


    Offensive outbursts are good for team morale and I’m sure Granderson felt damn good after a five hit day. The home stand now over, I hope there’s a chance to debut Montero soon on the road outside of the fan fare that would happen if he arrived earlier.

  13. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    What a week…the yanks are two games back. This week – two big pieces returned – Soriano and Chavez. Arod will be back soon and the starting pitching has been very consistent. Cashman sits tight and keeps the top prospects…ManBan hasen promoted and Jesus is coming!

    And the Sox of all teams are the ones making deadline moves to acquire a oft broken pitcher b/c they have concerns about their staff. Also…adding Aviles? I thought Iglesian would be starting as SS by now???

    And who are the doctor’s for the Sox? Mister Magoo? Two straight years now they’ve missed fractures with injured players. I’m no doctor, but can’t Henry afford an MRI or Xray machine?

  14. Johnny O says:

    I’m a 9. The santonio/plaxico/cromartie signings were huge.

  15. Kramerica Industries says:

    4-3 on the upcoming road trip – take it or should they do better?

    The White Sox have a good pitching staff, which I could definitely see winning a couple games for them. Abysmal offense however that can certainly be navigated.

    Red Sox, on the other hand – even the most optimistic person has to admit that the Yankees have to start making hay here. 0-6 at home is an irreparable mark, but they can alleviate that with a quality mark at Fenway going forward. That starts on Friday.

    Lets not forget the Anaheim series that starts after the trip.

    • jsbrendog says:

      the yankees do not need to win a single game against the red sox during the regular season to win the world series.

      this is a fact.

      • Accent Shallow says:

        Sure, but beating the Red Sox makes winning the division easier, which is more desirable than winning the wild card.

        • Foghorn Leghorn says:

          maybe so, but getting in is much better than not getting in and once you’re in anything can happen…

          The same is true for trying to score with woman.

        • jsbrendog says:

          The following teams have won the World Series as a wild-card winner: Florida Marlins (1997 and 2003), Anaheim Angels (2002), Boston Red Sox (2004).
          The World Series was won by a wild-card team in three consecutive years: 2002, 2003, and 2004.
          A wild-card team appeared in the World Series in six consecutive years: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.

        • MannyGeee says:

          well, technically beating TB/CLE/CHW makes it easier for the Yankees to get into the playoffs. as long as you have a better record than those teams, you are getting in via the WC..

          and FWIW, winning the World Series is more desirable than winning the East. dont care how you get there, just get there.

    • Hester Prynne says:

      Take it as I think we’ll split with the White Sox. I see us winning tonight, losing tomorrow and splitting the last 2. Which means 4-3 leads to taking 2/3 from the Red Sox which I think we can do. I hope they don’t push Lester back to Friday so we only have to face one of Beckett/Lester.

  16. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    I’m in at an 8 and it’s the first time I ever voted on a Fan Confidence poll, so it was a personal bar-setter. I LOVE that Cash had the Cajones to stand pat. It would have been so much easier to deal for Bedard or Kuroda to “appease” the MSM or MSF (Mainstream Fans.) Once it was clear that he wasn’t going to get the Ace or Legit 2 for what he viewed as a fair price, he did the smart thing.

  17. theyankeewarrior says:

    I’ll call it an 8. And it doesn’t have much to do with the deadline. Just the team looking good.

    To be honest, I thought we would at least grab another LOOGY option or go after Bedard. We could have had that guy for none of our top prospects AND kept him away from our rival who suddenly has only two legitimate starters.

    Anyone have a fair comp. for what the Sox gave up for Erik?

  18. CountryClub says:

    And then there’s this:

    According to sources close to organization, Trenton catcher Austin Romine, then Dellin Betances, will be next to board the SWB shuttle, with top overall prospect Jesus Montero expected to join the Yankees’ lineup in the very near future.

  19. Ana says:

    Still at a 9. Really glad we didn’t make any rash trade deadline moves – nothing that was available on the market outside of Ubaldo was worth giving up more than B prospects, and the MRI refusal from the Rox was a huge red flag.

    Right now, we’re looking at a team with one of the best offenses in baseball in terms of R/G and run diff., the 2nd best team pitcher fWAR in the AL, 3rd best team xFIP in the AL (only 0.04 from having the lowest), 3rd best team FIP, 3rd best team ERA, and best K/9 in the league. Complaining about that is almost by definition irrational.

    • David, Jr. says:

      A good analysis, and don’t forget that this year’s team has an exceptional defense. The entire outfield has been outstanding, particularly Gardner. ARod was on a Gold Glove pace. Tex is Gold Glove level. Martin has been a major improvement. Cano is far above average.

      • Ana says:

        Oh yeah, absolutely. Gardner’s on a whole other level of defense, and the rest of the team is solid.

        Add it to the list of things the Yankees are good at.

    • Bob Stone says:

      I totally agree. I’m at 9 as well.

  20. LarryM.,Fl. says:

    Staying at 8+ but couldn’t be any happier with the non trades made by Cashman . Maybe I’m seeping the kool aid but I do enjoy the building blocks from the system. Only in time of emergency and farm system inability to provide the goods then go and get with all the gusto and money.

    The Yankees if they continue to think along these plans will have an advantage over most clubs with the ability to develop and keep and buy when needed. Plus stay on top in the process.

    If Montero is on his way because their is no advantage to not move him especially with Cervelli’s offensive ability. Montero can get 2 games a week at catcher and a DH assignment for about 12-15 AB’s. Now we have Montero and Nunez getting great grooming while playing secondary roles just fabulous. Not to mention Nova, Noesi and Robertson blooming into future roles. If only Phil Hughes could get it together?

  21. MannyGeee says:

    hanging at an 8, as we all await Freddy and Bartolo’s arms to fall off. might not happen, but considering their relative age and miliage, it would not be a surprise.

    that said, a ‘centaur-less’ lineup has been hitting the cover off the ball, Hughes/Freddy/Colon have wiggled through some good starts, and hell even Good AJ made a cameo this week…

    Banuelos, Romine and Dellin getting the call to SWB (already or very soon) instead of starting for Toledo or Las Vegas is a good feeling. Well played by Cashman to stick to his guns, right wrong or indifferent…

    and oh yeah, Jesus is coming.

  22. CS Yankee says:


    Have been sitting at an eight all year and raised it .1 due to the non-trade moves. I wanted Ubaldo badly…felt that Hughes with others would be good. The indians anted-up & impressed that cash didn’t go with another 3/4/5 starter.

    Romero & ManBan can be effective LOOGY’s…let’s Manny make a few AAA starts and winds him down in the MLB pen come September (cap those innings around 140), if that pans out maybe postseason. Don’t feel good about Boone, never really have.

    Good stuff, Jesus call up sometime this month or Sept 1 and we have a solid chance without the Rook’s…maybe they’ll be our wild card for our wild card.

  23. yankee_lover says:

    i hate how most of yall give the division to the red sox like they are 50 games in front of us

  24. Jimmy McNulty says:

    I’m still at a five. Middle of the road in terms of confidence. I fully expect them to make the playoffs, but the starters after CC all have their own issues. I’m glad that Cashman didn’t overpay for an upgrade, you gotta wonder why Colorado dealt Ubaldo and given what the Rockies ended up got in the deal I’m glad the Yankees didn’t deal a similar package. That being said, there’s still holes that need to be filled. This team clearly has flaws, but they were unable to address them at the deadline. I still think there’s a chance that Wandy comes over, but I’m a bit apprehensive about the cost in terms of dollars.

    On a positive note, Buchholz looks like he’s done for the year. Makes the division a whole hell of a lot easier.

    Playoff talk: Honestly I’m more worried about Cleveland, I think Masterson and Ubaldo are the types of pitchers that can make things difficult for the Yankees.

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