Fan Confidence Poll: August 8th, 2011


Record Last Week: 5-2 (42 RS, 26 RA)
Season Record:
69-44 (603 RS, 436 RA, 74-39 pythag. record), one back of AL East lead, seven up for wildcard
Opponents This Week:
Mon. OFF, vs. Angels (three games, Tues. to Thurs.), vs. Rays (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. Cris Pengiuci says:

    I voted a 1. The Yankees have proven that they can’t beat the Sox more than once in a series. Mo can’t shut them down anymore and CC can’t get the job done against them. This season is over. The Yankees will be lucky to make the playoffs this seasonand then we’re in for a 10 or 15 year decline where they aren’t even competitve.

    /Kidding’d. I voted an 8. They’ll turn things around once the playoffs come.

  2. Jared says:

    7 – Yesterday sucked, for sure. But overall, the team is still very good and only a game out.

  3. Tom Swift says:

    It was a tough loss. But the rest of the season is about getting healthy and preparing for the playoffs. One loss is just a blip, even when the loss is to Boston.

  4. Pants Lendelton says:

    I’m a 8. I have confidence in the long term stability of this franchise which to me is a 9 but in the short term as in 2011 it’s a 7.

  5. ItsATarp says:

    What are the chances we trade Hughes this offseason? He had one good year in relief then 2 good months as a starter last year…Watching him pitch is really starting to piss me off since he has so much potential yet can’t seem to learn to not throw everything over the plate.

    • ItsATarp says:

      Oh yea i voted an 8. We barely lost the series to the sox. Can’t wait til Arod gets back and Montero gets called up.I’ll vote 10 when that happens.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      They’ll probably trade him when his value is down and he’ll turn into a strong starter somewhere else and everyone will wonder why the Yankees can’t develop starting pitching. Wouldn’t be the first time.

  6. nsalem says:

    View this series as a success. Our pitching came through in two out of the three games in Fenway, Thisi is what we need to show to beat them in the Post Season. Sox are a great team but we are just as great.

  7. Andrew says:

    Top 3 team in baseball, annoying they haven’t been able to play closer to .500 against Boston but so be it. The overall picture for the rest of the season is still very positive. Having 6 healthy starters, as well as a very strong/deep bullpen, are ideal pitching situations to get through the 30 games in 30 days stretch and keep arms fresh for the postseason.

    Then the offense will get a boost from the return of A-Rod and the change being made at DH, which are both big pluses. The schedule in terms of volume of games is rough, but the opponents aren’t overly brutal. So things are looking good despite what will probably be an annoying few days of “can’t beat Boston” hyperbole.

    • CP says:

      The schedule in terms of volume of games is rough, but the opponents aren’t overly brutal.

      I think having six starters will be a huge benefit down the stretch. They only have 3 off days after today (plus a double header against Baltimore), so the only way they’ll be able to rest their starters is by taking advantage of their pitching depth.

    • first time lawng time says:

      It isn’t hyperbole. The Yankees hve won 2 games out of 12 against Boston and have been swept twice at home. The Yankees suck against Boston.

      • Andrew says:

        Yeah it is hyperbole when you connect it to “the Yankees will get their asses kicked in the ALCS if they play Boston!!!” which you so astutely did below. Having a lopsided losing record in the regular season against an opponent, while the team is still in the midst of a season in which they’re playing .610 baseball and are only a game behind in the division standings, does not predict some future doom.

        The Yankees could STILL win the AL East despite their brutal record against the Red Sox, and they could very well beat them in the playoffs, because the regular season head-to-head matchups are not predictive of the results of the entire 162 game schedule, nor are they predictive of who wins in a short series. The Yankees dominated the Indians in 2007 in the regular season and then got bounced in the best of 5 ALDS. That’s just one recent example of the whole “suck in the regular season against a team not equaling sucking in the playoffs”.

        But because it’s Boston and because people like you exist, of course today is the day to panic and assume the Yankees have no shot in 2011. Great work as always.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        You do realize that record against a team in the regular season has nothing to do with what happens in the playoffs, right? The Yankees were 6-0 against Cleveland in 2007 and 5-2 against the Tigers in 2006.

        • first time lawng time says:

          Those are only 6 and 7 games, respictively. The Yankees play Boston 18 times a year. So they are able to go into those series under different conditions, like playing poorly or well. I mean if a team is 2-10 against another team, that generally means that they have trouble beating the latter team. I mean, if they didn’t have trouble beating them, they wouldn’t lose 10 games.

          • nsalem says:

            The Mets beat the Dodgers 10 out of 11 times in 1988 and lost to them in the playoffs.
            These are two evenly matched teams and anything can happen if they do play in October
            (odds are they won’t). If you spend some time and study the past you can learn it for yourself. Saying the Yankee’s suck against the Sox because they lost 8 out of 10 is an argument with no merit.

            • first time lawng time says:

              That last sentmce is incorrect. Saying they suck against Boston because they are 2-10 does have merit (if they didn’t suck against them, they wouldn’t lose 10 games). What you should say is saying they’ll get their asses kicked because of the 2-10 record has no merit.

              • CP says:

                Saying they have sucked against the Red Sox is an accurate statement. Saying they do suck against the Red Sox is questionable (depending on your opinion of the present tense). Saying they will suck in the remaining games against them is inaccurate.

                • MannyGeee says:

                  yeah, I agree. if you open your scope of sample size, the Yankees have a .543 winning % against Boston.. all time (1,128–952–14) in regular season play.

              • nsalem says:

                How come you can’t address the factual evidence that 3 different posters have just given you on why the regular season records often do not correlate with post season outcomes? Instead you are just twisting people’s words around and the return to the childish mantra of the Yankees suck against the Red Sox. Did you eve know that in 2009 we lost the first of 8 or 9 games against them?

          • Andrew says:

            This is such an oversimplified way of looking at the two teams, it’s comical. It’s also not worth arguing over since you are so in awe of the wonders and majesty of the 2011 Boston Red Sox. It appears that none of the other games the Yankees play matter since apparently it’s only Boston vs. New York that counts in the standings and predicts future success in the playoffs, huh? If the Yankees are in the ALCS and playing Boston, the 18 regular season games will not be the reason they win or lose, nor will they be predictors of what will happen in the series on individual player levels.

      • nsalem says:

        History shows that sucking through August has nothing to do with what happens in October.
        Lots of things can happen between now and then.

      • ItsATarp says:

        Remember when we couldn’t beat the Angels in 2009?

    • nsalem says:

      those who really believe that we can’t beat Boston are uninformed. Why bother reading it.

  8. Boo Radley says:

    You can’t be at anything less than a 9. If our biggest problems in the Boston series were CC and Mo we’ll be fine going forward. Guy in the game thread said Mo is washed up and CC isn’t a big game pitcher. What a joke. They’re both having great seasons. We learned in this series that Soriano is back and good. Freddy can pitch against good offenses. And A-Rod will be back soon. 9.

    • Cris Pengiuci says:

      You can’t be at anything less than a 9.

      Well, you can be, but you shouldn’t realistically be too much lower than that.

    • Doug says:

      85% of us think otherwise

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I’ve been at seven pretty much all year, though I’m a tough grader. Hard to feel confident in this rotation long-term.

      • David, Jr. says:

        You are tough, Mike. They should win from 95 to 100 games and be ranked the third favorite by Vegas to win the World Series when it starts. Hate to think what you would rank run of the mill type teams.

        • Jerome S. says:

          Well, think if you’re a Rangers fan you’d probably rate them a 6. Decent team now, but down the road? Or if I’m a Milwaukee fan, we lose Prince after this year and have a shitty farm team. The team now is above average but in the NL central. It’s a five. If I’m a Mets fan? four, three maybe.

      • CP says:

        You don’t have to feel confident in them long term – just for 3 more months.

  9. Bronx Byte says:

    A-Rod’s lineup presence will help. Some walk off wins will fire up the team. Need to take better advantage of scoring oppotunities and adding insurance runs in later innings.

  10. first time lawng time says:

    If the Red Sox and Yankees both make it to the ALCS, the Yankees will get their asses kicked. CC sucks against the Red Sox and isn’t even that great in the post season. The Yankees offense can’t even score off of John freaking Lackey. Rivera sucks on the road. He’s not automatic anymore.

    They are 2-10 against Boston this year, and they can’t even beat them at home. That is downright awful.

    • David, Jr. says:

      This is baloney. CC is a Cy Young contender. Rivera is the best closer in the league. The Yankees have a great offense. They will win approximately 98 games and be a handful for any team in the playoffs.

      • first time lawng time says:

        Actually, Robertson is having a better year than Rivera.

        And CC may be a Cy Young contender, but how would he do against Boston in a potential ALCS? His 0-4 record and ERA of 6 says he’ll suck.

        • David, Jr. says:

          So, what? We have the best closer in the league and the best setup man in the league.

          CC very likely would do great against Boston in an ALCS. He is a great pitcher. That is all that you need to know.

        • ItsATarp says:

          CC’s Career Numbers vs Boston says he won’t.

        • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

          4 bad games don’t mean CC sucks. Small sample size at it’s finest. Also, name a closer better in the playoffs than Mo. Last night’s loss sucked, but the 2009 team had several losses like that if you know what I’m saying…

    • MannyGeee says:

      when did YOU become all ‘sky is falling’?

      • first time lawng time says:

        It’s just that people claim the two teams are so evenly matched, when they’re not. If they were, the series would be 6-6 and the Yankees would be up 3 in the division.

        Boston is clearly the better team.

        It just blows my mind that a team as good as the Yankees cannot beat Boston.

        • Crime Dog says:

          Evenly matched teams don’t always split a season series. Or, better yet, they almost never split a season series

        • MannyGeee says:

          the two teams have near identical records against nearly identical opponants. 2 of the games this weekend were decided by one run. 5 of the 11 games played were decided by 2 runs or less. The teams are within 15 runs scored of eachother this season.

          damn near evenly matched IMO. i think you are over reacting juuuust a touch.

        • Accent Shallow says:

          It’s just that people claim the two teams are so evenly matched, when they’re not. If they were, the series would be 6-6 and the Yankees would be up 3 in the division. Boston is clearly the better team

          It doesn’t work like that.

          The Yankees going 2-10 against the Red Sox sucks, but unless the Yankees have a weakness that only the Sox (and not the rest of the AL) can exploit, I’m going with overall record and pyth record as better indicators of quality than twelve games.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

          If the season series was tied at 6-6, New York wouldn’t have a 3 game lead, they would have a 7 game lead.

        • David, Jr. says:

          The teams are evenly matched. The Yankees will get potentially their best player back shortly, and he could easily lead them to the division title. Boston has a one game lead with 49 games left. Listening to you, one would think it was a ten game lead.

        • ItsATarp says:

          his you flip a coin 10 times and land heads 8 times…does it mean that the next flip you have an 80% chance of landing heads…no.. When the sox play the yanks it’s 50/50, over the course of many seasons it’s been that way essentially. So anything can happen in the play offs.

    • Pants Lendelton says:

      Asses kicked as in swept?

    • CP says:

      CC has had 3 bad starts against the Red Sox. That doesn’t mean he sucks against them.

      And the Yankees have scored 9 runs off of Lackey in 11 innings this year (7.36 ERA). How is that not scoring off him?

  11. Reggie C. says:


    Mo is going to get beat now and then. Sucks it happened in a rubber game in which the Yanks received long ball contributions from two unlikely fellows. I’m glad to see Chavez take at bats from Posada. I want to see Montero up here as bad as the next guy, but I want to see chavez succeed.

    Hughes reminded us why every appearance is a crapshoot. I won’t kill Hughes for giving up the game winner, but hes got a lot to prove before Joe G pencils him in for repeated starts .

    The minors look stronger now with stepped up performances from Banuelos, Montero, and Gary Sanchez. Why is it that Romine has trouble staying healthy?

    • The Big City of Dreams says:

      I’m surprised Hughes is catching heat for last night. Not saying you’re doing that but I’ve been gone to other blogs/boards this morning and he is getting killed.

      • JT says:

        Heh… I knew Hughes was going to cough up that lead when he came in.

        What’s funny is how everyone thought that the first half 2010 Hughes was back based off one appearance against a struggling White Sox team.

        • The Big City of Dreams says:

          I agree ppl did overreact to the White Sox start. He did make progress and had life on his pitches which was great to see but it was too early to deem him back.

  12. David, Jr. says:

    Up to a 9 for me. ARod returning will help them win some of the close ones. Soriano looks great, which makes for a lockdown bullpen. I hope that they have faith in Nova compared to AJ and Hughes, as I believe he can make a huge difference for them.

  13. steve s says:

    Pulling off a 5-2 road trip any other week of the season (or any other team doing it) should be met with much joy and acclaim but with Yanks losing 2 to Bos and CC and Mo not performing as we are accustomed to makes a 5-2 week seem like a week of unmet expectations or missed opportunities at best. That pretty much sums up the beauty and curse of being a Yankee fan. Still voted an 8 as Bos is not going to get any better this year and Yanks still are on track to upgrade alot when Arod comes back and when the Scranton reinforcements start arriving. We’ve taken Boston’s best shot and are still just a game behind with our best ball still to come.

  14. MannyGeee says:

    going with an 8 still. they are who we thought they were; a playoff contending team that hits a TON against good to average pitching or blows enough scoring opportunities to drive you mad.

    The farm is still strong enough to provide some future contributors (on paper), and the rag-tag rotation has been better than most expected.

    Save for any unfathomable turn of events, we are looking at another playoff appearance where this team is built as well as any to make a run.

  15. hugh says:

    I’m an 8 too.

    Survey said “overall future”. Feel really good about what’s apparently in the minors, as either trade bait or to come up, along with what’s already here (though my mind skips quickly over the likely cost of the Jeter/ Rodriguez DH platoon in a couple of years). Have confidence that the ability of the front office, as well as the continued financial muscle to allow any mistakes to be covered over, will lead to some good teams being put out for the next two/three years and thereafter.

    In terms of this year, also really impressed that they’ve made something of a silk purse out of the sow’s ear that was the starting pitching we had at the start of the year. But, notwithstanding all the wise words about the irrelevance of regular season performance to post-season outcomes, I fear the RedSox do remind me a little right now of all the Yankees teams in the ’90s and early ’00s that just always seemed to beat whatever was in front of them when push came to shove. Just a feeling, based on the season so far. But that’s why I’m 8 rather than 9.

  16. Sarah says:

    I went with a 7. Probably mostly due to the leftover gloom from last night’s game. You know it’s not your night when Mo blows a save. And it’s going to happen once in a while, so it’s not the end of the world.

    ARod’s coming back, Montero’s coming up soon, so I think things are going to turn out ok.

  17. Rick in Boston says:

    I’m at my typical 8, especially now that Posada has been removed from the DH position. One of my biggest concerns isn’t even related to the Yanks, it’s how so many commentators believe that the Sox are guaranteed an ALCS spot. If I’m a Yankee fan, I want the Sox to play the Indians – Cleveland’s done well against them this year.

    • MannyGeee says:

      anyone else at least a LITTLE concerned that Posada has been uprooted from DH, but for who?

      Chavez/Jones? meh… better, but not significantly…

      consider this my rally cry for Montero, thanks and good day.

      • Rick in Boston says:

        Not an awesome pairing, but better than Posada/Jones. I figure it’ll look better when A-Rod is in full “Eff You, I’m a Centaur” mode.

  18. LarryM.,Fl. says:

    I remain at 8+. I like the direction that Cashman has the organization going when he did not panic trade on July 31. The team IMHO is still evolving into their playoff roster. I do believe the team will make the playoffs.

    As far as the team evolving, we have had to deal with injuries to the left side of our infield, Arod and Jeter. We have learned about Nunez and the benefits that he brings and his not so great baseball mind. Posada has worked himself out of the lineup as full time DH. The bullpen has developed nicely. The SR has 4/5 decent candidates to start a 7 games series. Our offense when all the players are in the lineup is second to none. Jeter, Swisher, Tex, Gardner have up their offensive game. The team runs well especially with Posada out of the lineup. I think the world of Jorge but its about the team, his contract was one year too long.

    The Yankees and Red Sox series is not a concern to me. Some of the games have been close. We have had to my memory two blown saves. With ARod back and Soriano, Robertson and Mo. I feel pretty comfortable with our team.

    I’m sure Boston doesn’t believe their that much better or if they are better than the Yanks even with the 10-2 record.

    • David, Jr. says:

      This is right on, Larry. A very good summary.

    • MannyGeee says:

      I’m sure Boston doesn’t believe their that much better or if they are better than the Yanks even with the 10-2 record.


      beg to differ. Red Sox Nation is worked up to a complete lather this AM with that series win this weekend.

      • CP says:

        I assume Larry was referring to the team. I don’t really care what the fans or analysts think, and I’m certain that the Red Sox don’t believe they’re far better than the Yankees.

      • LarryM.,Fl. says:

        MannyGeee: I was referring to the teams perpesctive. Fans feeling toward their respective teams is clouded with each win or loss.

  19. Andrew says:

    this would be a ten if they could beat the damn redsox.

  20. Bronx Byte says:

    Boston’s World Series is always when they do well against the Yankees.
    It’s the little brother factor.
    There’s 6 games remaining between the 2 teams.

  21. stuart a says:

    regular season head to head records means zilch.

    is jorge going to make it easy on the yanks or continue to deny the reality that he is toast. he should have a press conference today and retire.(zero chance) that will happen.

    the only thing i dislike about this team is management for many complicated ressons not putting the best team on the field. aj and jorge situations need to be resolved. the 13 pitcher, 6 starter situation is a joke and the 3 man bench situation is ridiculous….

    • Xstar7 says:

      Remember how the Celtics and Bulls dominated the Heat in the regular season and then the Heat came back to beat both of those teams in just 5 games in the playoffs? Good times.

  22. Accent Shallow says:

    I’m a 7. 2012 and 2013 rotation don’t look rosy right now, especially since Hughes has struggled.

  23. Xstar7 says:


    Only being one game back of the Red Sox is nothing to jump off a bridge over. Likewise, if we HAD won yesterday, a one game lead over the Red Sox with roughly a third of the season left to play means nothing. It’s amazing how overblown this series was by the MSM.

  24. JFH says:

    Been a 5 all year. Still a 5 today.

  25. bonestock94 says:

    7. Pitching question marks and despite being the second best offense in the game, they don’t look like sometimes.

  26. Jorge says:

    9, actually considered a 10. One game out of first place. Front office resisted some potentially damaging trade offers, and at least one of our top prospects rewarded the team’s faith by getting off to a great start in AAA. The team’s biggest starting rotation issue is not knowing which starter to sit. Just got off of a very competitive series with their biggest division rival. Heartbreaking game aside last night, there is a lot to love here.

  27. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    9 because they could have easily swept or taken 2/3 from Boston. CC being bad and Mo blowing saves are not something to worry about for the rest of the year. Also we are in prime position to knock the Angles and Rays from the wild card. The real goal is to make the playoffs, anything can happen.

  28. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    all i know is I hate fenway more and more every day..they need to tear down that dump. too many fluky things happen there.

Leave a Reply

You may use <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> in your comment.

If this is your first time commenting on River Ave. Blues, please review the RAB Commenter Guidelines. Login for commenting features. Register for RAB.