Fan Confidence Poll: September 5th, 2011

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Record Last Week: 6-1 (35 RS, 27 RA)
Season Record:
85-53 (754 RS, 549 RA, 90-48 pythag. record), 1.5 games up in AL East, 9.5 up for wildcard
Opponents This Week:
vs. Orioles (three games, Mon. to Weds.), @ Orioles (one game, Thurs), @ Angels (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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  • Yankee Fan 1

    Voted a 9, up from an 8. In words of Kim Jones I guess I’m feeling “frisky” this morning.

  • Steve S.

    The Yankees and Phillies are both outscoring their opponents by at least 1.3 runs per game in 2011. That translates to about 200 more runs scored than allowed over an entire season.

    In the Steroids Era of 1993-2009, this was an easier feat since 1.3 runs was a smaller fraction of the overall elevated levels of run scoring. The last teams to have a differential of at least 1.3 over the course of a season were the 2007 Red Sox, 2001 Mariners, 1999 Diamondbacks, 1998 Yankees, 1998 Astros, 1998 Braves, 1997 Braves, 1995 Indians, and 1993 Braves. Even still, a lot of these teams were powerhouses.

    Run-scoring in 2011 is 4.28 runs per game, which is the lowest since (you guessed it!) 1992, when it was 4.12 runs per game. So which teams before 1993 managed a 1.3 differential for an entire season? Going back, the last several were the 1986 Mets, 1976 Reds, 1976 Phillies, 1975 Reds, 1974 Dodgers, 1971 Orioles, 1970 Orioles, 1969 Orioles, and the 1961 Yankees. Those were all really good teams.

    Let’s see some 9’s peeps.

  • bonestock94

    I’ve decided to move up from a 7 to an 8. I’ve been waiting throughout the season for the other shoe to drop in terms of the rotation, but here they are in September with a top pitching rotation, “too many” starters, and ahead of the team that was supposed to be better or at least a match in every way.

  • Roland Deschain

    I’ve been at a 9 for two months now and it looks like everyone is just catching up to me. Best lineup in baseball, best bullpen in baseball, an ace that can pitch with anybody else’s ace and can go on 3 days rest. Of the 4 probable playoff teams we have the best pitching staff.

    • David, Jr.

      This. I have been 8+ or 9 all along. Now even more of a believer. Great lineup, defense, depth, relief pitching, very good starting pitching. Major contender.

  • Bob Stone

    I am 9 again this week. You have to like how the team is playing. It was great to see that the Yanks (and Sabbathia) can beat the BoSox and score some runs against Beckett.

    And . . Jeter batting .298 – Who would have thought that was possible two months ago?

  • nsalem

    The 1961 Yankees were in a tight pennant race with the Tigers which turned (maybe like this year) on a September 1st showdown that was even more dramatic than the Sept 1, 2011 Sox Yankee game. The Tigers came into NY a game and a half back for the Friday night 9/1 matchup. With a 0-0 score going into the bottom of the 9th Mantle and Maris were the first two batters retired, The Yankees proceeded to win on consecutive singles by Howard, Berra and Skowron.
    This was the start of a 13 game winning streak by the Yankees which coincided with an 8 game losing streak by The Tigers. Our streak is now at 5 and hopefully history is repeating itself 50 years later and we are in the process of leaving the Sox in the dust. Due to our current playoff system though this all means relatively very little. I’m at a 9 for this team.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    I have been an 8+ for about a month. There has been no developments to lessen the score of my confidence. There has been the sense that everyone in the lineup can produce results both offensively and defensively to help us win. The pitching, starting and relieving, pitches well enough to allow the offense to score enough to win. But my real love of this team is the depth that gives Girardi the opportunity to rest the veteran players and Martin. The bullpen has enough depth to give Mariano a day off with Robertson and Soriano waiting to close it out. They look refreshed after the day off and the results are noticeable. This is a bigtime advantage, refreshed players.

    The team lookes great going into the playoffs and with the rested players, it could be the year.

  • Jesse

    I’d love to meet the guy who put 1.

    • Peter Gammons


  • nedro

    Lookin mean, lookin tough. 9, bitches.

  • YanksFan

    My usual 9. This team has pitching(starting & releiving) and Defense to go w/ their usual top 3 Offense. A ton of MLB ready players in AAA and some high-end talent in the lower levels. Current looks great AND the future looks promising. Great combo.

    While they may not win the WS, I can’t see a team in the AL that we can’t match up with. In the NL it’s only Philly but they actually have to score against the NYY staff.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Well I was waiting for Freddy to get done with that for a while, hopefully it’s out of his system. Bart’s been pretty mediocre recently and Hughes has his own set of issues. Pretty concerned about the rotation heading into the playoffs. I was glad to see Montero get the call up and notch two ML HRs under his belt already, this team can do some special things…but I also have a feeling that this team could just as easily get swept out of the first round.