Fan Confidence Poll: April 9th, 2012

The Mitchells dominate in a pair of wins
4/9-4/11 Series Preview: Baltimore Orioles

Record Last Week: 0-3 (12 RS, 18 RA)
Season Record: 0-3 (12 RS, 18 RA, 1-2 pythag. record), 3.0 games back in AL East
Opponents This Week: @ Orioles (three games, Mon. to Weds.), Thurs. OFF, vs. Angels (three games, Fri. to Sun.)

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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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The Mitchells dominate in a pair of wins
4/9-4/11 Series Preview: Baltimore Orioles
  • Nick Swisher


    • LGY


  • Mark Teixeira


    • LGY


  • Alex Rodrigez


    • LGY

      not quite as funny

      • Tyrone Sharpton

        you the only one laughing man

  • Annie Oakley

    I’m still at a 9 and I’m not at a 10 because of Joe. CC will be fine, Mo will be fine. The offense will get a good dose of bad pitching vs the Os. Nova is always solid and that’s all he needs to be against Brian Matusz tonight.

    The only thing I’m not confident about is Joe. Just stay out of the way. Don’t IBB bad hitters in the 1st inning to set up lefty lefty match ups. He over thinks these things when he should just sit back and let his ace get out of the jam by himself. Would Leyland demand that Verlander intentionally walk a man in the 1st inning? Not a chance.

    • Ro

      Yeah, Joe botched that move on Thursday, but outside of that, Joe did everything else right. I have little criticism of Joe as a manager. This could easily be 2-1 in favor of the Yanks if Mo didn’t blow the save (it happens) and if just a handful (like 2) balls fell in. The Yanks did hit this weekend. The pitching while not great, wasn’t Boston terrible. Frankly, the Yanks just caught a few unlucky breaks, however both disputed homers from Pena went their way. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to criticize other than Nunez’s boot of of an error and Ibanez’s mis-play. It’s the stupid Rays and that stupid park. Sometimes you’re just done with something and I am hoping now that the Yanks are getting above ground and playing in a real park, they will get the wheels moving.

      • Doug

        If you beat Mo, then you deserve to win.

        • Pete

          …and they usually go hand in hand.

      • Mike

        “Joe did everything else right”

        How about letting Rapada face Longoria in game two? Or benching guys three days into the season? We all know that Ibanez is terribad, there was no reason for him to be manning RF in game three. Same thing with Nunez at SS. I am highly suspect of giving Jeter a day off in the field three days into the season. Girardi needs to get his head out of his rear and stop overmanaging.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’m going to preemptively uppend the haters and go up from an 8 to a 9. A three game series against an excellent team does not make for anything, as has been shown time and time again, and I will assume CC and Kuroda won’t pitch like that for long.

    What makes me feel better this week is that I, myself, continue to gain confidence in our AAA pitching and what I think will be its ability to, if called upon, hold down the fort in either the rotation or bullpen if the situation calls for. I liked what I saw out of Phelps in his MSS (that would be Miniscule Sample Size), and I feel very good about both Betances’ and Mitchell’s first starts. Banuelos will come around.

    Everything else seems par for the course with this franchise these past few year.

    The last time they went 0-3 was……1998. That was a long time ago. I could only assume that staff was led by Lee Guetterman and Chuck Cary. Oh, wait….

    • jjyank

      Agreed. I voted an 8, but that is semantics really. One series against a great team will not change my opinion. The Yankees are still a great team, but they’re just getting their inevitable slump out of the way early. Remember 2009 we lost like the first 8 or 9 games against the Red Sox (comparable because, like the Rays, they were/are a great team and a division rival). Then the Yanks won the next 9 or 10 games against them, won the division, and won the world series.

      Color me unconcerned. Brian Matusz should be a nice remedy tonight.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Then again, they’re expecting from Matusz what we’re expecting from Hughes. At some point, both those guys are going to show some of that. I wouldn’t completely write Matusz off.

        That being said, destroy the MF’er.

        • jjyank

          Fair enough. Still, its the O’s. We think the Yanks are bad at developing pitchers? Be glad we’re not O’s fans.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    No team that has started a season 0 – 4 has made it to the World Series…. so let’s go Nova!

  • Cris Pengiucci

    Still at a 9. Definitely don’t understand some of the moves this weekend from a managerial standpoint, but slightly better pitching, and this could have easily been a 2-1 weekend instead of a 0-3. While it sucks to come out of TB without a win, it’s a long season. All this means is that the best the team can do is go 159-3 this season. While that won’t happen, I’d be extremely surprised if the team doesn’t win mid 90’s or more games when all is said and done.

    CC will be CC, Mo will be Mo, I’m pretty sure Kuroda will adjust and while Hughes wasn’t efficient with his pitches, I much prefer to see what he showed yesterday than what we saw last year. Bring on the O’s!

  • Cross

    I remain at 7. Age (injuries), Arrogance (hitting into the shift!!!) and a push button manager who cannot seem to make a move without checking his binders.

    • Benjamin Kabak

      Arrogance caused them to hit into the shift? WTF are you talking about?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I will hit into the shift AND YOU WILL LIKE IT, TAMPA BAY!

  • dean

    Undecided on the team……but on Raul’s defense Im at least a -6.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Chasing balls more sloppily than Lindsay Lohan. *snare*

  • Riddering


    The Yankees are just hustling the AL East.

    • jjyank

      I like this thought.

      The Yankees are just being that guy at the bar, losing a few games of pool only to bet a few hundred bucks a game and start owning everyone for the rest of the night.

      They’re just setting the Rays up for a September sweep to wrestle the AL East crown away!

      • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

        Shhhh. My elbow is actually fine. Don’t tell no one.

  • Monterowasdinero

    I’ll go with 8. 9 without Joe’s frustrating in game decisions (which won’t change), Chris Stewart and Raul Ibanez.

    Going tonight-will be a tough drive home if we lose.

  • Manny’s BanWagon


    The offense concerns me and there’s nothing in the pipeline close to major league ready to give it a boost.

    Also Girardi needs to burn Ibanez glove and may have to rethink his plan to give Nunez extended playing time and SS and 3B if he continues to be a butcher in the field.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Just out of curiosity, how is this offense any different than last years, which was the #2 offense in MLB?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Add to that the fact that the offense put on a pretty good performance against the top two starters on one of the best staffs in baseball.

        The frustration is going to bleed all over the place, though. I get it. As long as its not the eternal gloom and doom which usually takes place in game threads.

      • TomH

        Jeter, Rodriguez, and Teixeira are older.

    • jjyank

      I’m not concerned about the offense (at least for this year), but I wholeheartedly agree about burning Ibanez’s glove. For a team that seems to value defense (Chris Stewart), they seem a little too willing to let Ibanez out there. I totally get the desire to have a DH who can go out there as an emergency 5th outfielder, that’s fine. But yesterday did not count as an emergency 5th outfielder situation.

      Unfortunately Nunez is a necessary evil, however. With A-Rod and Jeter getting old and turf fields in Tampa and Toronto, the Yanks can’t run them out there every game. If they can find someone who hits better than Ramiro Pena and fields better than Nunez (a happy medium between the two) on the cheap, go for it. But I think we’re stuck with Nunez, and I don’t blame Girardi for that.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Yeah. Just because you COULD give Raul Ibanez occasional playing time out there, it doesn’t mean you should.

        Nunez needs to show a quicker turnaround on his defense this year. The role he has on this team requires someone who is not costing his team runs with defense, no matter how decent his bat may be. I’m not saying a no-hit guy like Ramiro Pena is the answer for a position that will need to spell Derek and Alex a couple of games a week but, at some point, if he doesn’t get better on the field, he’s not the guy either.

      • JohnnyC

        Ibanez can play rightfield in Yankee Stadium. Playing him in rightfield on the road is just asking for trouble. Playing Andruw in right means Ibanez in left and Gardner on the bench. The pieces don’t fit.

        • jjyank

          True. Now that I think about it, I think we have Swisher’s spring training groin injury to blame. Two games on a turf field in a row, Girardi probably wanted to take it easy with Swish. Hopefully this is less of an issue going forward.

  • BK2ATL

    I dropped down from 9 to 8. I forgot how displeased I was with some of Girardi’s managing. It rears its head in the 1st series of the season. Tampa Bay continues to befuddle Girardi. This is a case where MANAGING got beat. Maddon once again outmanaged Girardi.

    Why not tell your hitters, “Look, they are overloading to one side, why not wait for an outside pitch and punch it away from the shift?” You would think that between Girardi, Kevin, and all of the hitters, they would make Tampa Bay pay for that shift. Survey the defense and take advantage of what’s available. But no….Tex, for example, is still trying to pull every ball, etc.

    In football, you rarely intentionally throw into double coverage, and you don’t into triple coverage. In basketball, you don’t drive on a packed in zone. Coaching communicates the adjustments to be made. It’s not rocket science. Why do professional Yankees’ hitters continue to try to hit directly into a shift?????

    • JohnnyC

      The secret to the shift’s success is that it’s entirely dependent on the batter’s swing mechanics not on the location of the pitch (although throwing fastballs rather than offspeed is preferable and why Maddon wants his pitchers to throw a preponderance of fastballs). We excoriate Tex because he won’t go oppo even on pitches on the outer half. It’s not stubborness. His swing from the left side is an uppercut grooved to extreme pull the ball. The best way to defeat the shift is to hit the ball out. Which means being patient enough for a mistake that’s high enough and gets too much of the plate. It’s tough to do that if, like Hellickson, the pitcher is changing speeds and locating well.

      • BK2ATL

        I understand that, but prior to NY, Tex was driving the ball to all fields. I thought part of his offseason and spring training emphasis was supposed to be on going the other way when the opportunities presented themselves. He even joked (I hope) about bunting against the shift. Didn’t see much of an attempt by him or others to even address the defense being played against them. They went up there hacking again, and trying to pull balls. They were repeatedly hitting directly into the shift.

        I could understand if this were a one-off thing, but Tampa has been doing this for almost 2 years running now. Daring you to beat them, yet you don’t even acknowledge what they’re doing is successful against your approach, nor even attempt to make adjustments at the plate (ex. step back in the box a bit).

        • JohnnyC

          With all that said, if CC, Kuroda and Mo had pitched well the Yankees take 2 of 3 and nobody’s kvetching. Don’t make this shift out to be more than it is…a gimmick to bolster the Rays’ defense more than anything else. As for Tex, you won’t be comforted by his post-game remarks yesterday: “That’s why I like hitting home runs, because they can’t catch it when you hit home runs. You can score a lot of runs that way. But if you’re not hitting home runs, you’re at the mercy of the balls falling it.

    • Kosmo

      I´m not a big fan of Girardi´s micro managing style, but NY had a lead in the 9th inning of the 1st game and surprisingly Rivera blew the save O. Can´t blame Girardi for that. The next 2 games NY kinda sucked.
      Hellickson had one of the worst ST, comes out and throws a shutout.
      I tip my hat to him the guy throws 89-91 mph with good offspeed stuff and decent location, which once again goes to show you don´t need great velocity to succeed in MLB or the AL East.

      • BK2ATL

        I’m not taking anything away from Tampa. They earned those 3 victories. I’m saying that Girardi continues to get out-managed by Maddon.

        It doesn’t matter what players are out there. Their pitchers pitch to wherever the defense is called. Both infield and outfield. On offense, they utilize ALL offensive options, no matter who’s batting wherever in the lineup, other than Longoria.

        And the last thing, with Maddon, there is no fucking binder. It’s managerial knowlegde and confidence.

        • JohnnyC

          You’re serious? Where do you think the shifts come from? The Rays chart every pitch in every game…quadrant location of the pitch, type of pitch, speed of pitch, angle of contact with the bat, placement of the batted ball (probably phase of the moon as well).

          • thenamestsam


          • BK2ATL

            And the Yankees don’t chart??? What do you think is in that 1,000 page black binder???

            The difference is that one manager studies it, and sets strategy BEFORE and DURING the game accordingly, the other one embarassingly pulls it out on nationally-televised games to make his decisions. It might just be semantics, but what Tampa does with their advanced scouting and what Girardi does with his binder….not so equal in results.

            There are no A-Rods, Canos (maybe Longoria), Tex, and Grandersons in their daily lineup to cover up for a lot of other things with one swing.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I look forward to you sharing those thousands of hours of video footage you’ve, yourself, compiled as to what the managers do before games.

              Why do people think hyperbole of this sort is going to help them get their point across better? I knew what direction this was headed at “1,000 page black binder.”

              • BK2ATL

                You really sound like another poster here, whose name I won’t write here, as it might be lumped in with yours. LOL!!!

                It doesn’t take a genius to see that Maddon has repeatedly employed an exaggerated shift against certain Yankees hitters and been successful going on 2 years. One with common sense could interpret that advanced scouting has led him in that direction.

                It also doesn’t take a genius to see that, even with one player assigned to cover much of at least 90 feet of baseball diamond space by himself, certain players continue to hit in the direction of the other 3 infielders. One with common sense could see there is a fundamental failure to adjust to what’s going on, in these circumstances. Make ’em pay.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  But that’s less hyperbole than the whole 1,000 page binder rant. We can work with this.

                  I have no clue why players hit right into the shift sometimes, but I do know there were people on here yelling at Mark Teixiera’s suggestion at laying down a bunt to beat it. Damned if you do….

                  • BK2ATL

                    The idea of $22.5M/yr Texiera bunting is idiotic in and of itself. However, the idea of him not adjusting to dedicated shifts against him is just as insane.

            • Havok9120

              You said Maddon and the Rays DON’T chart. He isn’t saying that the Yanks don’t and the Rays do, he’s saying EVERYONE charts. And he’s perfectly correct on that.

              • BK2ATL

                Where did I say “the Rays DON’T chart?”

                I just said there’s no huge black binder. Meaning sitting in the dugout next to the manager and being used on national TV in what should be instinctive situations.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          If Tampa would have lost those games, do you realize how many quirky little blunders Tampa fans would have had to complain about Madden with? Squeeze bunts with two strikes and the bastion of bunting, Jose Molina, up?

          You’re a genius when you win. You’re an idiot when you lose. Every manager should have that on their gravestone.

  • Binder Madness

    I’d be at 9 if Jim Leyland was managing. As is, it’s a 7.

    • JohnnyC

      Yes, because Leyland has won so many rings I can’t even count them on the fingers of both hands.

    • jjyank

      I’d be willing to bet that if Leyland was our manager, we’d still overanalyze every decision and be ready to run him outta town the first time he makes a “wrong” decision.

      • BK2ATL

        I’d say there’d be fewer of the questionable decisions to second-guess.

        • JohnnyC

          They didn’t think that in Pittsburgh and Colorado.

          • BK2ATL

            Since when did Pittsburgh or Colorado have the talent that the 2012 Yankees have???

            Didn’t he win Manager of the Year 2x in Pittsburgh? He LEFT when the management gutted the team. Check it out.

            In his 1st year as manager of the Florida Marlins, he led them to their 1st World Series, then Wayne Huizanga (sp?) infamously gutted the team.

            Colorado as a 1 yr thing, and he walked away, was not fired. Horrible front office moves.

            Detroit? His teams have beaten us enough times in the postseason, for anyone to consider it a fluke.

            Choose someone else to make the 2nd-guess point with. If we had Leyland managing this team, we’d have more than 1 World Series title in the past several years. His teams don’t get out-managed nor out-strategized.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I remember ’97 well and was living down there at the time. My biggest Yankee regret is that the Yankee dynasty happened at a time where my fandom was more divided between those two teams than it ever was after that. There were facepalm moments then with Leyland, as there would be with any other manager.

              There is no manager on the face of the earth that will tilt the odds involved in winning a World Series that much in anyone’s favor.

              • BK2ATL

                Every manager has facepalm moments. I’m sure even Casey Stengel had his share. I wouldn’t know.

                I’m not doubting that Leyland had his fair share as well. I’m just saying, in a nutshell, that there probably are or would be fewer than Girardi.

                3 that irked me off the bat, aside from previous lack-of-shift-handling.

                – Ibanez in RF in the 3rd game of the season?
                – Nunez in SS in the 2nd game of the season?
                – Rapada pitching to Longoria…

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  First one irked me. Second didn’t surprise me. Third has to happen. He’s on the team for that reason. Sink or swim.

                  The IBB to Sean Rodriguez irked me more than all of these combined. It happens.

                  • BK2ATL

                    Oh yeah, that one too. I forgot about the IBB to Sean “Babe” Rodriguez.

                    Jeter didn’t need a break in the 2nd game of the season. He’s still a better fielder than Nunez.

                    Explain to me again why Rapada pitching to Longoria “has to happen.” Rapada is supposedly on the team to primarily pitch to LHB. His splits against RHB were horrendous, and you let him pitch to Tampa’s most potent bat??? That’s what the likes of Wade and Soriano are there for, even Robertson.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Which would be replaced by something else to complian about by whoever the non-Girardi’s part is.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        I’d be willing to bet that if Leyland no matter who was our manager, we’d still overanalyze every decision and be ready to run him outta town the first time he makes a “wrong” decision.


        • jjyank

          That was my point. Managers themselves do not add much in terms of wins. In a small sample it may appear that way, but it all evens out over the course of a season.

  • Mike HC

    I’m down from a 9 to an 8 (Rays looked great). Which means the team is probably about to go an a 9 game winning streak.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    I’d be a 11 if Cito Gaston Frank Robinson or Dimitri Young were coaching. Let’s face it managers mean everything in today’s game and Girardi just dragged his teams in 2009 and in 2006 (when he somehow got manager of the year). The Yankees are struggling because of him, plain and simple

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Well, what about Rickey Henderson? Are you really going to diss him like that?

  • 42isNotMortal

    7. Will return to 8 if I see Pineda progressing throughout the month without setback or lingering soreness. Liked how A-Rod was running the line and fielding to his glove side though.

  • steve s

    Alot of optimists have posted so far which is good. Getting swept the first series of the year on the road to a good squad is not going to deflate or have a lasting meaningful effect on a relatively healthy talented veteran team. I go back to the 77 Yanks as my personal favorite example of a good veteran team that started out as prohibitive favorites and stunk it up to a 2-8 record out of the gate. This led Billy Martin to toss the names in a hat to create a lineup and the Yanks took off from there (and by the way, George was in his prime then and didn’t fire Billy/freak out notwithstanding prevailing selective memories as to how George may have reacted to a bad start).

    • Robinson Tilapia

      This type of common sense and actual reference to past precedent needs to stop.

      • Havok9120

        You’re right. Don’t worry, I have a plan.

        Mike, I’m egregiously offended by steve s’ post. How can you allow such things to be posted on your site? I demand that the moderators do something and delete the offending post before its sentiments spread to your other posters.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I demand you hire Jimmy McNulty and Teddy to write a weekend column.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    All is not gloom and doom after 3 games obviously but there’s no doubt there are some really good teams in the AL this year with Tampa, Detroit, Texas and LA all of whom improved from last year and can stand toe to toe with the Yankees.

    Even if the Yankees start hitting and pitching the way we all expect, this year is going to be a dogfight.

    One consolation is I hope things fester in Boston long enough for everyone to turn on that SOB Valentine.

  • Guest

    I bumped it up from an 8 to a 9.

    An opening series sweep in Tampa means absolutely nothing to me.
    Joe made some frustrating decisions, yes, but Maddon made some egregious ones as well. Suicide squeeze with two strikes and less than two outs? Clean up hitter sacrificing with runners in scoring position? Look, Maddon’s shifting was brilliant and he has done a great job with the Rays. But seeing his facepalm inducing decisions reminded me that there are 30 managers in baseball and 30 managers whose decisions will frustrate their team’s core fan base to no end…

    A-Rod looks great. Swish looks great. Hughes used his change successfully. These are big questions answered in the affirmative.

    More importantly, the MiLB pitching (with the exception of Manny’s shocker) looked outstanding. Campos is a LEGIT big-time prospect. Yeah, he’s far away. He may flame out and never make it above A ball. But he may also end up the best player from the Pineda Montero deal. That’s exciting.

    Bryan Mitchell looked great, Dellin was dealing, and DJ Mitchell has cemented his status as either a potential contributor or solid trade trip.

    Add in Bichette, Williams, and Sanchez getting off to solid starts, and I think its safe to say the org’s overall arrow is pointing up (for now).

    • Robinson Tilapia


    • flamingo

      This comment is A+

  • CJ

    Clay Rapada vs righties

    • Robinson Tilapia

      More like “Clay Rapada versus the waiver wire.”

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    I’m at a 9. Been there since the Pineda trade and the first series of the year isn’t going to change that. The only thing that would have changed it is the Pineda MRI, had it shown any serious issue. Yeah, a couple of questionable calls by Girardi (IBB and playing Raul in RF) but as has been said…All managers strategy decisions are infuriating and you’re a genius when it works and an idiot when it fails. The Manager situation was a nightmare when it was The Story due to the very instability of the role on the Yanks. You have to go back to the Hellish years of GMS III to when the manager role was a revolving door. If this was the ’80’s, Girardi’s mug would be on the back cover of the Post inside a Bullseye. Writers would be saying Lou Piniella was brought back to the broadcast booth to be available for the inevitable Girardi firing and manager change. I’ll take today’s problems over those any day.

  • MannyGeee

    staying at an 8. always been an 8. once we shake out the cobwebs (and burn Ibanez’ glove) things will turn around.

    a nice run against B-more, and this will all be forgotten…

    until we lose 4 games in a row in Fenway. and then the shitstorm will commence

  • G

    Was leaning towards 8, but a 9 because Phil threw 15 change-ups to pretty damn good results.