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Fan Confidence Poll: May 21st, 2012

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Record Last Week: 2-5 (23 RS, 33 RA)
Season Record: 21-20 (189 RS, 182 RA, 21-20 pythag. record), 5.5 games back in AL East
Opponents This Week: vs. Royals (three games, Mon. to Weds.), Thurs. OFF, @ Athletics (three games, Thurs. 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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  • Delaware – Ralph

    This should be an uplifting thread… Remember it’s a looong season and although they are not playing well we still are not far behind. (Get healthy Gardy – offense wake up!)

    • jsbrendog

      i agree with you 100%. sadly, methinks this will end up being eddard stark like….

    • Ted Nelson

      Excellent point.

  • Lord Tywin

    1. And that’s only because we’re not in last place yet. There is no situational hitting. We gave a lead to our ace and he blew it. Nova has regressed. Kuroda is an NL West pitcher. The offense is nowhere to be found. Raul Ibanez has been a savior. We’d be 5 games under .500 if it weren’t for him.

    • Delaware – Ralph

      right… we look like the Cleveland Indians from the movie Major League /sarcasm

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      1. And that’s only because we’re not in last place yet.

      Makes zero sense.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      *Hands Lord Tynin noose*

    • Cross777

      Saying Nova has regressed is foolish. The guy has started 42 major league games and is just 25 years old. He is still learning.

      The guys to worry about are Tex, Martin and A-roid!

      • Jimmy McNulty

        He has regressed a bit…not to say that he can’t improve but he’s definitely regressed.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          There’s also a difference between regression and just poor performance. Did his skills regress? I don’t think so given the huge uptick in strikeouts. I think it’s more likely that he’s just struggling to locate and will improve, but it’s certainly possible he won’t.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            I was referring more to mean reversion…statistical reversion, things of that nature.

  • http://musicaldaddy.blogspot.com Chuck M

    Dropped to a “5″ from “6″ last week. Worried about A-Rod’s lack of power, Teix’s health (as a lifelong asthmatic, these lung issues can take literal months to heal and are crippling), and the pitching staff as a whole.

  • josh_todd

    My Yankee confidence is in the guter. The last series we won was against the last place Mariners. If the Yankees dont sweep the Royals this week there is no hope. Of course old level of thinking is to trade or sign the highest paid players around. Look at the Orioles, look at the Rays
    look at the Cardinals they are all winning with small budgets. Of the 25 man roster only 8 are true home grown Yankees:
    Nova, Hughes, Robertson, Phelps, Pettitte, Rivera, Jeter, Cano.

    Change it up dammit, play small ball. Bunt with 2 out, steal whatever just don’t go up there trying to hit a 3 run home run every AB.

    This team has no speed, no decent starting pitching that can give them length. We cant beat sub .500 teams. Everyone is waiting for the Orioles to start losing, well news flash folks the Orioles won’t start losing they will actually be one of the wildcard teams this year.

    Season is lost folks. This team is pathetic due to all the injuries just like the 2010 Red Sox team that lost due to all the injuries they had not due to lack of talent.

    And ARod? Please he’s done. Don’t expect him to give you 30 home runs a year how about maybe 15

    • Delaware – Ralph

      Not everything you say is crazy (just most) but the O’s come on. Not saying they will definitely fade but look at recent history! They have a decent start almost annually.

      http://www.grantland.com/story.....re-orioles

      • jsbrendog

        the orioles have a quick start annually with really shitty teams. are they overachieving? yeah, def, but they’re also not as bad as everyone makes them out to be either.

        • Delaware – Ralph

          agreed. but anointing them a WC in May?? Josh went a tad overboard.

          • jsbrendog

            i didn’t read what he wrote (with how it ihas been recently around here i tend to skip posts more than 2 paragraphs) and was jsut responding to the orioles discussion. but yeah, that is nuts haha

    • http://www.twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      “Change it up dammit, play small ball. Bunt with 2 out, steal whatever just don’t go up there trying to hit a 3 run home run every AB.

      This team has no speed…”

      Gotta be satire.

      • http://yankeeanalysts.com Matt Imbrogno

        It’s just too perfect not to be.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Imagine what he would say if they actually started doing that. Wasn’t there, in fact, a comment criticizing Alex for getting the runner over on a groundout in the LAST thread?

      • jsbrendog

        obviously they have no speed, they made greenies illegal

        ba dum pum TISHHHH

        i’ll be here all week, tip your servers. DO NOT try the veal

        ::hooks self off stage::

        • Robinson Tilapia

          That was veal?

    • Pat D

      My favorite part of this post is your statement that the Orioles, Rays and Cardinals are all winning with small budgets, and then somehow correlate that to the lack of “true home grown” players on the Yankees roster.

      Orioles: Chris Davis, Robert Andino, JJ Hardy, Adam Jones, Wilson Betemit, Nick Johnson, Mark Reynolds, Endy Chavez, Ryan Flaherty, Tommy Hunter, Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Pedro Strop, Luis Ayala, Darren O’Day, Tory Patton, Matt Lindstrom, Kevin Gregg, Dana Eveland — all not home grown.

      Rays: Jose Molina, Carlos Pena, Will Rhymes, Sean Rodriguez, Matt Joyce, Ben Zobrist, Luke Scott, Jeff Keppinger, Chris Gimenez, Fernando Rodney, Burke Badenhop, Joel Peralta, JP Howell — all not home grown.

      Cardinals — Rafael Furcal, David Freese, Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman, Kyle Lohse, Jake Westbrook, Adam Wainwright, Victor Marte, Marc Rzepczynski — all not home grown.

      The Yankees’ problems have nothing to due with a lack of “true home grown” players.

    • Randi

      I’m not that bearish, but there are definitely holes in this team that need to be plugged. Girardi’s going to have to make some decisions with that lineup, including moving A-Rod down. I don’t think the season is lost because IT IS still early, but if this continues in the middle of June, then I think we’re toast.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      “If the Yankees dont sweep the Royals this week there is no hope.”

      yikes.

  • Rafael

    You just gotta tip your cap.

    • Randi

      I’ll actually give the “tip your cap” excuse to Cuerto ’cause he has been one of the best pitchers in the league. But other than that…..

    • Havok9120

      This needs to die in a fire.

      The last time anyone on the team said this was weeks ago, and even that was ARod saying that that was a terrible, terrible excuse.

  • josh_todd

    GROW YOUR PTICHING, I dont want to hear a peep about trading for Hamels the dude is a freakin NL pitcher who just won’t stack up in the AL East.

    Lets face it Kuroda was a waste of a signing and we should have re-signed Colon instead of Garcia. Hughes is a bullpen pitcher. Trade Joba he’s a fat slob of a pitcher completely useless

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Colon sucks.

      • Delaware – Ralph

        Facts won’t help Mike. josh_todd is now 0-2.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          It’s funny, Colon had three or four nice starts to open the season, but they were all against the Mariners. His velocity is way down again and he looks exactly like he did in the second half.

          Is he better than Freddy? Probably. That’s not enough of a reason to say they should have re-signed him, the upgrade is insignificant.

          • Delaware – Ralph

            I was certainly intrigued after the quick start. Thought maybe since he didn’t play winter ball this off-season but played before he signed with the Yanks maybe he would have more gas in the tank. I’m just happy we had him last year – he was very fun to watch for a period of time.

      • Slugger27

        not as good as he was last year no. but all he has to be is better than the yankees 5th best starter. nearly impossible to make an argument that he isnt.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          He leads the league in hits allowed while playing in a pitcher’s park and facing exactly two winning teams in ten starts. Opponents are hitting .312/.340/.538 off him away from Oakland.

          Who are you taking out of the rotation for him, Nova? Kuroda? Not bloody likely.

          • Slugger27

            how incredibly ironic for an author of this blog to cite hits allowed in 60 inning sample as a reason he hasn’t pitched well. still trying to wrap my head around that.

            even if i dont ignore a worthless statistic like that, his 10 hits/9 ip isn’t even that bad. when you factor in his low walk rate, his whip is actually pretty respectable. nothing about his rate stats seem off. roughly a 4.00 e/f/x line, same GB rate, even lower BABIP than last year. His Ks are lower and so are his walks. using almost any metric there is, hes pitched better than nova, hughes, or kuroda.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

              Colon has outpitched those three, but he’s been essentially average while ranking 422nd out of 471 pitchers in quality of competition. The lowest Yankee starter (other than Pettitte, SSS) is Hughes at 299. If Bartolo was pitching for the Yankees, he’d have performed much, much worse than he has been with Oakland.

              http://www.baseballprospectus......id=1091245

            • Havok9120

              He’s pitched marginally better against worse teams in better parks.

              What’s your point?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Ptiching: A plant mostly found in the moist, Mediterrean region. My question is, how many times a day should I water it to grow it?

      LoHud ————–> That way.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        As an interesting sidenote, there are many who believe the collapse in the ptiching market, and commensurate failure of ptiching exports, is what led to the Greek economic collapse.

        I think its a causation/correlation failure, but interesting nonetheless.

    • Randi

      Colon??? If the Yanks are to sign a pitcher, my wish is for said player to be under the age of 30.

  • Kevin Winters

    Short term they will probably be ok but I’m starting to get concerned about the team moving forward. The 189 budget, Arod declining more, Tex continuing his downward trend, potentially seeing Grandy, and Swisher walk, bats still 3 yrs away, etc

    • Nick

      Fair comment indeed.

    • Pat D

      I think you have to expect to have a few years down the road where they’re only an average team. What they need to do is figure out how to stay ahead of that, and that’s where I think they’re failing right now. This $189 million payroll nonsense is going to be what kills them, I think, because we know they’re stuck with ARod and Teix and CC, but it’s going to force them to let go other guys who would likely contribute more in the years ahead.

      So if they don’t develop some players to replace them, get lucky with some cheap veterans, or swing a few successful trades, we’ll probably have a few lean years.

      • Kevin Winters

        Yea that’s what has me worried and maybe it’s thinking the worst because they are in a rough stretch and the offense has been bad. But tt would suck to see Cano’s prime yrs dwindle away as the organization walks through the lean seasons.

      • Ted Nelson

        Under what scenario wouldn’t they have to make good personnel decisions to replenish the roster? They’ve always had to do that, and always will have to do that.

        What big-time offensive FAs are coming to market before 2015 that they won’t sign as a result of the $189 million budget?

        The “payroll nonsense” is also imposed by the league, not a decision that the Yankees pulled out of LF.

        • Pat D

          And yet they’ve always done what they wanted since the luxury tax has been in place, but now, for whatever reason, they’ve decided they have to get down to that level.

          • Ted Nelson

            They’ve always had a budget, just a really high one.

            This isn’t the luxury tax. It’s a double whammy on top of the luxury tax (higher tax going forward and immediate financial penalty) that will have ramifications for years to come.
            (It’s also possible that it was made clear during winter meetings that this was an attempt to avoid a hard cap… but if this didn’t work a hard cap would be next.)

            • Pat D

              That is Selig’s ultimate hope, so I can agree with this.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        The $189 isn’t going to be a big a deal as most people think.

        They need to get under the threshold for just ONE year, so the luxury tax rate resets again. It’s being compounded every consecutive year that they’re over. Once they clear the cache, it’s very possible they blow it out of the water the very next year.

        • Havok9120

          Its two actually, at least for the revenue sharing money (which is what they’re mostly after supposed). They have to be under for 2014 and ’15.

    • Ted Nelson

      A-Rod hasn’t declined. His offensive production is right in line with the last two years. Power and OBP fluctuate from season to season… especially since we’re a fraction of the way through this season.

      Tex didn’t decline from 2010-11… This isn’t a steady decline. I don’t think he’ll earn his contract, but I also don’t think he’s done by any means.

      Granderson and Swisher (and Cano and Martin) walking all depends who they are replaced with. Guys walked to make way for those guys as well.

      • Kevin Winters

        Tex isn’t done I never said that but he is on a downward trend.

        “A-Rod hasn’t declined.”

        Yes he has c’mon now Ted.

        • Ted Nelson

          Certainly he’s declined from his prime. I don’t think that he’s declined from 2010-11, though. Had a rough week, but before that he was still above .360 wOBA.

          • Havok9120

            I can agree with this.

            He’s not who he was 6 years ago….but he wasn’t that guy 2 years ago either. The power outage may be a bit worse, and probably is, but I’m not ready to pronounce that as permanent yet. The guy has had a lot of balls die on the track the last week or two.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    All you can do it hope things will get better.

    There’s really not any one player to trade for or hole to fill that’s can be done reasonably who’ll make a big difference. There’s also no one on the farm ready to make a big difference either so pretty much all that can be done is to stay the course and hope for the best.

    It’s too early to make any definitive statements but it seems everything that could go wrong this year is going wrong.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      And yet I was told this slump meant they wouldn’t contend for years this weekend.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        We’re the most spoiled fans in all of sports so anything less than kicking the shit out of every team we play brings out the ledge jumpers.

        • jsbrendog

          +everything in my wallet to this and your above comment.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          This comment needs to be featured somewhere prominently on this blog. Perhaps there needs to be a comment of the week/month/season feature, or maybe this can just be blocked off to the side below prospect watch or something.

        • steve s

          I don’t buy into the Yankee fans are the most spoiled crap. High expectations, yes. Low tolerance for bad baseball, yes. Smart about baseball and a proud history, yes. But also Yankee fans have to put up with the most expensive tickets and amenities in baseball and hatred/poor treatment by most of the media and almost all non-Yankee baseball fans. Lupica, Mushnick and Raissman “spoil” Yankee fans in every column they write. Don’t confuse being spoiled with appropriate disappointment in some poor management decisions, bad-luck and some less than stellar on-field performance.

          • Havok9120

            This has gone way beyond “disappointment in some poor management decisions, bad-luck and some less than stellar on-field performance.” Even on those things alone, it isn’t “disappointment,” its RAGE. Page long rants filled with nothing but vitriol and unreasoning silliness appear in more threads than they don’t. Its gotten to the point where anything less than a blowout win isn’t good enough for quite a few regulars here. They apparently not just expect but demand that the team take the division from wire to wire, and anything less is apparently “unacceptable” and makes this team “terrible,” and “sure to miss the playoffs.”

            That’s the definition of a spoiled baseball fan.

            • steve s

              Look, Yankee haters love nothing more than to wail on Yankee fans as being arrogant, spoiled (fill-in your own perjorative language), etc. I don’t like feeding that particular pathology and having some of the “cream of the crop” of Yankee fans who post on RAB joining in that chorus rubs me the wrong way. There certainly is a wide spectrum of posts on RAB from the cock-eyed optimist to the seriously deranged to the trolls who get through every now and then but to generally label Yankee fans as spoiled is a statement that really feeds and energizes the true trolls out there.

    • Ted Nelson

      Agree. Would point out that Mustlier might be able to make a difference soon.

  • Ethan

    I a play that goes against the Yankees that is even remotely close I think Girardi should come out, argue with the ump, get tossed. It just might light some fire under the team, we’ve seen it happen before with this team and lots of other managers have used it as a tactic to get their teams going with some success.

    • Ethan

      In*

    • jsbrendog

      i’d def like to see joe display more emotion and get tossed every once in awhile, maybe put on a show. just not too much, cause it grows old fast when guys like piniella or old bobby v and the like just do it alll the time

      • Havok9120

        I have noticed that umps seem to give him a bit of a longer rope when he DOES get in their faces and scream. So that’s something.

        He isn’t showy about it though, and probably never will be. Billy Martin he ain’t.

  • Frank

    This team will have spurts here and there, but I just don’t see this team playing consistent winning baseball this season. I thought before their rash of injuries they would make the playoffs, but now I’m not so sure. This team is old, slow, has no position players in the pipeline that can help now and a pitching staff that’s mediocre. Losing Mo and Pineda hurt alot.

    • Ted Nelson

      Keep this in mind later in the season. Let’s see if you’re right. I doubt it.

  • Sterling

    That’s baseball, Suzyn.

    • Stirling

      I’m suing for copyright infringement and defamation of character.

      ::insert nonsensical quote from obscure opera::

  • DannyC

    Iont even get excited to watch the games anymore, I’m disgusted with the obvious of tex and martin, I’m surprised with a-rod, I thought he was gonna have a big year, i didn’t see this coming, 21-20

    • Kevin Winters

      Iont even get excited to watch the games anymore

      —————-

      I’ve heard so many ppl say that in the past week or so. Even the ppl at the games seem to be out of it.

  • pat

    Yanks ned a priven clutch hittr like that Cervallio kid. He has a fire in his belly and is a proven clutch hitter who will hit like 15 homerns with moar playing time. The only things he do wrong is care too much.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Intangilables. That’s what is. Intanginables.

    • Erica

      Not sure if serious.

      But… Raul is pretty darn clutch.

      • jsbrendog

        he is def not serious. unless pat got into the nyquil again…

      • Havok9120

        Pat doesn’t show up as much this season as usual, but its definitely a joke.

        Or the nyquil thing. That works too.

    • OldYanksFan

      Can someone please translate that comment into English?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I have no idea what this would have to look like to go below a 5 or 6 moving forward. Really. Down from 8 to 7.

    Shit’s just unraveled. Injury, regression, and just plain bad habits from some of the lineup have led to others losing their way trying to overcompensate. Like I said in another thread, that still doesn’t even account for trying to figure out who Alex Rodriguez, in fact, is at this point in time. I feel like a couple of guys getting back on track would be the start of others figuring themselves back out. This team needs Brett Gardner back. This team needs production from its catchers. Take the burden off Curtis and Robbie and actually allow Teixeira to get himself back to where, long overdue, he should be at.

    Forget yesterday with CC. Really. Too painful anyway, and we know who he is. While I’m massively disappointed in Kuroda, I’m encouraged by Hughes, downright inspired by Pettitte, and confident in Nova’s getting back to where he should be. My starting pitching concerns are always about 2013 and beyond. Bullpen is what it is. The job they are doing, with both Mo and D-Rob on the shelf, deserves an ovation.

    It’s going to be a struggle. Those of you too young to remember a time where the playoffs weren’t a given every year, I hope you enjoy your cherry getting popped a bit, and that you come out the other end a better Yankee fan for it.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      “cherry getting popped a bit”

      Is that like getting a little pregnant? Thought both were an all or nothing deal. :-)

      • Robinson Tilapia

        It’s been a few years since I popped someone’s cherry, Cris.

        /toomuchinformation’d

    • Erica

      Yeah, I am definitely too young to remember a time when the Yanks weren’t in the playoffs. This is weird and strange and I’d like that cherry unpopped – thanks!

      (Agreed with your whole post, however. A-Rod… what do we DO with him?)

      • jsbrendog

        the dark days of mark hutton, eric plunk, and andy stankiewicz…

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Why does everyone always leave out my Bad Yankees mascot, Chuck Cary? Things used to be so bad that I looked forward to a Chuck Cary start.

          • jsbrendog

            oof. i was partial to scott sanderson.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I always loved how things were so bad that a guy named Jeff Johnson was in the rotation for a year or two, yet never pitched at any other time in the majors. He was basically erased from baseball memory and, practically, mine until baseball-reference.com came along.

              • jsbrendog

                i fear if i go back and bring up any of the teams from 89-92 on bref i may burst into tears. i steer clear haha.

                • Erica

                  Looks like researching these dark days of the late 80s/early 90s will be on today’s agenda.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    I always enjoy a good look at the ’90-’92 rosters. I really will always have a soft spot in my heart for those teams.

                    • Pat D

                      Those teams always got the ol’ middle finger from me.

                      I didn’t get over the Winfield trade until the Blue Jays won the Series in 1992. Feeling that was sufficient enough for revenge, I allowed myself to root for the Yankees again in ’93.

              • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

                Ah yes, The Andy Hawkins, Jeff Johnson, Dave LaPoint top 3 in our starting rotation.

                that was a God-awful year….

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Sam Militello was great for like a month

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Do with him? Pay him a lot of money and hope he settles into a consistent .280, 15 HR, 75 RBI hitter? What else is there?

        You’re already a good fan, Erica. That cherry’s going to be just fine. I feel like a massive pervert writing that, FWIW.

        • Erica

          Oh I don’t know. I say “we” as though “we” are a combination of Kevin Long and Joe Girardi.

          HAHAHAHA, that is totally perverted. Good to laugh on a gloomy Monday talking about gloomy baseball.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            It is so crappy outside today in the BK. The skies also happened to open up and crap down on me right as I was getting in my car this morning.

            • Erica

              Well, THAT’S miserable. It’s clearing up here in Chelsea! Maybe there’s hope yet for tonight’s game not being a rainout…

              • jsbrendog

                its still dirzzling over here by me. im watching the legends seats prices drop to ~250 for tonight and tomorrow and considering…

                • Erica

                  DO IT.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                You’re in Chelsea, as in Manhattan? I thought you were down in South Jersey somewhere. Maybe it was because you mentioned Camden once.

                It’s pouring in my BedStuy office.

                • Erica

                  I work in Chelsea (in NY, yes!) but live in Central Jersey. South Jersey, to anyone in Monmouth County or north, is below the Mason-Dixon Line. Yeesh. (As far as the rain clearing, it just seemed brighter out so I took it as no more rain. Sigh.)

                  You should probably fix the hole in your ceiling.

                  Anyone remember that game last year at YS (was it against the Orioles?) where they had to play late into the night due to that ridiculous rain delay?

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Ah. Well, I love the Chelsea. Wave hello to Ethan Hawke for me.

                    I remember that game well.

                  • Bartolo’s Colon

                    I had tickets to that game and didn’t go, but now those tickets can be used for any regular season game this year, with some exceptions. Does anyone know how that works? Do I just show up with the old tickets and they give me new ones? Or do I have to do something before the game?

      • OldYanksFan

        It’s been a few years since I un-popped someone’s cherry.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      I’d say a five is average confidence. Not this 70/80/90 scale. Sometimes shit just happens, they’ve been hit with a hurricane of injuries to key guys and that will hurt any team. Hard to be confident when that happens.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Agreed that a 5 is a thumb squarely placed in the middle. I think that, consistently, the biggest point of contention is how the “Given the team’s current roster construction, farm system, management, etc., how confident are you in the Yankees’ overall future?” question is interpreted.

        We agree on something, Jimmy. Gimme a hug.

    • Ted Nelson

      Come on. While not nearly as bad as other comments here… this is stil really reactionary. How many years recently have they been around .500 at this point in the season? Plenty. What was their record at this point in 2009? Right around here. There’s no given that they bounce back this season… but it’s still likely. They still have a ton of talent. Gardner will be back. Robertson will be back. Tex will get over the respitory thing, and while he probably isn’t going to earn his money… he’s probably not going to fall off a cliff in his early-30s. Martin probably has a good month or two in him at some point. Cano is a lot better than this. Kuroda could easily put it together. Joba and Aardsma could form a key part of a regrouped dominant bullpen.

  • Cris Pengiucci

    I dropped from a 9 to an 8. I am beginning to have concerns that the team may not turn it around this season. If they are unable to do so, then my concerns will continue into next season and beyond, as the contracts of ARod, Teix and for a shorter period of time, Jeter will not allow the team to dramatically change. There’s still plenty of time left this season and I’m hoping they’ll turn it around soon. Matbe this west coast trip ….

  • Erica

    7. We have Andy, Raul, and Derek on fire. We’ll turn it around.

    It’s just really frustrating watching these guys. Honestly, I have more I want to say but no energy because it’s all repetitive so, um… get well Gardy and D-Rob. That is all.

    • jsbrendog

      i really hope jeter doesn’t pull a derek jeter….and act like he isn’t hurt when he is and keep playing and hit like .195 cause he thinks he has to stay in the lineup while he is actually hurting the team instead of taking 15 days off to get healthy, then eventually goes on the dl in like july and comes back and rakes making me even more mad at his stupid soldier act and yelling at my tv why didn’t you go on the dl when you got hit on the wrist so you could hit 340 since june?!?!

      man, i love jeter. i hope this doesnt happen.

      • Erica

        Arg, right? While I see both sides to this, I mean… you gotta give the guy credit for wanting to go out there and win every day, no matter the state of his health. So that’s something to admire.

        • Randi

          I also admire Jeter for his desire to play everyday. But as the saying goes:

          You can play hurt, but you can’t play injured.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Right. It’s pretty safe to say that worst case scenario is that he’s hurt.

            he’s definitely not injured. I think he’d know, as would the Yankees, if he had a broken hand/wrist.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      There’s always liqour, Erica. Let’s do shots now.

      • Erica

        Yes, you are entirely correct.

        Patron?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Even better.

          *pulls out bottle of Patron Coffee Liquor*

          Drink up, Erica. West coast trip coming up.

          • Erica

            NOT the Cafe Patron! Jager? Jager it is.

            Robbie T– with a West Coast trip and late start times… it’s probably a blessing in disguise as we’ll all be passed out from a) drinking or b) being old and sleeping early.

            Go Yanks.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              What usually happens is me being an cranky, sleepy bastard for a week from staying up way too late.

              Fine. Jager.

  • Reggie C.

    6.

    I’ve been at this mark for a couple weeks now since the respective injuries to Pineda and Mo. However, the lineup’s week long struggle to score runs won’t budge me from a 6 as I believe that Arod is due for a decent stretch of productive at-bats. Cano looks like he’s nearly all the way back and Granderson is still very much a near guarantee to hit 20 homeruns by All-star break.

    My concern right now deals with Teixiera. He’s not healthy but more troubling is that he hasnt hit AT ALL this season. Worst of all, there’s nothing the team can do except DL Teixeira and bring up Mustelier(?) to play 1B. Maybe Eric Chavez can play 1B … who knows. The ballclub needs production badly.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Congratulations, Ronnie Mustellier. You are officially the newest RAB bone to chew on.

      Not busting on your post, Reggie.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    Every year we go through some tough stretch like this.

    • jsbrendog

      i’vebeen saying that for weeks and just get yelled at

      • Ethan

        That’s the point isn’t it? The stretch of playing this badly doesn’t normally last for weeks. Hence the concern.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’ve seen this team go on losing streaks they haven’t even come close to yet during seasons in which they’ve made the playoffs. Yes, it can go longer.

        • Ted Nelson

          Look at this record at this point in 2009. A few games ago they had the exact same record. They’ve lost some and might be lower now… but this isn’t totally out of the ordinary at all. Slumps happen every season. Any season could be the one where the slumps outweigh the highs… but I think there’s the talent on this team to get through it and be right in it at the end.

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

      Last year around this time, the fan confidence hit an all time low of 5.43

      http://riveraveblues.com/fan-confidence-poll/

      • Robinson Tilapia

        hogwash that never happened what does it matter we’re the yankees elite elite tex sucks ronnie mustellier jesus montero

      • Ted Nelson

        Excellent comment. Also interesting that one of the other lowest points was in the 2009 season.

      • Havok9120

        BOSTON SWEPT US!

        O NOES!!

        I remember that stupid poll. And that stupid thread. Yikes.

  • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

    5.

    I thought we’d make the post season and exit in the first round but with all our injuries and aging and Ibanez as our top offensive force…..not sure anymore

    We have a ton of question marks for next year too and no ready/productive bats at AAA except Mustelier who I haven’t seen so I really can’t comment on him.

    Our 2 best players turn 40 in a few months. Andy & Raul. Who would have thought?

  • Reggie C.

    Just looked outside my window. Heck … it looks like a “5″ day after a gorgeous weekend. If the whole KC series gets rained out … it’d give Teixeira additional rest. Arod and Grandy could probably use off days too.

    hope for a couple days of rainout guys! Thats what Yankees baseball has come to!

    • Erica

      Is the KC series on My9? The rainout is inevitable if that’s the case. Cue the jazz.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    still an 8. It’s May, we got a long way to go and I’m confident that we’ll play better soon. We didn’t lose because the other teams were too strong, we lost because we get no hits with RISP. That’ll change soon enough, we just saved some runs for our games in October ;)

  • 42isNotMortal

    5. The bullpen injuries have really sapped the Yanks strength. Declining power output from A-Rod is the reality and another 20 rounds of orthokine or whatever that centrifuge platelet is called won’t change that. And yes maybe Kuroda benefitted from the spacious NL West venues and weak 5-9 line-ups. So I can’t go higher then 5. Also, farm wise Betances looks like he’ll never put it together and ManBan has faced more challenges then you’d like from a top prospect. 120 more to change my mind.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    I was at 9 in ST, 8 as the injuries started to occur and 7 as of now. Not to leave you with a numerical evaluation without reasons.

    So here goes. Offensively even the weakest of offensive teams should not go 3 for 50 something with RISP. We are not facing H of F pitchers. Yes, Chapman can shut down any offensive team for an inning and close out a game. But, the likes of Orioles, Royals and Reds made our guys look weak offensively with RISP. This is npt playoff time this is the first quarter of the season when players are fresh, etc. Individually this team is built with players who have wonderful stats on the back of the baseball cards but stats are numbers which were obtained not necessarily in high leverage situations or against the best the league has to offer. This is why a team such as the Reds can come in here with a team which has 3/4 guys in the starting lineup who are AAA/AAAA players starting and beats us 2 out 3 with timely hits and decent pitching. Sad! Another reason are the mounting injuries and the replacements can not make up for those who they replaced. Have we seen the value of Gardner if not your not watching closely. Dewayne Wise in LF OK defensively but at the plate is a K machine except for one he may run into and fly out to RF. Teix.’s poor start with illness has extended almost into June. Arod has 15 RBI’s with 5 HRs. This is a problem that appears to be lingering. You can’t play Chavez, Jones, Ibanez and Swisher out of position and expect to win.

    The bullpen is weaker but still capable if Robertson gets back before the middle of June. On a positive note the rotation to me is improving not Kuroda who was a hope that he could pitch in AL East. He can’t pitch in the AL. He’ll get his brains kicked in by the summer time. He’ll be a No Mas situation IMHO But CC, Hughes, Nova and Andy gives us a good chance of winning.

    Where my confidence level stays a t 7 is because I don’t think their is any team in the AL East who is healthy that has the divison dominated by an outstanding team. The Orioles will come back to earth sooner as the season gets longer. The Rays have issues at the plate just like we do but pay 140 million less.

    Somehow if we get healthy and the guys expected to play regularly are in position I believe we can make the playoffs. Unfortunately if this team can’t hit with RISP during the weak part of the schedule than how can we expect them to hit and pitch in the playoffs.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    This team needs Didier Drogba…that dude can do anything!

    • Bavarian Yankee

      as a lifelong Bayern München fan AND season ticket holder of Bayern that’s the last thing I want to read on a baseball site. GO AWAY and give us our well deserved CL-cup ;)

  • Pat D

    I went with a 6. That’s because Ibanez seems to be the only guy consistently hitting right now. Jeter seems to be slumping now, too.

  • #28 in 2012

    The season is young. Gotta turn it around with the Royals and the A’s. Taking 2 from KC is important, before we hit the AL East bottom.

  • josh_todd

    Fire Kevin Long. That’s the next step. Why can’t these MVP calibur players hit?

    Paulino (a virtual nobody) will own the Yankees lineup tonight, that’s what makes it hard to believe. The only thing that saves the Yankees from this is a rain delay that forces him out early.

    Seriously if we can not sweep the Royals this freakin season is done. This is new baseball all the old money teams can’t win anymore (Red Sox, Phillies, Yankees, Tigers, Brewers, Giants) its all about young players.

    The A’s lost all that pitching and are still playing .500 ball

    We spent all that money on Teixiera and what has he done? One good season in 2009. Juan Miranda can give you that production at a fraction of the cost. Stop the backward thinking, the answer is not via trade or the free agent.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      *looking for trap door lever*

      Ah, found it.

      *splat*

      Goodbye, josh_todd.

    • Ted Nelson

      Watch out for those falling pieces of sky!

    • Pat D

      You mean the Juan Miranda who’s currently hitting .188 for Durham?

  • CS Yankee

    Was a 9…multiple injuries occured…went 8.

    Know we have the “cake” part of the schedule and can’t afford 2-5 weeks.

    I’m staying an 8…since we beat some solid pitching recently, however its a weak 8…since we lost to some crappy pitching.

    I’ll be at a 7 next week if we don’t get some guys or production back and go 2-5 again.

    Still believe in the SP, the 3-5 hitters, but lets stop with the Wise starting or Raul in the OF.

    • Ted Nelson

      Either Wise or Ibanez (or Nix) pretty much has to play some in the OF. Otherwise you’ve got Andruw Jones suddenly playing every day again after a couple of seasons not doing so… pretty risky. Even if he doesn’t get injured his performance might suffer with fatigue.

  • Betty Lizard

    I assembled the 8-ball, tarot cards and ouija board. I even gathered entrails and flying birds. And it was damn hard to find a cracked tortoise shell, but I persisted.

    All I got was:

    “Players will come off the DL. Players will go on the DL. Pitchers will pitch well. Pitchers will pitch poorly. Balls will be caught. Balls will be dropped. Someone will be swinging a hot bat and someone won’t be able to buy a hit. Those who are first will at some point be last. Those who are last will at some point be first.”

    Divination is NOT what it used to be.

    So, I’m at a 7 just because things are not right (present) and there is a lot of potential (future).

    • LarryM.,Fl.

      I liked the way you expressed your feelings. You get an A.

  • Brian in NH

    i had to do a 6 simply because while I know its a long season, its hard not to look at this team and see an older, slower team with less power. Plus all these injuries are starting to add up and really suck.

  • RI$P FTW

    Why have a poll if anyone with an unpopular opinion is e-bullied?
    Just remove 1-8 as options, if it’s such a big deal and you people can’t handle it.
    Voting is for fools anyway.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Well, as Mike noted in another article our offense isn’t as patient as it has been in the past, and I think that has a lot to do with our recent struggles. I remember one at bat from yesterday’s game where with runners on base and chance to retake the lead Alex popped out on one pitch after the guys infront of him had walked on 8. Another game couple times earlier this season, Derek found himself in similiar situations and made either first pitch outs or grounded into a first pitch DP. These things didn’t seem to happen as often even last season, though that could be my brain playing revisionist history tricks on me.
    Another thing that’s hurting us as been injuries, let’s be real. Any team that looses their closer, set up man, two outfielders (albeit on for a short time) as well as a guy who was expected to be out number 3 with an ace-like upside should be expected to struggle a little bit.
    Finally, I like Joe G as a manager, but earlier in the season shoe-horning Nunez onto the field on almost a daily basis definitely cost us a couple of runs and at least a win or two, at least in my eyes. I’m a big supporter of Nunez, at least I was, but I feel like they should have cut the cord and sent him down a little bit earlier, or focused him on one position. He proved last season that he’s at best a slightly below average defender at short, so trying to force feed him playing time at third, second, and left as well probably hurt his confidence a little bit.
    Overall I’m between a 7 and 8 at this point for this season, with a 7 going forward. Cashman, who I think is an average(maybe slightly above) GM is going to get to show what he can do with a hard budget line for the next few years. I’m excited to see how he does, but nervous at the same time knowing that if there’s a hole to be filled and a superstar available to fill it, it’s very unlikely that he can convince Hal to open the check book. A lot of how the money is spent, and how the team does the next three or four years is riding on Pineda’s surgically repaired right shoulder, and to be honest that does scare me a little bit.