Fan Confidence Poll: June 4th, 2012

Hughes dominates Tigers in road trip finale
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Record Last Week: 3-3 (32 RS, 28 RA)
Season Record: 29-24 (249 RS, 226 RA, 29-24 pythag. record), 1.5 games back in AL East
Opponents This Week: Mon. OFF, vs. Rays (three games, Tues. to Thurs.), vs. Mets (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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Hughes dominates Tigers in road trip finale
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  • Lord Tywin

    We’re at a 9. Hughes is finally making strides. Now we just need Nova to come around. We’re only a game back of 1st and we’ll get a crack at 1st place this week at home minus their best player.

    Bullpen has been great and will only get stronger with the return of the best pitcher, DRob. The offense will only get better with the return of our only speed guy, Gardner. Defense improves as well. We’re in good shape right now.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Bullpen has been great and will only get stronger with the return of the best pitcher

      Unfortunately, that won’t be until next year.

      • Lord Tywin

        Yes, I was conceding that he’s already lost for the whole year so Robertson is next best. Once he comes back we might be able to hold serve longer in these walk off losses we’ve had recently. Robertson and Soriano would be able to pitch 2-3 innings between them and give us more of a chance to score.

    • DM

      Your horse stole the show last night.

  • Reggie C.

    St. Phil’s CG performance nearly bumped me back up to a 7. At the very least, i’m hoping Hughes maintains a level of consistent play that ends doubts as to whether Hughes can even fill a rotation spot long-term. Yesterday’s performance was big time. I’ve piled on Hughes like many here, but I readily admit the young man is an interesting watch every start.

    Teixeira has only 3 hits in the past 5 games. I hope we’re not looking at another extended power outage. The BP should get back Robertson soon enough and news that Joba threw from a half-mound only portends good things in the 2nd half. I think Joba might be ready far sooner than what we’ve expected.

    p.s., Its starting to dawn on me that Pineda’s injury might keep from ever going above a 7 for the ROS.

    • MannyGeee

      Until Pineda comes back looking like Cy Young and makes Cashman look like a genius.

      *fingers crossed*

    • Robinson Tilapia

      A guy who’s still never thrown a pitch for the team would affect your numbers that much?

      I get the sentiment, but I think it’s more important for the team to field a solid starting rotation that stays together for the next several years. Michael Pineda doesn’t necessarily have to be part of that for me to be happy, no matter who he was traded for.

      • Reggie C.

        To zero in on this season, Pineda has lost a season of development. Sure, last season represented strides and showed Pineda can succeed, but pitching in the competitive AL East is a different beast.

        He’ll recover and be part of a “starting rotation that stays together for the next several years.” It’ll be maddening to watch the rust come off the arm, and once it does, the million dollar question becomes: Is this a lesser version of Pineda than what he showed in 2011?

        Maybe i’m just a overly-pessimistic guy, but hey, it is a gray, rainy Monday morning.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I don’t think you’re being overly pessimistic.

          Let me ask this, though: If Pineda returns and doesn’t reach expectations but, say, Manny Banuelos exceeds them, does that change things for you?

          I want the Yankees to have a rotation which consists of CC and as much young, sustainable pitching as possible. Michael Pineda doesn’t necessarily have to be a part of that for me to be happy.

          • Reggie C.

            The staring of a $189 million spending cap in a couple seasons and the cost of the very trade (Cashman speak) makes Pineda a necessary contributor to future NYY rotations. Your a knowledgeable poster. You know Pineda’s performance is vital to maintaining a sustainable cost structure.

            Banuelos has to get back on the mound soon. The lost time is adding up and he’s answered none of the issues of command of his ML ready pitches. Banuelos needs to get in 100 innings and answer questions one way or another. So no, Banuelos hasnt done anything to my grade this season … neither lowered or highered it.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              There are plenty of pitchers in the organization who could conceivably exceed expectations and make it so that a successful rotation without Michael Pineda is possible. We are certainly both nitpicking here in both directions, but it’s certainly possible.

              • Jimmy McNulty

                To be honest I don’t see a possible good 2015 rotation where Michael Pineda is NOT a big part of it.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Did you see the oppo-field HR of which Teixeira was robbed in one of the deepest parks in the league?

  • MannyGeee

    At an elevennnnnn!!!!! Sir Philip of Hughes is BACK!! OK srsly, is there a more frustrating player in the history of Pinstripes?

    For real, still at an 8. Always at an 8.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    8. I always look at pitching a lot more than I look at the usual RISPFail stuff that fills the comment section here, and I think about pitching going into NEXT season. Going into next season with CC, Nova (who absolutely has work to do), AND Hughes as solids in the rotation would be HUGE, PHUGE even. Still a lot of baseball to be played, but a boy can dream.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    another week, another 8. I’m excited about the draft, even though I didn’t read any prospect profiles so far. I guess the Yanks will draft guys nobody expect them to draft anyway ;)

  • jjyank

    Remaining at an 8, where I’ve been all season. I fully believe that the Yankees will go on a run this summer that will make trolls flee in terror, and the fact that they are just 1.5 games out of first place despite the injuries and underwhelming performance of a few key players is damn impressive.

  • willx

    6 but, that’s mostly because of RISPFAIL

    Eventually the long term, assuming nobody gets injured.. This injured returning are like trading for good players at the trade deadline.. eg.. joba/aardsma and short term gardner/robertson

    Glad Soriano is the closer, he should of been anyway.

    • Esteban

      SHOULD OF!!!

      And you really think they will continue to struggle with RISP the whole year?

  • vin

    Another week, another 8.

  • Randi

    My score hasn’t changed. Its still an 8.

  • CS Yankee

    Solid 8… Started the year at a 9, injuries along with slumps and RISPFAIL took me to a very low 8, a good tear (8-10 W’s) coupled with some dominant starts from Kuroda/Pettitte/Hughes and I’ll be back to the 9.

  • Jose M. Vazquez..

    I remain at a 7. This is because this team, except for the Boston game early in the season has not shown tendencies of a come from behind group. There have been few if any walk offs and the team is still futile with RISP. The pitching has improved but it has a long way to go. This could change during the Tampa sries. I hope it does.

    • Havok9120

      Are you watching the games? We don’t win all of them, but we come back to tie/take the lead more than we have in years. We’ve done it to the Tigers (twice?), Angles (twice), Baltimore (3?), Cincy, Boston….the pitching has had trouble holding onto those ties/leads for more than an inning or two, but the offense has shown it can get the job done.

      Yes, RISPFail is annoying. It is not, however, crippling to this team or even preventing us from coming from behind.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I miss the walk-offs and pies and all that (don’t miss AJ). They were feel-good moments which made you proud to be a fan. Sure. I care more about them winning games any way possible. There’s no style points out there.

  • steve s

    I’ve jumped back to an 8 after a few weeks at lower numbers. Reason for me is that Gardner and Robertson should be back soon and the Yanks have been mostly holding their own in their absence. I also like that Girardi and Long went a little nuts and the team responded (probably not cause and effect but passion is always good even if a bit off-the wall).

  • LiterallyFigurative

    9. As always.

    I’m hyped that Gardner is on his way back. We need his speed and defense.

    Robertson will make the pen that much deeper and more powerful.

    As a Joba-head, I can’t wait to see him back on the mound.

    Besides Phil Hughes’ dominance, the best thing about the weekend was A-Rod’s bomb off of Verlander, because A-Rod’s power (or lack of) plays a huge part in the Ysnkees performance the next 4 months.

  • Kosmo

    Martin puts up respectable numbers on the road but has been atrocious at YS3.
    Will Nova and Hughes be more consistently good ?
    Interesting NY was talking with the Nats about Edwin Jackson for Nunez swap, one gets the impression Nunez´ days with NY are close to being over.
    Robertson and Gardner are due back soon.
    RISP Fail is nerve rattling at times but in spite of this problem NY is poised to take over 1st place.
    Betances and Banuelos should be considered disappointments at this time but one hopes thing will pick up for them.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    I’m still at 8. A good positive assessment of the Yankee team. The team in general has been coming together as new roles were assigned to players not used in these spots both offensively and defensively. Girardi doing a good job with the bullpen.

    When the team has Drob and Gardner back then can this team move forward from the 8,IMHO.

  • Erica

    Back at an 8. I didn’t get to watch any of the games this weekend, so I don’t have much to comment on. However, just hearing that Phil pitched a complete game makes me feel a lot more confident about the staff in general. Does that even make sense? I’m okay with it if it doesn’t.

    CANNOT wait for Gardner to return, as well as D-Rob.

  • Havok9120

    I have to wonder who these people are who vote 1-3 every week. There’s 23 of them this week and I have almost no idea what they think this team and this organization are going to do moving forward to rate a 1-3. Is Yankee Stadium going to be hit by a meteor with the team inside it and we’ll have to move every level of the farm system up one level? Is CC going to die of a heart attack, Cano lose a leg to gangrene, and Jeter die in a horrible dental floss accident all in the next month? Are we re-upping ARod’s contract another 5 years?

    I’m serious, what do you guys see happening to the franchise as a whole that rates so many 1-3 (or even 4) votes? They can’t all be people from Over the Monster trying to learn our secrets.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      I consider a five to be about average, or satisfactory, for a team with the Yankees’ resources the bar is higher than it is for most teams. A playoff berth is a satisfactory season in YankeeLand and missing the playoffs is verboten. The last time they missed the playoffs they signed the top three free agents on the market. For me a ten is just about impossible to achieve. A team that fields: CA: Brian McCann, 1B Miguel Cabrera, 2B Robinson Cano, 3B Evan Longoria (I like Zim a bit more, but he’s had injury issues), SS Troy Tulowitzki, LF Justin Upton, CF Andrew McCutcheon, RF Gene Stanton DH Hamilton, with a rotation that’s equally stacked. A ten is a team that cannot be stopped. Even with lighter standards for a ten, given this team’s pitching woes and disasters both with developing pitchers, trading for, and signing free agent pitchers I don’t see how you can still have the utmost confidence in a team with such a glaring flaw.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Also with the RISP fail…cut it out. When a team does and does not get hits is largely chance. Players get 650 PAs a year or so, most will easily have 100 terrible ones. With a runner on second most players typically approach the PA the same way they would with the bases empty, perhaps with a runner on third and fewer than two outs the player will approach the PA differently but that’s about it. And this is me saying this. There’s much more meaningful and real concerns regarding this team: Pineda and more specifically the way that they evaluate pitching, the injuries, and the pitchers that are starting are giving up home runs at an alarming rate. 2nd in the majors in HR/9 and in the bottom half in GB%.

  • Timmy Hands

    I think “7” is the fairest number. Despite having a “successful” road trip, there is still a sense that certain issues might need to resolve themselves before this team appears to be one that could go on a run.

    – Tex is way too streaky. I know that it is M.O., with him saying “I’ve made my career on my streaks”, but this doesn’t even look like that. It looks like a guy who goes to the plate with a lack of confidence sometimes, and an over-abundance of it others. Inconsistent PAs led to him being dropped in the lineup. Just a measure of a consistency would serve the entire lineup well.

    – Swisher’s PPA was something I considered somewhat of a strength for him in past seasons. He might not be “pesky”, but he used to seemingly spot the ball better. I’m sure his level of aggressiveness is not an accident, it is obviously a change in approach. But I preferred the more selective version of him.

    – Wade was starting to remind me of Mendoza. Not in stuff, obviously, but with his release, demeanor, and results. I’m not going to go into panic mode over Wade now that he has hit a snag, but it makes you realize how having Robertson out in Mo’s absence really shortened the BP.

    – Nix has been a pleasant surprise thus far.

    – Chris Stewart has been also.

    – The entire rotation is giving up far too many homers. I don’t care if the Yankees are winning games, this is something that can become a “tendency” across the board. I’m not about to put in a cliche “too many balls over the middle of the plate” – that’s Waldman’s job. But as the season progresses and the games become more intense, you can’t be watching a game during a crucial inning getting the feeling someone from the opposing side is going to go yard. I mean, to give up homers is one thing, every pitcher does it. But the Yankees staff is making it look like an art form currently.

    – – Even with all of this, I wouldn’t be surprised if they rattle off a streak of winning 15 out of 20 or the sort. When this team clicks, it is still one of the very best. A move here or there in a month and change would be nice, but I won’t hold my breath over it being the lack of available talent elsewhere around the league.