Fan Confidence Poll: July 16th, 2012

Ninth inning rally falls short; Yankees unable to complete sweep of Angels
7/16-7/18 Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Record Last Week: 2-1 (19 RS, 18 RA)
Season Record: 54-34 (412 RS, 365 RA, 49-39 pythag. record), 8.0 games up in AL East
Opponents This Week: vs. Blue Jays (three games, Mon. to Weds.), @ Athletics (four 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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Ninth inning rally falls short; Yankees unable to complete sweep of Angels
7/16-7/18 Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays
  • TLVP

    Down to 8 from 9 because the AL lost homefield advantage

    • 28 this year

      Is that a joke, there future is hampered but not getting home field advantage? And another thing, home field advantage is only a factor if the series goes to 7 games which is rare. If not, in 5 or 6, either the AL has home field advantage or its a non factor.

      • TLVP

        Yes it was a joke…

        Yes I realise that for the homefield to matter we must be in the world series and we must have gotten to game 7 – an outcome that would certainly warrant a rating of 9 at least…

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Steady at 8. If this were a 2012 Only survey, I’d be 9+.

  • Eddard

    We’re at a 10, same as last week. Joe’s doing a great job. Why burn your best relievers in a July game in which we are trailing? We need those guys fresh for October so try letting Nova get through one more, try Qualls. He won’t be around much longer anyway. Joba will give us that extra RH 6th-7th inning guy.

    And that’s why we’re at a 10. Joba, CC, and Andy will all be coming back and that will be a huge boost to the pitching staff. Gardner will hopefully be back in a couple weeks and we saw yesterday how big his LF defense is. Even without these guys we’re well ahead for the division and will only get better.

    • CS Yankee

      I wanted to see Drob (or others) and go for the sweep as their bats showed promise to regain the lead.

      I’m still a 9…seems like the boneheads plays happen against the Rays & Angels moreso than every other team combined.

      This team is deep and fairly thick…Arod looked good less the one high K, Grandy is just as exciting (to me) as Trout but maybe not as smooth (anti-sterotype), but overall not much to complain about really.

      I’m still thinking the Rangers will have home field advantage only due to that they play Oakland and Seattle nearly 40 games.

      • Ted Nelson

        You can’t use DRob in every game, regardless of getting ready for the postseason. Qualls needs to get a shot and so does Mitchell. Qualls Had given up 4 ERs in his last 13.1 IP. Putting him in was hardly a red flag.

        • Ted Nelson

          *meant white flag, though I guess red works for evaluating Girardi

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Another Top Story from the week: “Yankees signed their First Round draft pick Tyler Hensley and also got Joey Table II.”

  • BK2ATL

    Still at an 8. I think I’d go up to a 9 when the injured guys (CC, Gardner, Joba, and Pettitte) as well as the prospects (Banuelos, Romine, Nunez, etc.) return. This is where our depth lies.

    Winning 2 of 3 vs. LAA was a great way to start off the 2nd half. A-Rod and Teix, amongst others, came out roaring. That’s very positive stuff. i hope they keep it up.

    • CS Yankee

      With Teix and Arod missing the All-Star game, it might have created more fuel (or at least rest) to help in the second half. I hope that Arod views any fastball over the plate as Reg’s mouth and smashes it to RCF.

      • jjyank

        Yeah, I’m definitely glad those guys didn’t play and could get some extra rest.

      • BK2ATL

        Whatever it takes, we need both of them to go on a tear and continue that into the postseason. Cano and Grandy have been carrying to the power game by themselves for too long.

        • Ted Nelson

          I wouldn’t call power Tex’s problem.

          • BK2ATL

            I agree, but it’s been a part of it. He’s a much better hitter than he’s been for the past 1.5 years. Just hoping that it’s turning around finally. We’re seeing better results lately. That’s certain.

            • Ted Nelson

              For sure. And plenty young enough that he could/should turn it around.

  • Cris Pengiucci

    It’ll be interesting to see how the Granderson/Cano talks develop this winter (if they do at all). I’m still at a 9. I expect Cano to return. If they can’t get Granderson back, it will hurt but they should be fine defensively by moving Gardner over and they can hopefully find a suitable replacement for LF. I suspect Swisher will play a role in the Granderson negotiations. Should they sign Swish, then I would expect Granderson to be gone after ’13 unless he accepts a fairly steep discount to stay. Or it could go the other way (Swish’s contract depends on the Granderson negotiations).

    • Ted Nelson

      Yeah, I think part of opening negotiations this offseason might be to play Granderson and Swisher against each other a little.

    • Murderers’ Row Boat

      I can see the Yankees waiting to see what the asking price is for Upton in the winter compared to signing Swisher. A 24 year old RF would be a vast step up for Yankees, plus if the Diamondbacks are looking to trade him at 24 most likely means there’s a personality conflict.

      • MannyGeee

        nah, this is a ‘selling high’ move all day long. IF there was a personality issue, wouldnt we know about it by now?

        • BK2ATL

          There’s definitely “something” there with J Upton. They’re just wisely not letting on.

          Could be attitude, as loudly inferred by the owner or prez. Could be a chronic left shoulder issue, which has come out as well. Could be something else.

          Either way, you don’t have this 24 yo kid on the market, just because. He’s their version of Matt Kemp, without putting it all together yet.

          • CP

            Could be attitude, as loudly inferred by the owner or prez. Could be a chronic left shoulder issue, which has come out as well. Could be something else.

            Of course, the comments about attitude could be to cover for a shoulder issue. A bad attitude is much less likely to impact his trade value than a bad shoulder.

        • Rainbow Connection (futurely Dummies Playing w/ Balls and/or RI$P FTW)

          it doesnt have to be personality. it could be injury or something.

          its certainly suspicious, wouldnt you say? look at the dudes contract. theyre in contention right now in that division, its not like theyre the astros. theres gotta be something going on behind the scenes, none of it makes sense otherwise.

          • BK2ATL

            Exactly. There’s something there. You don’t just give up on that kind of talent, esp. when you’re in the NL West with a legit shot of contending now and in the near future.

    • BK2ATL

      It was encouraging to see Cashman open up about probable extension talks this winter for BOTH of them.

      Here’s the thing. I think Granderson will be easier to sign, and will make up for whatever OF production will be lost by Swisher walking after the year.

      Now Cano. Different story. His agent is Scott Boras. It won’t be as easy a signing as people are thinking. This is a money play. I’m hoping Cano takes the extension offer, but I’m not holding my breath.

  • Reggie C.

    An 8.

    I don’t expect the team to lose many more games in which Alex, Teix, and C-Grand each go yard. Taking the series against the hottest team in the AL (Angels) is a helluva way to start the second half.

    • LK

      In order to take a series against the hottest team in the AL, the Yankees would have to find a way to beat themselves. Which, sadly, is basically what they did yesterday.

      • TLVP

        yes but the only did it once, so the hottest team still won the series

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    Down from a 9 to an 8 because the Knicks are going to let Jeremy Lin go to the Rockets.

    • BK2ATL

      At 3 years, $25 million, I don’t blame them. Linsanity was hype more than substance, and only for 30 games. He was getting exposed toward the end, then he tanked it during the postseason, when he could’ve played (his own admission).

      Felton will do just fine with drunken Kidd as a backup in 2012-2013. I also read that they plan to make a strong play for CP3 after the season.

  • Rainbow Connection (futurely Dummies Playing w/ Balls and/or RI$P FTW)

    i think grandys status in the union hurts his chances to take a discount. its too bad.

    • Ted Nelson

      Why is he taking a discount from the richest team in MLB that is known for overpaying to retain its stars? I don’t think it has much to do with any status he has with the union. I think it’s just common sense not to be the one sucker on your team.

  • Christopher

    I just want to know who the three guys are with no confidence and why they bother?

    • Strat

      I figure they’re fans of other teams trolling. Hard to believe any Yankee fan would have no confidence in this team.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      There are now 11 votes of no confidence.

      It has to be one or two people voting multiple times, no?

      Maybe they have a public computer available for the inmates at Bellvue?

      It’s a scary thought that 11 people exist with that level of stupidity.

  • Brian S.

    So our seven game road trip won’t be as easy as first thought. The A’s are above .500 and have a positive run differential. The AL this year is ridiculous with only three teams that aren’t fighting for a playoff spot

  • Strat

    I bumped it up one to a 9 this week because their good enough, their smart enough… and doggone it, people like them!

    • Strat


      That’s what I get for copy/ pasting from the Internet without paying attention. Piss poor grammar.

  • wow

    I’m at a 2 simply because Spike Lee kept the bat.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      Should be a 1 because Teix signed it.

  • RetroRob

    Can’t go any higher than a 1.

    The Yankees have been a failure of an organization since the 1920s.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      It all went down hill after the purchase of the Ruth guy.

      • V

        New York Yankees: Buying Championships since 1920