Fan Confidence Poll: October 1st, 2012

Playoff Bound: Yankees clinch wildcard spot
10/1-10/3 Series Preview: Boston Red Sox

Record Last Week: 4-3 (40 RS, 29 RA)
Season Record: 92-67 (776 RS, 661 RA, 92-67 pythag. record), tied atop AL East
Opponents This Week: vs. Red Sox (three games, Mon. to Weds.)

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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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Playoff Bound: Yankees clinch wildcard spot
10/1-10/3 Series Preview: Boston Red Sox
  • Jose M. Vazquez

    I have remained at a 7 because of the inconsistent pitching and hitting. Nonetheless, the pstseason is for the team that gets the luckiest and gets the better pitching and timely hitting. So we will see what occurs there.

  • thenamestsam

    We’re in the playoffs, which means we’re about 15 games of good luck from another championship. Can’t ask for much more than that.

    It’s an impressive testament to the quality of this franchise over the last 15 years that a lot of people have done nothing but bitch and moan about another 92+ win playoff team.

    • Mark in VT


    • Syrio Forel/Better off Eddard/Occasional Troll

      Success is boring, failure is interesting. That’s not going to change, at least not in America.

    • gc

      Amen. You gotta get in it to win it. It may have been more of a struggle than many would have liked, but the again, nobody promised it would be easy.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      ….or the fact that we’ve only known what life is like without playoff baseball only once since the early 90’s…..but hey, WERE TEH YANKEEZ and all that bullshit.

    • handtius

      92 is not enough….should have been 102 win season! these guys suck at baseball. whole bunch of silly nancies if you as me. where are the jack mcdoogles and jim mcbobicans of yesteryears? real men who swung big timber and smoked pipes in the dugout. now them nancies got their juices and gatoraders and what its. bah.

      • RBC


    • jjyank

      Agreed 100%. The Yankees, for all their flaws, are a hot streak away from a championship.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Nine. I like their chances in a three game sprint versus Sister McConnell and Our Lady of the Stale Tim Horton Donut.

    • CS Yankee

      A Tim Horton Donut >>> A Dunkin’ Donut

      Also, didn’t we split against the Tim Horton’s (Candian Co) and need to sweep the series against the Dunkin’s (a Boston Co)?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Doughnut Plant >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> any of those.

  • mt

    8 for this year, 7 for long-term.

    Club needs youth desperately to offset the age of Arod, Jeter, Tex. I was big for resigning Pettite and Kuroda next year but now I think at most we should sign only one of them. Thinking about Arod and his comingMincentives versus $189 million budget scares me. Need to move away form Ibanez/Chavez/Jones back-ups.

    I guess we will not be favorite in playoffs and it may last just one game – should be interesting. Maybe we can thrive in that role??

    (I am just joyful Valentine cannot knock us out of playoffs. Even if playoffs may just be a one game wildcard game for us, still the playoffs. Valentine pitching Zach Stewart against O’s yesterday was disgraceful. Guy has not started in 1 month and has only 3 starts in 3.5 months. Bucholtz could have gone on regular rest (last pitched Tuesday against Rays throwing 99 pitches))

    • Slugger27

      to be fair, the yankees did the same thing last year, laying down for the rays when the red sox needed the yankees. i believe dellin betances started the last game, and hector noesi the one before. and girardi did pull the starters in the last game, and we did see andrew brackman throwing in that series.

      what goes around comes around i guess.

      • CS Yankee


        They shouldn’t blame the O’s as they just helped them get to the course earlier and “played the game the right way”, but they did exactly what the Yankees did last year, this year.

        I just hope they reward Valentine getting them a top 6 pick with a multi-year extension.

    • OldYanksFan

      You can NOT “offset the age of Arod, Jeter, Tex”. Would you rather have 3 average 24 yr olds, or 3 talented 32 yr olds on the team?

      Youth is fine when looking far ahead, but it’s talent that Wins games THIS year. Cashman will always have the challenge of having expensive players, who will ususally have down years at the end of long contracts, and young, cheap talent.

      We are not TB or KC. We have had the bottom-of-the-barrel picks for 16 years now. We don’t get to stock up on young talent year after year.

      The system is designed to keep Dynasties from happening…. especially now, where FA contracts for top talent are usually both overpriced and overlong. You want Pujols? You’re gonna pay. Even contracts for very good players (see: Werth and Crawford) are dangerous.

      No matter how much money we have, being a perpetual Winner is VERY difficult. People bash Cashman, but other GMs have a cakewalk compared to Cashman. Other teams can rebuild, plan for the future, make sacrifices now for later. But we can’t.

      We may have a few ‘2nd place’ years with the 2014 cap in place. But my guess is we (again) buy big in 2015 and 2016.

      However, the game has changed, and Cashman knows it. There has been, and will continue to be, more emphysis on the farm and developing players. The International draft will continue to be important to us. But because of ARod, CC and Teix, Cashman HAS to spend he money carefully. For another 5 years, we can’t afford to ‘eat’ any more ‘bad’ contracts.

      I believe this is why Cashman has not gone all out for International players like Cespedes and Yu. I think he will spend big when necessary, but only on more known quantites. Gambling will be done with draft picks, where the monetary loses are minor.

      By 2014, Mo and Soriano are gone. That’s $28m that will be replaced with home grown talent. I believe we are seeing how Cashman will continue to opperate. A number of expensive studs, and the rest of the team from the farm…. especially the BP. Granderson is probably gone (after 2013) and hopefully one of the kids will come up to replace him.

      I don’t know how Cashman can continue keeping us in the PS. It’s a near impossible job. Hopefully we can have plenty of Brett Gardners and the occasional Cano came up through the system.

      • Jose M. Vazquez

        Very well redacted. I fully agree with you.

    • toad

      Arod is not going to hit those incentives, except for 660 HR. He needs 67 to match Ruth. He might put together a solid, relatively injury-free year, which he needs to get there but, much as I hope he does, I’m not optimistic.

  • TLVP

    8… not sure I like to trust the Ray’s to keep the O’s honest if they are out of it by the end of today

    • CS Yankee

      I trust the Rays moreso, if thats the case, than almost anyone else.

      I would expect that they’ll protect the arms as a priority, but play real hard otherwise.

  • Mike HC

    I’ll stick with an 8. The competition in the AL seems pretty beatable to me. Yanks are in the mix of that beatable crew, but at least we are there. The NL actually looks real strong. I think whoever comes out of the NL will take it this year.

  • Terry

    I have them at a 7 as well. The inconsistent offense and shoddy bullpen lately is what’s giving me a less higher confidence. Have Tex and Gardner back helps. It all depends on winning the division and who is lined up to pitch that one game playoff if that were the case.

  • CS Yankee


    Their RISPfail, bad calls against, Bullpen woes really should correct in a positive way for them. I just hope such correction starts tonight and extend all the way thru #28.

    A few breaks is all they should need to march on through, however they aren’t the 1998 Yankees, let alone the 2009 version. It doesn’t mean that they can’t be the 1996 type Yankees (old vets with a bit of youth mixed-in along with role players peaking at the time when most write them off)

  • LarryM., Fl.

    I remain at 7 from the Spring Training high of 9. On paper in February and March my confidence was sky high. You can not fault a team that battles through all the issues this team has been through. The DL list of starters is a long one. They played their bench players to the point of overuse which was unplanned obviously. They have held their ground even after giving up a 10 game lead. They showed their mettle and its a positive karma.

    The playoffs are about pitching, timely hitting and some fielding gems. We know both sides of that picture. So lets win the division and hope for some good fortune. And may timely hitting come in the form of the 3 run homer.

    I read a couple of comments above about getting young. As I have indicated one of these years when our older veterans have something left in them to assist with a quick youth movement. The Ibanez and Jones type of athlete will have to move over for a younger player getting some serious playing time to mature them for more prominent roles when Arod ad Jeter move to lessor roles.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      The Ibanez and Jones type of athlete will have to move over for a younger player

      I get that, but here’s the problem: economics.

      A younger player will almost always take a full time job w/ a shitty team over a bench job w/ the Yankees for one fundamental reason, money; the full-time gig pays more.

      So to fill the bench roles, the Yankees are forced to look to veteran players who have performed in the past, but can no longer command a starting job.

      • LarryM., Fl.

        I was indicating from within. Bite the bullet in one year with the likes of Arod, Jeter, Cano and Teix. to assist younger players who are filling in roster for guys like Jones, Ibanez and Chavez. Its much to ask but teams such as the Orioles and A’s indicate it can get it done.

  • steves

    I voted 8. I never take the Yanks making the post-season as a given or some kind of manifest destiny birthright. If something positive has changed over the years for me it’s that I appreciate more than ever the continued excellence of the organization in making the post-season especially when they are not odds-on favorites to do so (as this year has sort of played out).

  • Klemy

    Still at 7 long term, because the contract situations scare me going forward. Next two seasons seem like there will be a decent overturn in players, which can go a lot of ways.

  • jesse

    At a 7 currently. Tex coming back to the lineup, and hopefully staying healthy, should be a big boost. I’m also a little worried about HIROK, though. He hasn’t been terrible by any means, but he hasn’t quite pitched up to his capability the last ~5 starts. Maybe he’s just in a rut or he could have hit a wall. Would be great if he bounced back.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Down to a 9 from a 10 because of Nix out for season, Venditte out until mid-next year. Otherwise, things looking up!