Fan Confidence Poll: October 8th, 2012

Big inning, Sabathia carry Yankees to Game One win over Orioles
Thoughts following ALDS Game One

Regular Season Record Last Week: 3-0 (28 RS, 7 RA)
Regular Season Record: 95-67 (804 RS, 668 RA, 96-66 pythag. record), won AL East by two games
Playoff Record: 1-0 lead in ALDS (7 RS, 2 RA)
Playoff Schedule This Week: ALDS Game Two @ Orioles (Mon.), Tues. OFF, ALDS Game Three vs. Orioles (Weds.), ALDS Game Four vs. Orioles (Thurs., if necessary), ALDS Game Five vs. Orioles (Fri., if necessary)

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Please take a second to answer the poll below and give us an idea of how confident you are in the team. You can view the interactive Fan Confidence Graph anytime via the nav bar above, or by clicking here. Thanks in advance for voting.

Given the team's current roster construction, farm system, management, etc., how confident are you in the Yankees' overall future?
Big inning, Sabathia carry Yankees to Game One win over Orioles
Thoughts following ALDS Game One
  • Eddard

    10! CC pitched like an ace. The best lineup in baseball wore down Hammel and eventually came through against a good closer. Andy is on the mound tonight against Chen with a chance to essentially put the series away. I don’t see the Yanks losing 3 straight playoff games at YS. It’d be nice to win this series in 3 or 4 and save CC for Game 1 of the ALCS because it’s looking like it’ll be against Verlander.

    • CS Yankee

      Glad CC is up to step three in the “Ace” department;
      1) Go 7 or more innings…”Not an Ace”
      2) Go 7 or more innings, leave with the lead…”Almost an Ace”
      3) Go 8-plus, make the other team look weak…”Like an Ace”
      4) Go 8-plus of shutout ball…”An Ace”
      5) Go 9, with 27 K’s & 0 BB’s…”The Ace” aka “Verlander-like”

      I think your right though it’ll be Justin vs. CC in game one of the ALCS.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    anyone know when they are going to announce the game times for wed? this is pretty dumb that they haven’t done this yet.

    • Neil

      Called MLB office a few minutes ago and they said sorry for the delay. Will announce start time this AM and yes it is ridiculous.

  • CS Yankee

    Finally returned back to a 9 from the 8 i’ve been placing since late-July.

    Why is Manny gone all of next year if he just had TJS? I thought Joba was throwing after 6 or 7 months…couldn’t we expect him in July or August so he could also go to Fall Ball and log some innings?

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Joba is a freak of nature. No one comes back from TJS that quickly.

    • this space for rent

      Joba is atypical. His pain threshold and recovery time should not be used as a yardstick.

      Hopefully, Manny is also a quick healer, but it’s understandable that they would use a conservative estimate when gauging how long he’ll be out. Given his status as their top pitching prospect, there’s no doubt they’ll be uber-conservative with how they proceed in his comeback.

  • Drew

    7. Can’t help but feel good about where the Yankees are right now, that would be a (10) but going forward and with a mostly down year for the minor leagues and especially with the news of Banuelos going down for 2013 and we probably won’t see him in the majors till late 2014/2015 now its a (4). Still a 7 is not terrible I suppose.

    • Neo

      I’m not as low as 7 but everything you say is valid. And add to that the new television contract has the potential to be a long term negative for the Yankees. That much extra revenue means other teams spend more. If 189 is a temporary situation than no problem. But if permanent other teams payrolls will be catching up

      • Cuso

        they just need to get below $189 for one season. So, yes, it’s temporary

        • Hardy

          I think going unter 189 for just one season is unlikely. Either they are willing to take the benefits of being under 189 – then they should be there permanently – or they pursue a “just win and the money will be there” strategy – then they don’t have to drop below 189 at all.

  • CountryClub

    My confidence in the Yanks is an 8.

    My confidence in them playing tonight is a 4.

    •!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger


      • Cuso


      • CountryClub

        Yeah, 40/50% chance of rain all night. It sounds like the type of rain they would normally play in. But, I dont think they’ll start the game in the rain since they had no interest in doing that last night.

        Oh well, holding out hope…

        •!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

          Ohhh I see. I thought you had meant your confidence level in them winning tonight’s game!

  • Sly Robbie

    I gave ’em a nine, the highest score I’ve ever voted for in the confidence poll. The line-up is awesome, the bench is solid. The Yankees’ starting four is the equal or superior to any other team in the post-season. Even the bullpen inspires confidence… Mostly.

    Sadly, I was right in my prediction of McLouth stepping it up in the post-season. At least Jonesy didn’t do too much damage at the plate.

    I am actually feeling good about Game 2, so much so to even predict that the Bronx Bombers will win tonight rather convincingly 6-3, with most of the Yankee runs coming before the fifth inning.


  • Cris Pengiucci

    Looking at this season, I’d be at a 9 or 9.5. Despite Mike pointing out the Yankees going 4-6 when winning game 1 of the ALDS, this is not those other 10 Yankee teams, nor is the matchup the same.* I feel good about this series and the team’s chances to make it far in the post season. Longer term, if they choose to chase the $189M salary budget, I’m less confident and voted an 8 overall. A major piece in fielding a winning team with a reasonalbe budget is inexpensive (and productive) pitching, and TNSTAAPP. And while I acknowledge that $189M in salary is hardly reasonable, as it would still be the highest in baseball, with all of the high salaried players under contract and on the verge of new contracts, it’ll mean the Yankees must find inexpensive production in other places.

    * This is why I hate when announcers site stats from years past. Anything more than this season and perhaps last regarding how a player or team does in a certain situation is almost meaningless. I really don’t caer what Ichiro did in his last playoff series (as an example). It means absolutely nothing now.

    • DC

      The Dodgers may be the highest in 2014. They are already at $192m next year.

  • Christopher

    Fans=fanatics=10. Go Yanks!

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    If I’m voting my confidence level for the next 3.5 weeks or so, I’ll go 9. At this point who cares about Long Term trend or who dominated the Sally league…I’m a 9 through the canyon of heroes.

  • Cuso

    Drew Henson is the next Buck Showalter.

    Manager by the time he’s 36

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Disgruntled by the time he’s 40?

      • Cuso

        Ha, yes!

        Although he’s probably disgruntled now. Jerry Jones pissed in his coffee or something.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          He was probably getting some major tail as a two-sport superstar. Now?

      • nsalem

        Head Coach at 45

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Well, let’s see……FIVE-RUN NINTH inning in game one of the playoffs, first seed…..yeah…

    Zero, obviously.


  • Jim Is Bored

    Confidence probably inflated because I was at the game. 9.

    And will be tonight. Also, if someone could sacrifice something to the weather Gods, that’d be much appreciated. Forecast calling for more rain, and I’m not sure I can take another 2 1/2 hour rain delay.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      If another delay means another win, we’ll need you to take another one for the team, Jim. :-)

      Have fun and bring home another win!

      • Jim Is Bored

        Haha yup!

        That 9th winning was so much fun. Watching the real O’s fans see their bandwagon compatriots leave when the deficit was TWO was immensely satisfying.

      • Robinson Tilapia


        You can always get dry, Jim. There is no second shot at the ALDS. :)

        • Jim Is Bored

          You’ll just have to call my boss and explain why I’m a vegetable this week :)

          • Robinson Tilapia


            • Jim Is Bored

              Oh I’ll be there. I was at Pettitte’s last postseason start and was sad that he was going to end his career on a loss. NOT TONIGHT!

              Just win, baby!

          • Cris Pengiucci

            I’m sure there are plenty of us willing to do that for you Jim …. If you really trust us to speak with your boss …..

          • DC

            I had it made under my old boss. He was a huge Yankee fan as well, so we both got to come in late during playoff games.

  • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

    When CC and Andy get the outside part of the plate (or just off it) called for strikes…


  • Joe F

    I’m at an eight.

  • LarryM., Fl.

    8 up from 7, the team is coming together with its health, pitching and lineup has gotten deeper. I probably could go a bit higher in the 8 scale if Arod would bring his bat to the game. I can not figure the problem. It could be physical with an inability to rotate the hips and lack of power. The fielding has been shored up with Ichiro in the OF and in the number 2 slot.

    Go Yanks!

  • Ramondo

    I like where the team is TODAY and I would give them a 9 BUT when you factor in, the future roster, payroll, and the AAA players, this whole picture becomes very cloudy. For tomorrow, I give them a 5. I can’t honestly see how you give them a 8 or 9 knowing that there are some serious issues about to take place.

    • LarryM., Fl.

      What keeps me positive about the future is the fact that you do not need the highest payroll in baseball to win. There are a few teams that competed for the playoffs at the end which had low payrolls. Its about the development and trades. And the stones to put these kids in the lineup at or about the appropriate time in their development. The Yanks will always have the cash to do what they want to do according to the CBA especially after 2014.

  • MannyGeee

    Maybe I’m still a little buzzed from the 5-run inning Kool Aid last night (and admitttedly stopping on SportsCenter three times today at the top of the hour to rewatch the coverage….

    But I am up to a 9 from my normal 8. Last time I was at a 9 the Yankees were in the middle of their massive tear through the NL in June. My 9 before that, they won a ring. Jus sayin…