Fan Confidence Poll: March 18th, 2013

Open Thread: 3/17 Camp Notes
Martin: Yankees still looking for outfield help

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Open Thread: 3/17 Camp Notes
Martin: Yankees still looking for outfield help
  • Robinson Tilapia

    We’ll stay around a 6 out of respect and reverence to Mark Teixeira.

  • CS Yankee

    Staying a 6…Teix news doesn’t surprise me at all, doubted he would be back by June anyways as they seem to (rightfully) take the time versus rushing them back.

    If his 70% doesn’t pan out I’ll move down a notch, until that time I’ll likely be watching;
    A) The Musty/Youk Show
    B) The Youk/Juan Show
    C) Re-runs of show Cheers (or something comparable)
    D) Showing an increase in my work performance.

    Gotta love choices!

  • http:/ Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    Wait Teix’s injury could be season ending? I thought it was 3 months recovery and rehab. Ugh

    • Havok9120

      It’s season ending if it gets any worse.

    • OldYanksFan

      If I interpret what I have read correctly, this is what I got.
      If the tear in the sheath is minor (which Teix’s last diagnosis say it was) and the tendon is not damaged (again, the diagnosis said the tendon was OK), then it could heal with rest and lots of weed.

      If the diagnosis was wrong, and the tear is bigger then is now assumed, or the tendon has a problem (which it doesn’t seem to have now), or for some reason it get damaged more (from lifting up heavy dubes), then surgery would be required, and his season would be over.

      This is why Teix talked about not coming back too soon. If the tear isn’t 100% healed, he could make it worse by playing, and end up needing surgery.

      If all goes well, 3 months could do it.

  • LarryM., Fl.

    6. Have been since the elimination from the playoffs in October. I do see some positives with some younger guys getting longer looks during ST.

    I’m sure my outlook will improve as the season moves forward especially if the pitching stays healthy and Granderson, Teix. return. Maybe a trade for a younger player with thoughts toward 2014.

  • Vern Sneaker

    I’m down to a 5. A solid year from Texeira was key, and it seems very doubtful now. Even without surgery, and with the best possible healing, he won’t be in any kind of groove until mid-season. The likely scenario is probably worse. An injury-free pitching staff from here out is critical, but that rarely happens. And I guess there’s no need to mention the other question marks. All that said, I’m an ever-hopeful fan.

  • Eddard

    We’re at a 9 as long as the F.O. holds on to what little youth we have. Everyone is so up in arms about a couple injuries to players who had down years last year. I look at is as an opportunity for some of these other guys to shine and show what they can do.

    Hafner is going to mash in YS. Nuney showed what he can do in last year’s Game 4 vs Detroit. Youk and Ichiro are going to be energized playing for a contender. This will be Brett Gardner’s break out season. And the pitching is elite, top to bottom.

    • Laz

      Wouldn’t be surprised if Hafner has a huge year, but it will be key that he stays healthy.

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        Agreed on Gardner as well, I think he’s going to have a great year. SP is positive but bench depth is a big concern–>2 weeks and a lot of holes.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    still a 6.

    I actually had time to watch some games during the last week and so I saw Mustelier for the first time ever (I think) and I really liked what I saw. Defense at 3rd seems to be better than advertised and the bat seems to be solid too. I’m rooting for him to make the team and maybe even the Opening Day lineup. He looks like a poor man’s Pablo Sandoval.

    Other than that Nunez wasn’t too shabby defensively and so far Boesch fits in there pretty good.

    • Barry

      Guess you didn’t know he’s a future HOFer. Rich man’s Sandoval

  • trr

    pretty much holding steady, and gritting my teeth with all the injuries. we can expect to open the season pretty much with what we have, so our replacement parts need to step up. if we can stay at .500 the first 2 months (not unreasonable) I think we’ll be in the chase down the stretch.

    • Herby

      Aww damn, you lived through St. Patty’s day…too bad.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      All of this.

  • John

    I do not expect tEx to be factor this year and if so very late (too late). It is time to raise the ghost of George. We need right handed power. Soriano is owed 36 million over 2 years, if we pick up 10 (5 per year)and a middling prospect that should get it done.

    Between Olt and Mourneau – again it’s a question of $ or prospects to give up. Thoughts?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Leave the Ghost of George alone. God knows what middling vet he’d ship out Gary Sanchez and Mason Williams for.

      No to Morneau. Olt is dependent on cost and, really, doesn’t he bring just as many questions with him?

      I’m preaching patience for now and let’s see what opens up.

    • MannyGeee

      My thought:

      You lost it at Ghost of George. Anything from there on through sounded like the ramblings of a madman

  • Sam

    Any chance this elbow thing with Logan is anything more than minor?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Always a chance.

  • Person, Place or Thing

    I had been holding at 7, but the various signings of OF flotsam and jetsam carry the sour scent of desperation. There are three open slots in the OF/corner infield domain, and if two of those don’t go to young(ish) guys, it’s going to 5.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You should be thrilled, then, that they just brought in a 27 year-old last week for one of them.

    • MannyGeee

      So where you gonna be when we had to default 3 rookies into the Opening Day lineup?

  • Jim Cavanaugh

    I am at a 5. Pinning my hopes on Tampa Bay finally saying “damn, we really lost too many guys this time” and John Gibbons lighting the fuse in the Toronto club house and blowing it up “Miami Marlins” style. I think some of the Red Sox additions aren’t bad at all, i won’t count them out & Baltimore is going to be scrappy. Easily the most uneasy i have felt going into a season in a long time.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      I don’t understand this ‘scrappy.’ Is that more like athletic or gritty?

      • Havok9120

        Gritty. Definitely more like gritty.

    • MannyGeee

      “Easily the most uneasy i have felt going into a season in a long time.”

      Says everyone every spring about the Yankees, with the exception of 2009-2010

  • Yankee68

    How does the poll always work out to 6? Week after week a 6? Really? Last year it was 6, really?

    • Vern Sneaker

      Makes sense to me. Reflects the reasonably cautious yet hopeful projection of fans when their team is netiher obviously great nor terrible. That’s pretty much what it seemed like last year and this year, too.

    • Havok9120

      What else would you expect?

  • Yogiism


    The player I am most concerned about is Tex at this point. We’ll have Granderson back by mid-May and since it’s a clean break/fracture, I don’t expect any lingering issues. He might be a little slow/weak with the bat the first few weeks, but outside of that, no problems expected. Tex on the other hand(literally), that’s a weird injury and in a tough spot of the wrist. I’ll take all-star break at this point, which if I’m the Yanks, I’d be planning or holding off for that. I wouldn’t rush it. I think the rest of the team looks pretty good.

    Rating the AL East teams:
    Yankees – still think they are the top team with the best chance to win division – 92 wins
    Toronto – I’m not buying into the mega hype that they are 200% better than last year – They’re better, but we need to see how the “team” comes together. I am putting them at 88-91 wins.
    Red Sox – should be better, but I’m not buying into their signings. I don’t think Victorino is going to really produce much on offense. I wonder how many injuries Pedroia will sustain this season. They’ll certainly be better than 69 wins, which really doesn’t take much, but I’m pegging them around .500 – 81-82 wins
    O’s – this is a toss up. Can go either way. They can win 75 or win 90. Really no telling which direction they’ll go. I’d put them in the .500 range as well.
    Rays – Same as O’s and Sox. Can go either way. People talk about their pitching being their strength and I agree, but should Price have a few rough outings or have a period of a few starts where he is off, which most pitchers go through, I just don’t feel they have enough to support him. I’m putting the Rays around .500 maybe 84-85 wins.

    Obviously all these can’t have the same record, it’s not mathematically possible, but I still think the Yanks are the best of the East as of this moment and I can definitely see them winning 90+

    Anyone have video of Mesa’s grand slam yesterday? I am trying to find it. Want to see it. He has a nice swing imo.

    • Yogiism

      We’ve have a run of many many many many years where the AL East was a powerhouse, but I’m thinking the AL West and Central are going to have a lot of competitors this year.

      The Indians are a little light on pitching.
      The Royals, well I don’t know, but is this the year where it finally comes together. It has to eventually so odd’s are they turn a winning season.
      The Tigers should be solid
      The White Sox should be a solid ball club.

      The West is a little weird and I don’t know what to expect just yet. My money would be on the Angels as of now. The Rangers are still very good, but can go either way. The A’s also.

      All in all, I’m still rating the Yanks as the team to beat in the AL at the start of the season. Losing Swish, Martin, Ibanez, Jones, Chavez isn’t so terrible now that the team is coming together. Losing Arod is of no consequence to me. In fact, it could be a positive to the “team” atmosphere. Again, Tex is the wild card at the moment. If things go as they appear they will, perhaps we can consider Tex and Pineda to be our mid season acquisitions and that wouldn’t be so bad.

  • Guns

    I’m at a 4. I haven’t been less excited for a season in a long time. I guess I’ll look forward to seeing Pronk hit a few insane bombs… maybe hope the pitching staff can come out clicking one through five. I’d like to see Nova take a big step forward and continue to have a K/9 around 8.

    I can’t root for Kevin Youkilis. I’ll try… but, for me, that’s perhaps the most unpleasant thing about this season.

    • Yogiism

      By saying 4 that would be the equivalent to a 70 Win team. They have one of the better rotations in the AL, if not the league. That should be enough to forecast 85 wins, at a minimum. Unlike a few on here, I am very excited for the season. I’m looking forward to an amped up Cervelli behind the plate throwing darts. Looking forward to Phelps maybe becoming something really special (my gut is telling me that I want him in the rotation, which probably won’t happen). Looking forward to Boesch, Pronk and Mesa and maybe even Mustieler. Looking forward to daily salutes to Mo. Looking forward to Cano hopefully hitting .400 :) in a contract year (we can hope). There is far more to like about this team than there is not to like.

      P.S. Watch the Youk clip off the right on the sidebar. How can you NOT root for him. Cool dude man. Looking good this spring and with the Yanks having a very solid track record to preserving a player, Youk could be better this season than we expect.

      • Guns

        You’re looking forward to a catcher throwing runners out??? That should tell you everything you need to know about this season. I’ve seen all I want to see of Youkilis. I don’t like him. It is what it is.

        I don’t know how anyone’s individual ranking equates to a certain amount of wins for the team. Not sure how you got that.

        I forgot about Mo. That’s definitely something I’ll be looking forward to seeing.

    • Herby

      You must be over 50 then

    • Jim Cavanaugh

      Totally agreed Guns. Bad enough we didn’t replenish the offense nearly as much as we needed to, but only one move is made and it’s grossly overpaying for Youk ?? Come on son !!

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    I feel guilty for only voting an 8.

    So confident in Granderson having a monster year I drafted him for my fantasy team.

    Going to be a GREAT year. Can’t wait.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Don’t feel guilty. I’m at a 7. I trust in the currently non-injured players (especially the pitching) to get the job done until Granderson and then Teixiera return. I’m also hopefull the Yankees will pull of a trade to get a solid, young third baseman (Olt or Headley would drive me to an 8 due to the possible long term benefits, although it appears Headley is once again not available) and move Youk to 1B.

      The season hasn’t started. Still plenty of time to be excited about performances, trades, etc. …. Or not.

      • Yogiism

        If the Yanks could package Joba and a B prospect for Olt, I’m in. Call up Montergomery to fill that spot and now you’re talking. My only concern is that Olt hasn’t been hitting all that well this spring and I feel like he really needs to be out there playing on a regular schedule. My concern is what it will do to Youk and I don’t want the Middlebrooks scenario all over again. The Yanks have Youk/Nix/Mustlier in that order. Although Olt could swap with Youk on some days btw 1st and 3rd. Headly is not happening. It just doesn’t make sense for the Yanks since the cost will be too high for the amount of time he has under contract and at a position that the Yanks have covered, even if temporarily, at the moment. Olt makes more sense as he could be sent back down to minors if necessary.

        • MannyGeee

          If Olt outplays Youk to the point that there is ZERO room for him on the roster (not even as a RHDH or a Full Time DH when the eventual Pronk injury occurs), then that’s what you call one of those “good problems”…

  • vin

    I’ve been teetering between 6 and 7 all ST, but with Tex’s bad news, I’m firmly at a 6.

  • Manny’s BanWagon


    What really scares me is the utter lack of offense on this club with all the injuries. They’re now depending on getting bounce backs from Ichiro and Youkilis, at least in the first half, which are both far, far from a sure thing.

    Where the heck do they go if and when Youk ends up on the DL and Ichiro has a sub .300 OBP?

    • Havok9120

      Probably golfing in October.

  • Herby

    I went down from a 7 back to a 6, but even with Toronto’s or Dodgers team I wouldn’t give them more than an 8. Too many things can happen in a season. If Tex is able to come back without surgery then I think they’ll be fine. I still think they can find a way without him.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I voted 10. Why not?

    • MannyGeee

      Because you are unnaturally bringing up the mean…


  • mustang

    A weak 6 out of respect for the pitching, but its going to be a long season folks.
    This is why I’m so happy that I enjoyed every moment of the championship run.

  • LiterallyFigurative


    The crazy thing about the way people look at the Yankees is: if you took the same team characteristics and put them in Tampa Bay uniforms (deep rotation, deadly bullpen, prime-time megastar, speed and defense), the MSM and half the commenters would be screaming “Watch out for the Rays!”

    I actually have more confidence in the 2013 Yanks than some of the mid-2000 teams who had all the offense, but had substandard rotations and noone you could trust to get to Mo.

    Now, we may lose games 3-2 as opposed 6-5 like the mid-2000’s teams, but I’ll roll the dice with this team.

    • MannyGeee

      Very valid point. If the Red Sox looked as good as the Yankees right now, the world would be on end with the “Line up the Duck Boats!!!” talk.

  • dalelama

    As I have been the most accurate forecaster of future Yankee performance my downgrade to 4 brings me no joy. 1965 here come.