Fan Confidence Poll: March 6th, 2013

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Record Last Week: 3-3 (21 RS, 26 RA)
Season Record: 18-12 (133 RS, 123 RA, 16-14 pythag. record), 1.5 games back in AL East
Opponents This Week: Mon. OFF, @ Rockies (three games, Tues. to Thurs.), @ Royals (three games, Fri. 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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  • Cross777

    I remain at 6. Without the Blue Jays playing the way they are, where would the Yankees be? Hughes has stepped up his game and that is a big plus and they are getting production for their old-guy fill ins, but how long will that last?

    Old man steroid cheat Pettitte has had 2 bad starts in a row and Nova is on the DL. Tex now looks like June or later, Jeter the same and the worse news of all is A-Roid has been cleared to start baseball activities.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      What a class act you are, Cross777. Spoken like a true fan. I hope you stick around.

    • nsalem

      If we get out of this road trip 3-5 I will be very happy. I don’t think we have been much over .500 in KC the last several years and remember having much trouble at Coors. 3-5 means probably nobody swept us which is all I’m hoping for. Anything better will be amazing and probably will be a result of some really great pitching, both starting and relief. Considering the recent new rash of injuries we can hopefully just survive rather than thrive.

    • Matt

      Two bad starts in a row? I forgot that’s not allowed.

    • Pffft

      These trolls are proliferating like rabbits at a track meet. Mike, you’ve got to screen these trolls better. A lot of talentless trolls are getting through.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’m glad you specified “talentless” there, since it’s absolutely true.

        Trolling is an art.

    • Havok9120

      Surely you can do better than this?

      I mean, if you’re going to take the time to type out two paragraphs, at least have the pride to make them original in some way. All you pulled out here was calling the Yanks old and flukey, hating on ARod, and calling Pettitte a cheater. I can get better trolling than that at DRaysBay or BleacherReport.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Go back to the Rogers Centre.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I was at a very optimistic 8, and not much has changed, other than a few day-to-day injuries, so there I remain. Some starting pitching bumps this week, but we all know that’s going to happen. Big ups to Phil Phucking Hughes for picking up some of the slack there. Really impressive by Pantston, er, Preston yesterday.

    It looks like some of our AA’ers are getting their first taste of non-injury-related adversity. That’s not the worst thing. It’s not the adversity. It’s how you overcome it. Look at what JR Murphy is doing right now after a tough time and how he may really put himself on the map soon.

    The recent dings suck, but my hope is that DRob is back for this series. Nunez has been such a lineup suck that I can’t see how a few days of Nix/Nelson will be that much worse. Hopefully, this does lead to some lineup tinkering. I fail to see where a fifth outfielder such as Francisco benefits the team more than a player with some additional versatility such as Musty. Even though it comes with its own risks, Nix/Musty for a few days isn’t the worst thing.

    Nix gets a ton of hate on here, but you’ve got a journeyman fill-in playing every day because of need. He is who he is, and he’s going to get the basics covered in an unglamorous way.

    • Nsalem

      Think we may miss Nuney’s defense. Something I could never imagine saying.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Nix can fill in capably there. I don’t know much about Nelson defensively. Nunez has shown us about three weeks of acceptable defense, and his bat hasn’t show anything playing full-time. I’m not convinced.

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          Nelson is horrible defensively at 3rd and 2nd at least according to UZR.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            There we go.

            He’s probably a footnote when Youk is back anyway.

            Today would be an ideal day for the team to get the easy reinforcement on that side of the infield and swap out Francisco for Mustelier. Everyone knoiws I’m not a Musty cheerleader, but I do think he’ll be able to show some pop at the big league level and can stand and play that position if he’s needed, plus fill in in the outfield.

            • Manny’s BanWagon

              I was a little surprised they even brought in Nelson since he also hasn’t hit a lick outside of Coors field. I imagine they wouldn’t have if Adams or Musty could have been brought up.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Meh. No harm, no foul. There was once a chance he’d be something. You never know. All that stuff.

              • nsalem

                Well they are going to Coors Field.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  #cashninja

                  • nsalem

                    I don’t know how much the Yankee’s owe him, but if it’s not much, I think there’s a chance he ain’t leaving Denver or maybe 11:59PM on May 14th.
                    Maybe they will do a Harry Chiti and he will be the PTBNL in the trade for himself.

        • nsalem

          I hope you are right. Just a by my eye opinion. Nix at SS for a couple of weeks is a riskier proposition than Nix at 3B for a couple of weeks.

  • TomH

    For most of the reasons offered by Cross777 (but NOT the point about ARod), and for reasons of a modest minor league replacement line, a timidly non-buccaneer owner, and an MLB directorship that seems determined to make life difficult for the NYY, I stick to 4. If the rubric to the poll were restricted to prospects for this season only, I would probably go for a 5.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      I gotta say I’m not looking forward to seeing Arod come back. I’d much rather have a healthy Youkilis, Teixiera and Hafner man 3rd, 1st and DH over Arod and his traveling circus.

      Otherwise, you gotta be happy they’re doing this well with all the injuries.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’d look forward to a healthy, effective Alex back, even if that means a 20 HR, 80 RBI guy.

        I’m not looking forward to that guy who may play 100 games a year and does the most beautiful swinging right through strike three you’ll ever while dominating the back page of the Post for much longer than those 100 days. That guy should go work for “Baseball Tonight.”

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          Unfortunately you can’t separate the 2.

          I’ve been an Arod supporter and defender all these years and now feel like he’s made a fool out of us fans. He can’t get out of the Yankees organization fast enough for my taste.

          It gets to a point where your production doesn’t make up for the other bullshit, kind of like it did with guys like Manny, T.O. and Allen Iverson.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Ever the optimist there, Tom.

      • DC

        Well, Tom did spend the off season promoting Toronto as the “crème de la crème” of the AL East.

        • Jim Is Bored

          Yes, yes he did. I imagine he’s feeling pretty good about that right now…

          • YanksFan

            He’s feeling great about it right now. They’re not this bad, their injured players will come back and be themselves, they will start playing to their potential and will will 95 games.

            He’s the eternal Blue Jay optimist.

            • TomH

              Are you serious? I’m feeling very damned good about “creme de la creme” right now on my basic pessimist’s principle: when things go well–a rarity–in life, celebrate!

              On the other hand, and as a natural-born pessimist, and also with a nod in the direction of all board members who like to say things of the “It’s-still-early” variety: it’s still early. The Jays ain’t dead yet. It would take 10 good Jays days and 10 bad Yankee days for them to catch up with NY.

              N.B.: an old baseball fan, a Yankee fan since 1952, I’m deeply superstitious about baseball. You know what that means. The Baseball God hears whispers too. Never boast. Never predict too confidently. Praise your enemies, don’t sneer at them. Etc. The last time I sneered at the enemy was on or about September 11, 1954, and we long-time Yankee fans know what happened that terrible weekend.

              It’s all there in Greek tragedy.

  • Rigoleto

    Here’s a new one: the Yankees’ DL has runneth over the depth chart form on their site: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....p?c_id=nyy

  • steves

    A 10 for effort and results so far. A 4 for the sum of the talent being put on the field on a daily basis. A 1 for all the injuries to date and lack of immediate help from DOTF. That puts me at a 5 for this week.

  • Jim Is Bored

    I’m still somewhere between a 6 and a 7. Impressed with what the team has done so far, and each day is one day closer to the return of Granderson, Tex, Jeter, ARod, etc.

    Encouraged by some of the things I’m seeing in the minors, and really encouraged by how Philthy has looked the past few turns. Still worried about the injury bug, the bottom of our lineup, and the back of our rotation.

    But then again, most teams are concerned about those things.

  • zs190

    Was at a 8, but back to 7. Yesterday’s loss was basically a microcosm of what’s happening. Primary SS hurt, backup shortstop hurt, so the backup backup SS with no business playing against RHP is playing and was awful. Primary 3B hurt, backup 3B hurt so backup backup option at 3B is playing and stunk. Primary setup man hurt, backup setup man hurt, LHP/4th best option against RH hitters is out there against RH hitters in the 8th and failed.

    The injured should start coming back in a week or two and things should get better but it’s ugly right now if the starter doesn’t pitch really well. We are fortunate CC, Hirok and Hughes have been really good. Andy’s struggled a bit but hopefully he’s not hurt and it’s just a blip.

  • Eddard

    We were at a 10 last week and we’re still at a 10. We thought they’d take 7/10 on the home stand and that’s exactly what they did. We think they can go 4-4 on the road trip which is just what you want to do. If they can just hold serve for another week, reinforcements will be on the way. It will be up to the pitching to carry us since we’ll lose Hafner’s bat in Colorado. CC and Andy need to turn it around and we think they will.

  • LarryM Fl

    7. I’m quite happy with the 7-3 at home. How can you not be? I’m seeing some younger pitchers getting some oppts. Sure its been about the injury bug but they’re getting a chance. A little disappointed with Nunez at the pate. He should be more productive but hopefully he will get back in the order and start producing with steady at bats. Jayson Nix had a real rough day on Sunday but he is what he is a backup, not a starter. Our pitching seems to be holding together just enough to give us a chance to win. The offense if healthy I’m sure the Yanks could have swept the A’s. I was not impressed with their three starters.

    I wish Romine would play or get sent down to keep working. At least share the work load. How can he learn the staff sitting on the bench eating sun flower seeds. Romine to Francisco, “hey Ben how far can you flick a sun flower seed.”

    IMHO this team has a chance to do some damage if the DL guys come back and produce.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “hey Ben how far can you flick a sun flower seed.”

      I read this completely differently at first and thought, “Dear God, Larry has lost it.”

      • LarryM Fl

        Robinson, I knew I should not have posted it. The last thing I want to do is have folks believe that I have lost it when I probably have.

        Maybe I have lost it. Andy Carey and Gil McDougal did play third for the Yanks when I started to root for them.

        • Betty Lizard

          Hey I got the sunflower seed reference but I want to hear more about your dissapointment with Nunez at the pate. Like, what kind of pate? Was it because he ate too much or too little? You know, details. :-)

          Oh, and I’m a solid 7. Which is very good, really.

          • LarryM Fl

            He does not look as if he eats too much pate which might be a reason for his anemic batting average.

  • trr

    still “6”

    F/O has done a very good job, but injuries keep taking their toll.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Still at 5. We’re 7-8 against teams that are over .500. Good results against weaker teams. A playoff season is maybe, maybe not, based on what I’ve seen so far. Except for Granderson, my feeling is the performance quality of the returnees (Tex, Jeter, And A-Rod) is also a maybe. It’s way too soon to be highly optimistic or pessimistic; the record to date only justifies a hopeful wait-and-see, IMO.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Most teams have a worse record against teams over .500 than they do against teams under .500

      It’d be really really weird for that not to be the case. A year of .500 against teams over .500 generally means you’re going to the playoffs.

      • Vern Sneaker

        But we don’t have a year of .500 against the better teams, and I’m not at all convinced we will, based on what I’ve seen to date. It’s very unclear to me just how good we are or will be. Hence the 5.

        • Jim Is Bored

          I guess I don’t understand the scale people use.

          Does a 5 mean you think we’re in a better position than 50% of the teams in the majors? Does a 5 mean you’re 50% confident we’ll make the playoffs? It’s hard to tell what people mean when they vote a 5.

          My vote is usually relative to the rest of the majors. If I think we’re the best team with the best farm system, I’d average out 10(better than 100% of the other teams) for both categories to get a 10.

          My 7 vote was a mix of thinking we’re better than 80% of the teams right now, and maybe only 60% of the teams in the long run. So in my eyes, a 5 is a pretty bleak position to take.

          • Vern Sneaker

            Interesting point. For me, it means I’m as uncertain as certain as to whether we’ll make the playoffs. I don’t think we’ve played enough games against good teams yet to say we’re better than 70% or 80% of all teams (which would, I agree, get you to the playoffs).

            • Jim Is Bored

              Yeah, and that’s definitely fair. Really just curious more than anything.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              For me, it’s based on a balance between where the team looks in the next few months, where it looks this season, and where it looks for the next several years. This takes, to the best of my knowledge, what I think as to every aspect of the organization.

              A “5,” to me, means that it’s equally likely that the team will be a contender in those situations than it is they won’t be. After that, it’s percentages.

              As we’re a fan of an organization that, much more often than not, tends to out a contender on the field, you are very rarely going to see votes from me that approach the exact middle of the road.

              • Vern Sneaker

                Most years I’m more optimistic, even early. This year’s team sure doesn’t look like any other roster of Yankees I’ve seen for quite a while. I’ve got a warning light flashing in my gut about whether we’re a contender, though I admit it could just be a fan’s anxiety getting the better of me.

  • AndrewYF

    I can’t think of another team that could sustain the injuries the Yankees have to their starting players and play this well. I don’t think the Red Sox so-called ‘injury apocalypse’ even compares to what the Yankees are dealing with here. Still a 7, because injuries are actually bad things, but the risk for dropoff due to exposure of scrubs like Overbay, Stewart, etc is decreased because they’ll likely not be the starters all year.

    • LarryM Fl

      If our starting pitching goes south. You will see the confidence level tank.
      I base my confidence level on all considerations from the players ability to win. Can manager win with the roster given him and the FO ability to provide players from the farm system and outside organization pickups. With a 7 IMHO they have the ability to win if we get the consistent starting pitching. This allows our bullpen when healthy do their magic but the next 8 days will be a test.

  • MannyGeee

    Well, I am tempted to move off the baseline, but the injuries that have sprung up this week have really given me pause. OK, we expected Youk to hit the DL at some point, but Joba/Nunez/Cervelli/Nova/Robertson in any order of severity on top of the “Murderers Row of Broken Toys” has me sitting on a 7 still. This will move up when and if the Yankees come out of this homestand winning both series and we see our boy Grandy back in the fold.

  • YanksFan

    My usual 9. I don’t compare this NYY team to it’s predecessors but to the rest of the league. The usual comments from the offseason:
    1. Baltimore will regress from last year
    2. TB has who on offense. Longoria hurt yet?
    3. Boston is there. Not great, not terrible.
    4. Toronto has just as many ? as the NYY but withhout the team track record of success.

    Nothing’s changed in the last month to say they can’t win the ALE, or at worst a WC. I feel even better with Toronto almost being buried. Boston playing better than I thought and NYY only 1 loss worse with all their injuries. They’ve been able to bring up numberous youngters to fill in. While not top prospects, they are MLB caliber. How many teams can say they have that in AAA?

    For the future, they have numerous top-100 players plus Heisly, Banuelos, DePaula and Campos. They’ve given themselves a shot that some of them will break right along with some other players who are MLB caliber.

    • Jim Is Bored

      There’s no indication Baltimore will be doing any regressing, up to this point. They’re a good young team, and their pythag actually matches their record right now.

      • Get Phelps Up

        I still am not buying their rotation outside of Chen and Hammel.