Fan Confidence Poll: May 20th, 2013

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Record Last Week: 4-3 (27 RS, 21 RA)
Season Record: 27-16 (184 RS, 159 RA, 25-18 pythag. record), 0.5 games up in AL East
Opponents This Week: @ Orioles (three games, Mon. to Weds.), Thurs. OFF @ Rays (three games, Fri. to Sun.)

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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?
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  • Eddard

    We’ve been at a 10 for a month now and tonight’s pitching matchup gives us all the more reason to stay put. CC vs Freddy. I know YCPBB but come on.

    They’re in 1st place, they just got a much needed day off and the reinforcements are trickling in. Next will be Joba, Teixera and Youk. Jete and Cervelli in July. Just imagine what the lineup will look like when everyone is fully healthy.

    The pitching staff is one of the best in baseball. And one thing the injuries have forced the FO to do is to play the kids so we’re seeing the emergence of Adams, Warren, Preston and Nuno. Hopefully this means they’ll be more willing to go down to AAA in the future instead of getting a washed up veteran like Ben Francisco.

    • mitch

      I think the way they handle the kids is fine. I’d rather they give them a little extra time in AAA. A couple weeks ago every Yankees fan would have rather seen them call up Montgomery over Claiborne. Since then, Preston has been solid since his call-up and Monty has hit a little roadblock in AAA. Obviously this is just one small example, but they seem to have a pretty good gauge on who’s ready to contribute and who isn’t.

    • CountryClub

      Don’t forget those other washed up veterans like Wells, Overbay and Hafner.

      Don’t get me wrong, I like watching the kids play too. But most of the time, those “washed up” vets are better than the kids in the farm.

      • Caballo Sin Nombre

        But the difference is that Wells, Overbay and Hafner were, until recently, either stars or, at least, established ML regulars. They’ve proven they can play at the ML level. Ben Francisco has never done that. While I think it may sometimes be a good idea to give an unproven talent a chance, sticking with them after they fail multiple tests seems to me a bad choice.

        • CountryClub

          It’s been quite some time since any of those guys were stars. Or Chavez, Colon, Jones, etc…

          You are right, Francisco never had close to the career that those guys did. I was just pointing out that the Yanks seem to know what they’re doing with these pickups far more than they don’t.

          Francisco will be gone soon enough. He’s only started 3 of the past 22 games. The writing appears to be on the wall…

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      I enjoy that you refer to your selves as “We.”

      • The Real Me

        It’s the multiple personalities. I’m always careful when responding to him/them because I’m never sure which one wrote the post or will answer it. :-)

      • MannyGeee

        “The Royal We” in EddardWorld is a whole different thing.

  • Jersey Joe

    The fact that Ben Francisco is on the team brings me down from an 8.5 to 8.2. So I can’t round up, but I like that Granderson is back, and reinforcements are on the way. I like that we have Adams, Warren, Caliborne, and Nuno up in the bigs. Really like what Hafner, Nix, Overbay, etc. have done to carry the offense when no one expected them to do so.

    Just make Ben Francisco leave.

    Please Cashman.


    • trr

      Let’s be honest here, Francisco is small potatoes, on the roster primarily becuase he is a RH bat. Yes, he has been dreadful in the small sample we’ve seen, and there is nothing in his past career to compare with Wells, Hafner, or even Overbay. Be assured, he will be gone in due time…

    • Andy

      Per Lohud:

      Cashman said he did not consider cutting Ben Francisco (for Brignac), but it was clear he understands fans are frustrated with Francisco’s play.

      “In terms of you fan comments’ section, just tell everyone I’m holding on to him to piss everybody off,” he joked.

      Cashman is awesome.

      • The Real Me

        Gives us fans something to bitch about. What would we do if we didn’t have our “Treats” to complain about?

  • trr

    still @ ‘7’
    Love the resilence and the overall performance of the team in the face of adversity; wondering how the team will piece together once the injured start returning; hope that performance and not salary or “star power” will dictate playing time. A little disappointed in some of the performances (so far) at the minor league level, but we need to be patient.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    still a 6.

    ML team is doing very well but it seems like every week another guy gets injured. At least Granderson is back and maybe Tex will be back within a month too. Plus the homegrown players on the ML team are surprisingly productive.

    So far half of the top prospects are having a disappointing season, especially the 4 top outfielders. I’m glad to see Jose Ramirez and Rafael DePaula seem to put together a season that should raise their value a lot

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Until last season Jose Ramirez was considered by many to be a bust. In 2011 he had an 8+ ERA in Tampa and was demoted to Charleston where he put up an ERA just short of 5. Then in 2012, everything clicked. Now he’s probably the most highly regarde arm in the system

      Prospect watching/hugging takes lots of patience. To write anyone off after 2 bad months or even 2 bad years is foolish. The talent is there, you just never know when, or if, it will take.

  • Manny’s BanWagon


    Couldn’t ask for more weathering the injury shit storm that hit the team.

    Only real negative IMO is that many if not most of the teams top prospects have been struggling so far but it’s still early.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’d love to meet the 19 people who make up the non-Eddard extreme of 1’s or 10’s.

    • trr

      Haters, Trolls, or cockeyed optimists would be my guess….

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      The 10s and 1s should be thrown out when Mike plots the average score. Both are opposite ends of lunacy.

      • Eddard

        If believing in a 1st place team is lunacy I don’t want to be sane.

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          I think you have no worries

          • MannyGeee

            yup… this.

      • YanksFan

        Some of it my be to throw out the 1’s. I vote a 9 becuase I feel they they are in the top 6 in MLB for what they have in the bigs and the potential in the minors. Some people may feel they are in the top 3. How many of the 10’s may be people like me who move up 1 spot to cancel the idiocy of the 1’s? I did not do those but I believe Jim is Bored has mentioned it in the past.

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          Why not vote what you think instead of trying to “cancel out the 1’s”, whatever that means.

          • Dalek Jeter

            This is what I mean…people look at interactions on the web as altercations. The uber positives have to beat the trolls and the trolls have to be victorious over the positives (or just piss them off) and that’s fun to watch.

          • YanksFan

            I agree. I also have less of a problem with someone voting 10 than I do 1. This is a first place team, with a 20 year history and a boderline top-10 farm system. Much more reason for optimism than pessimism.

      • Dalek Jeter

        That’s why I want to meet them!! I love talking crazy!

    • jjyank

      I sometimes vote a 10 for shits and giggles, but I didn’t today. In reality, I’m an 8. I never understood how someone could vote a 1.

  • I’mVernonI’mVernon4U

    Voted a 6 but really feel like a 7. I become less and less worried about this year with each passing day. Once the regulars are back, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.

    Some nice draft picks this year will go along way to pushing my baseline up to a solid 7.

  • BK2ATL


    Very surprising season so far. The low-key offseason moves have paid off. Hats off to Cashman to staying the course and working his plan. And also to Girardi, who I’ve been pretty critical of in the past. They’ve both made sugar from what appeared to be a pretty shitty roster on opening day.

    It’s crazy to see how badly the “off-season FA winners” have been performing so far. I never really bought into the Toronto, LA Dodgers and Angels moves, but didn’t expect them to perform so poorly so soon. I truly hope that as our regulars (Grandy, Tex, A-Rod, Jeter, etc.) come back, that they perform as expected or better.

    We need to re-sign Cano. I’m already thinking that this deal gets done sooner rather than later.

    Really like what I’m seeing from the kids. Underrated Nuno still pitching well. Warren filling in capably. Adams and Romine making strong cases for consideration in 2014.

    Back up from 6 to 7 due to the encouraging reports on DePaula and Ramirez down on the farm. These kids sound a helluva lot more than “organization arms.” Hope their success continues and they get moved up to higher competition very soon. Plus, Pineda is on the way back.

    Good stuff already and we’re trending upwards.

  • LarryM Fl

    I voted 7+ which I have been for about one month. Honestly if Jeter was playing with Youklis and teix. in the lineup. I would be higher than 7+. My reason is simply the names in the lineup and their ability to continue the excellent play. But in defense for the team on the field they play within themselves and its sound baseball which win games not high payroll. So the level of play can continue with the present roster and I would not be surprised.

    On another note I like the influx of younger guys to the roster. Cashman is vigilant of possible moves with other clubs to improve the roster. ALL in all I’m pleasantly surprised.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Finally back up to my baseline 8. I believe in the 2010 All Star Team!

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Also, apparently Tyler Austin was NOT looking good Friday night.

  • CS Yankee

    Move off the 7 to an 8 ’cause what else can you do.

    These boys are playing real well and I’m beginning to think there won’t be no Teix or Jeet in 2013…just a feeling. Overbay, Youk and Arod will have to be the calvary (less maybe a ninja signing/trade).

  • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    I’m at 8.

    Have to love the feel of this team right now they just keeping winning in fact they haven’t lost more then 2 in a row all season.
    Not loving what some of the kids are doing in the minors, but like this commenter points out:

    viridiana says:
    May 20, 2013 at 8:26 am
    Yes, and here’s another young Yankee OF prospect who “failed” in his first crack at AA. Hit just .252. Year was 1989. Bust by the name of Bernie Williams.

    things sometimes have a way of working out.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    I guess I’ll just never understand folks that rate less than a 7 when we’re in first place, have a hall of fame’s worth of starters on track to join later this year, and have names like Sanchez and Montgomery moving up the ladder.

  • MannyGeee

    I am also finally off my baseline 7 and are bumping up to a HOT 8! I love the way this team is playing right now. And to boot, the rest of the Division seems to have cooled off a touch (save for the Rays).