Fan Confidence Poll: March 10th, 2014

Cardinals agree to four-year deal with Aledmys Diaz
Betances and Cabral standing out early in spring bullpen competition

Spring Training Record: 7-4-1 (58 RS, 44 RA)
Spring Training Games This Week: Mon. OFF, @ Nationals (Tues.), vs. Tigers (Weds. on YES, MLBN), vs. Orioles (Thurs., split squad on YES), @ Phillies (Thurs., split squad), vs. Twins (Fri. on YES), @ Orioles (Sat., split squad on MLBN), vs. Marlins (Sat., split squad in Panama), vs. Braves (Sun., split squad on YES), vs. Marlins (Sun. split squad in Panama)

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Cardinals agree to four-year deal with Aledmys Diaz
Betances and Cabral standing out early in spring bullpen competition
  • I’m One

    No reason to change just yet. The pitching staff seems like it could be a strength (starters and, somewhat surprisingly, the relievers, at least the ones expected to make the team). Jeter playing regularly and looking at least adequate in the field. Teix begining to play in games. Banuelos actually pitching. Pineda appearing he has a chance at being more than a #5 at some point in the future.

    Still waiting for Cahsman to make that one last March move. Doubt it’s enough to move me up to an 8, but you never know.

    • nycsportzfan

      I’ve been 8. This team is and has been underrated all winter long. No surprise trending upwards to me.

  • Tanakapalooza Floozy

    5, but definitely trending higher.

    • pablos ham sammich

      5, but undoubtedly trending higher.

      • pablos fatty brisket

        5, but undoubtedly anal-beading higher.

  • Eddardo Nuney

    We’re at a 10. We think the sky is the limit for this ballclub. They’ll have the best OF in the game and the pitching is there. Phelps proved again why he should be in the rotation. That’s 5 solid starters if CC can live up to his contract. They need some help in the IF but that will come at the trade deadline. Bullpen will be strong again. Biggest weakness is GM and how the farm system is managed. Not a damn thing has been done about that.

    • Mr. Roth

      Did you just refer to yourself in the majestic plural?

      • I’m One

        As always. I suspect multiple personalities.

        • jjyank

          Well, it wouldn’t be much of a “world” if EddardWorld had a population of one, now would it?

  • Nate B

    I still don’t get how people are so confident. I really don’t. I love my Yankees, but their infield, as a unit, is at best average, and at worst . . . well lets put it this way, it’s not a stretch to think that Jeter, Roberts and Teixera could all get injured this season again. The guy I’m least worried about is Jeter. Yikes! That would leave Kelly Johnson as our veteran infielder.

    The rotation is a huge question mark too. What will C.C. be? Is Tanaka a lock to be great? Nova is still Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. And the 5th starter . . . Phelps and Warren are the same guy, and they are overexposed as starters.

    The farm system: No major personnel changes were made over the offseason, and everyone knows it’s needed. They have really no “sure thing” guys waiting in AAA, and you all know that our infield is going to need help sometime during the season.

    I’m not all doom and gloom, but come on, there’s a difference between being hopeful, which I am, and being confident. I am more confident in Boston being not as good as there were last year than I am in the Yankees future right now. I think they’ll be better than they were last year, because they weren’t all that good last year.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Fair enough. It’s certainly your right to be a bit more glass half-empty if you wish. We need all kinds.

      • nyyankfan_7

        Do we really need all kinds? I know the old saying goes that we do, but really do we? Would the human race die off if everyone was a glass half full person?

        • Havok9120

          Yes, probably. But sports does not equal politics, diplomacy, or economics.

          Would the human race die off if every sports fan was glass half full? No. Still better to have other opinions though.

    • nycsportzfan

      Do you think other teams have no questions? CC was terrible last yr and WON 15games, and looks to be in fantastic shape and isn’t exactly old, so I’d say hes done more then enough to earn are optimism this yr, and Nova has all ready WON 16games in a season and pitched to a 3.10ERA last yr, and looks like he could be a number2 or 3 starter, and Tanaka’s got Ace stuff, and then you got Phelps, Warren, and Nuno, who’ve all been good in limited roles, as depth, and even super high upside guys like Pineda and ManBan are in the fold this yr.

      As for the offense, the blend of power and speed is 2nd to none, and the OF defense is scary good, and if theres ever a guy i’m gonna not bet against bouncing back its Derek Jeter, who looks very healthy this spring, might I add.

      Our Bullpen isn’t extremely deep, but the reason I liked it so much is my belief in either Mark Montgomery, Dellin Betances, becoming monster in the pen, to join all ready good D-Rob, Kelley, Thornton.etc Add in guys like Cabral, who looks like a steal for the Yanks, and the fact one if not 2 of Nuno, Warren, and Phelps will fill out the Pen, has to make you like the odds of success there.

      The only place the yanks lack in the least bit is IF depth, which I like Ed Nunez alot more then most, so i’m not nearly as worried about it as some.

      Go look at the Redsox. They are starting Bogarets and Middlebrooks on the left side of the infield, super injury prone Bucholz in the rotation, and brittle Napoli at 1st. Shoot, they are even going with unknown Jackie Bradley Jr to start.

      Way more questions, and they are the WS champs for petes sake.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Still at my fluid 8. So far, so good. The players who we hoped would step up have looked good these first couple of weeks. There appear to be signs of players stepping up in those positions we view as soft spots on the team so far. Still plenty to go here, but they’ve been almost spotless with setbacks thus far.

  • The Great Gonzo

    Alright, imma say it. The Pineda outing last week bumped me from the baseline up to an 8, and not just for 2014.

    If Pineda can prove that he is both as focused and healthy as Anibal Sanchez has been since he had the same injury (not to mention his stuff is flat out better…). then the kid will be a beast. Sure, SSS alert and all that shit, but I have never been more excited to follow a pitcher back from injury as I am about Pineda… And I damn near camped out at Dr James Andrews house after JobaPalooza…

    Now, if we just had a real infield.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      There seems to be real dirt, sturdy bases, and a good grounds crew. I’d say that’s a good start for a real……oh.

      • The Great Gonzo

        well played, Mauer.

        But, if there is in fact an infield, but you can’t see it because there is too much goddam snow, does it really exist?


  • Havok9120

    Baseline 6. The euphoria of BASEBALL has worn off a bit now. I will say that if the next two weeks go something like the last two, I’ll be hard pressed not to go to a 7. The 5th starter candidates and the main bullpen contenders have all looked quite nice.

    • The Great Gonzo

      Your baseline disappoints me.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        It’s like it’s not even really him. Hmmmm.

        Kidding. I don’t care about numbers as much as rationale.

      • Havok9120

        I just like having more room for nuance between “all is pretty much fine” and “holy crap, the new dynasty has arrived!”

    • Mr. Roth

      I’m right there with you at a 6.

  • stuckey

    I’m ‘confident’ that Yankees fans will actually experience an honest-to-goodness baseball season this year.

    As opposed to feeling ‘confident’ the team is a 102 win team on paper and then spending a 162 games criticizing line-ups, Girardi’s in-game management, and a LOT of general hand-wringing on the way to 96 disappointing wins, this team may have the ability to surpass expectations on the way to a postseason berth.

    Of course the wringers are gonna wring, but exceeding predictions, surprising fans and instilling a sense of achievement rather than relief would be a welcome change to what we’ve become accustomed to.

  • Mike HC

    7. Cautiously optimistic.

  • Makun-A Ta-Naka

    9. I agree with Jorge’s optimism.

    Pineda looked good and most importantly, salvageable. Jeter is running as good as any other 40 year old. Tanaka has displayed poise on and off the field. Betances is emerging as a possible 7th/8th inning stud.

    Every health question mark seems to be in one piece thus far. Rotation and bullpen races are close early due to success instead of mediocrity. It’s good stuff, don’t ruin my 9 guys!

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Screen name win here.

      But who were you before?

  • HectorLopez

    Team will contend and if they do struggle they will acquire help at the deadline. Pretty confident in this team right now, of course the injury outlook is great right now, but Roberts, Jeter, Tex are all potential injury situations.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    At a solid 8, now that Pineda’s throwing well enough to strike out Ajax and Miggy, and as ManBan is actually on a mound again.

    Plus Teixeira’s hitting the ball without wincing in pain, and Jeter’s looking mobile (he made some good plays in yesterday’s game.)

    • Kosmo

      I don´t read much into Pineda striking out Cabrera in early March. Can he do it with an uptick in velocity come let´s say May 1st ?

      Brewers scouting Cervelli ? Something brewing ? Francisco, Weeks and Aramis are the names being mentioned.

      I think as of right now NY is fielding a pretty damn good team. Health and age are the two things I´m most concerned about.

      I see a 90+ win team in the making.

    • Havok9120

      No one has mentioned that, but that was a lot of field work, and he looked pretty good.

      • Kosmo

        Pineda definitely has the “stuff“ to be successful.

  • CS Yankee

    8…hoping to be a 10 by Opening Day.

    I wish the season started tomorrow, as no vets are injured the pitching looks awesome and well I want to see some real baseball.

    A lot of good stories so far…Dealin Dellin, Pitching Pineda, Beltran Belting, Kelly Klobbering…ok, I’ll stop.

  • Farewell Mo

    As long as the possibility of a Drew-Solarte middle infield combo still exists, I’m at a 10.

  • Betty Lizard

    Back to my baseline 8. Still longing for a less fragile infield situation (the players, not the grass) but really looking forward to watching this team play baseball. And I’m optimistic about CC (“With Andy [‘s wisdom] all things are possible . . . )

    (and yeah, I’m just a bit disappointed we didn’t sign Diaz as I was thinking seriously about the Lizard Alarms Diaz handle.)

  • BK2ATL

    I’m still at 7, and I think I’ll be there for now.

    I like what was done in the offseason. I like what we’re seeing and hearing Tanaka, Pineda and Betances so far. Banuelos is back pitching. Campos and Ramirez to follow. Hensley down the line. Sizemore and Anna seem like good depth pieces for now, but MLB ready pieces.

    We have catching-depth and Phelps actually pitched well with scouts’ eyes on him, pushing up his value. A minor trade or two for younger infield players, AND an Ichiro for Putz-like back-end BP trade and I’m up to an 8, maybe more.

    I like where we’re headed. I hope that our recent top prospects (Williams, Sanchez, Austin, Heathcott, Judge, Jagielo and Clarkin, amongst others) finally put together solid + years, and increase their values. As blleek as it might seem on the farm, we might be on the cusp of something big. Then, combined with news of an upcoming international spending spree later this year, very positive uptick coming our way.

  • monterowasdinero

    I will go with 6. Old and MRI-prone is worrisome.

    Losing the greatest closer of all time will hurt us in many close ballgames that we are sure to be in. How could it not?

    • CS Yankee

      Because Drob has actually been better over the last couple of years.

      The 7th/8th innings are where it’ll be a wildcard, however most games aren’t decided in the late innings…poor teams lose maybe 5-6 more games than the best teams come late innings.

      Infield health, Middle relief and the fist pump are their three biggest worries.

  • nycsportzfan

    I love it. Called increased 8’s as time went on about a month ago. Keep it going my friends. Yanks are gonna be beasts this yr.