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Fan Confidence Poll: April 28th, 2014

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Record Last Week: 4-2 (32 RS, 31 RA)
Season Record: 15-10 (107 RS, 115 RA, 12-13 pythag. record)
Opponents This Week: Mon. OFF, vs. Mariners (three games, Tues. to Thurs.), vs. 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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  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Back up to 8.

    Would love to see some roster stabilization here, especially with the infield and back-end of the bullpen. They keep on finding a way to get the job done, though, and that’s all we can ask for. It’ll all happen soon enough.

    Hopefully, Pineda comes back strong and we figure out a way to solidify that fifth starter’s slot moving forward, even if that means looking outside the org.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    We’re at a 16, the highest we’ve ever been. We’re just tickled to death with all the weapons this ballclub has at its disposal. With Gardner and Solarte there is no weak spot in the lineup from top to bottom.

    Tanaka is an ace, I think Pineda is a solid #2, CC has come around to a 3. Hiroki is the concern. The 5th starter I’m not worried about as long as Hiroki is pitching well. BGDP has an audition coming up.

    People say this is an average pen but look how they shut down Trout and Pujols these past 2 days in 1 run ballgames. Kelley, Warren, Drob all shut em down. I thought Kelley was the MVP of Saturday’s game and Warren the MVP of Sunday’s.

    Managing Joe is ok. He really botched that Jeter AB last night and sort of lucked out that the Angels threw the game away, literally. Jacoby should have been at 2nd by the end of that Jeter AB whether it was by bunt or preferably by steal.

    • The Great Gonzo

      “…Hiroki is the concern…”

      EddardWorld Sample Sizes FTW!

      • Pineda Colada

        But for some reason…I like him

        • The Great Gonzo

          Don’t ever say that again. Seriously.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            I would have gone with the classic “then why don’t you marry him?”

  • I’m One

    Still holding at a 7 as I wait to see how the MiLB guys develop during the season. The MLB team has me wanting to move towards an 8, evven with the Nova injury, but again, I’ll hold back as I wait to see what the team does longer term. Even if Banuelos excels and is promoted this season or at the beginning of next season, they’ll need one more starter until Nova shows he’s back to being a realistic option. I expect a move of some kind by mid-season, but we’ll see.

    I am pretty bullish on this season. Seems like this team can go far, even with Nova out and Pineda missing a start.

  • Dropped Third

    I’m at a 7

    C.C. has looked good of late which really bolsters the pitching staff however it would be nice to see the Yankees pick up a fifth starter at the deadline because if Kuroda or C.C. catch an injury were starting Phelps and Nuno in the rotation.

    Offense has been good and Solarte, Johnson and even B-Rob have looked decent so far. I don’t know if Solarte can stay hot or Roberts and Johnson can stay healthy however.

    IMO the team needs are ranked as follows:
    -Starting caliber infield bat (2nd, SS or Third)
    -Late inning Reliever
    -5th starter

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I’m surprised “late-inning reliever” is still on your list with how well both Kelley and Warren have done setting up Robertson. If anything, I feel the help is needed on the opposite end. Even there, it’s just a matter of pieces settling into place.

      It wouldn’t surprise me to see Betances insert himself more into the late-inning conversation and begin to get some 6th/7th inning work in higher-leverage situations.

      • RetroRob

        My faith in the Yankees ability to build bullpens every year remains. Montgomery will be an option, and Jose Ramirez could be a significant add the second half, health willing.

  • Yan Solo

    8. Areas to improve for sure. Avoid the lopsided losses/wins and just win a steady stream of series. Get Pineda back and stop the rotating pitching staff between Scranton. Balance things out and get into a sustained rhythm. All things considered, great start to the season.

    • Yan Solo

      Part of that 8 is for a pretty good start DotF. Fun watching the prospects do well and give us glimpses for the future. Last year was rough all the way around in the system.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      I’d be perfectly content with only avoiding the lopsided losses.

      • Yan Solo

        Haha. Very true, I guess I worded it the way I did because they will finish in the middle of the road in the end if all they do is win or lose by big margins. Not that I want to see one-run games every day, but all or nothing isn’t going to cut it in the end.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I’d take having every loss being 20-1 if we just lost less games. :)

  • CS Yankee

    8

    Nova going down and Pineda being whatever hurts but Teix slowly waking up and Tanaka already showing he is one of the game’s best is nice.

    Hoping for a Kuroda rebound this week, bummer we get Price again while the Sox miss him again but at least he’s been rocked two out of three of his most recent starts.

    Double-edge sword on Tanaka…understand that Joe wants to always give him that extra day whenever he can, but on the other hand if he always gets the extra days it’ll tax the other arms a bit more plus 3-4 starts from Phelps/whoever versus Tanaka could likely costs them a couple to three wins at years-end.

  • The Great Gonzo

    Even with obvious glaring holes in the infield and bullpen (as well as depleted help from some guys who should be playing better), this team continues to find ways to win games. Plus, the guys in the farm who are supposed to be hitting… actually seem to be.

    And to top it all off, the Red Sox look exactly like what we thought they were. Icing on the cake. Enjoy the sun, because we know the storm will come soon enough.

    Living in the moment, voting an 8.

  • Prussian General Jordan Brink

    9.

    Getting production up and down the lineup.

    Bullpen has been stellar. not much more you ask for. We win the close games, so even if pythag is bad, we can get those extra wins to make the playoffs.

    Cc getting better. Not worried about kuroda, not yet. Teach Pineda how to cheat better and evrrything will be fine. Nuno/Phelps should do fine as 5th starters.

  • Pineda Colada

    I think it’s hilarious that during the off season everyone is always so low on this team I remember many 5s and 6s but as soon as we win some games it’s all 8s and 16s (even tho that’s an eddard score) just funny to see how a couple actual baseball games can change an outlook

    • Yangeddard Solarte

      Not me buddy. I started at a 10, that’s how confident I was. I loved the Ellsbury signing and most people hated it. Now they love it. I loved the other signings and letting Robbie Cano go as well. I wasn’t just on the Solarte bandwagon from the start, I created it. It’s like the Joker said, I’m not a monster I’m just ahead of the curve.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I think most commenters are pretty steady in the numbers they assign to how they’re feeling at the moment.

      It’s not crazy to look at a team, before major moves are made, and be a “6,” then like how the finished product is playing and vote an “8.” That’s not a lot of variance.

      • Yan Solo

        Agreed, I was at 6/7 all off season, so going to an 8/9 right now is totally justified with a strong start all the way around for the organization.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          And the numbers really don’t matter much to me. The justification for my 8 is probably not all THAT different for why someone voted a 5 or 6.

      • Pineda Colada

        I agree it’s just funny if we lose to the Mariners this week or just have a bad week next poll everyone’s back at a 6 or something it’s interesting to see the curve matches up so well w the ups and downs of the team

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          That is bound to happen with some commenters, but I really doubt it happens with most.

    • Holy Ghost

      To be honest, it’s still early and there’s still time for a lot of guys on this team to come back to Earth(ie Solarte).

      However, having enough depth to keep guys like Solarte, Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson from needing to start every game is a huge plus.

      It also helps that there seems to be a lot more parity in the AL this year. We may end up being the least mediocre of a bunch of mediocre lineups in the AL.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I think your second point is key here. If Solarte comes back down to earth, you’ve got other pieces that can fill in.

  • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

    Voted 0 because attendance.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      You must stay until 1:00 AM on a Sunday night game, or else you’re not as good a fan as the guy who slept outside the stadium after the game.

    • ropeadope

      lol, I wondered who voted 0. Figured it was just a jealous Red Sox fan.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        I didn’t actually. Just poking fun at the “Our fans suck now” crowd.

        • ropeadope

          Haha, had me fooled. Guess it was a Red Sox fan then.

  • SamVa

    8

    For those citing lineup as a strength- as of today the OBP leader is Solarte. It was nice to see Tex hit one with authority last night (who is second in OBP) , but McCann OPSing in the 600′s is worrisome (albeit small sample size)
    Sori swings at everything, but that’s nothing new, don’t think he should be batted so high up in the lineup.

    The non-power hitters (with the addition of Beltran) have been carrying the team.

    The game last night was won with pitching. Starting pitching is a plus 3 maybe 4 times through the rotation, which is nice. The pen looks solid, Betances could end up being a force in the late innings. Kelley still worries me every time he’s out there, regardless of the situation. Warren has been a very pleasant surprise.

    Hope they continue taking advantage of the speed of Gardy and Jack, and Roberts/Solarte/Johnson prove to be a productive tandem in the IF.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Kelley did a rather remarkable job filling in for DRob. I wonder what else he needs to do to gain the confidence of others sometimes.

      • SamVa

        Personal thing- Kelley has been great, he just freaks me out for some reason. I think he gets slider happy sometimes.

        Must be anxiety or something for me.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Totally fine with that. A month certainly doesn’t mean “proven.” I’m just saying he’s really looked good thus far and did a great job filling in.

        • Sparky Lyle

          Slider happy? No such thing. He doesn’t throw it enough!

  • Deep Thoughts

    Just saying, this team started 15-10 last year too. I thought all the 4s and 5s this off-season were extreme in one direction; now I wonder if the 8s aren’t discounting the possibility of injuries a bit too much.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      “now I wonder if the 8s aren’t discounting the possibility of injuries a bit too much.”

      I wonder if you put too much stock into the numbers rather than reading the rationale in the comments.

      And if you seriously think last year’s 15-10 was equivalent to this years’, I’m worried for you.

      • mustang

        That’s two us who are worry

    • SamVa
      • mustang

        THIS!!!!!

      • RetroRob

        2013 Opening Day lineup was a nightmare. Don’t post that again. It will cause nightmares.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          What exactly IS a Ben Francisco?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      People use their numbers to mean different things on here.

    • The Great Gonzo

      There is a SUPER vast difference between last years’ 15-10 and this years.

    • mustang

      “Just saying, this team started 15-10 last year too.”

      If your trying to say that its early in season then you have a point, but all you can say.

  • Looser trader droids Kenobi FotD™

    6.

    The farm has been a pleasant surprise on the whole, but with Nova gone, CC improving but still a question, and Kuroda meh, I can’t go higher than that.

    I don’t pay attention to the pythag record at this point. SSS with a few blowouts and the thing is too skewed for now.

    Still a 6.

  • JFH

    Loving Tanaka, and Pineda (pine tar incident, aside. I am happy with the evolving CC and bullpen too. I love our outfield.

    Still have concerns with infield defense & middle of the lineup production. Not loving the -8 run differential. Also, not sold on the farm system yet. So, I remain a 5.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      “Not loving the -8 run differential.”

      Should read: “Indifferent towards run differential over a 25 game sample that included a few games where Bruce Billings and Shane Greene saw action”

      • JFH

        Agreed on the small amount of data thus far, and non-regular players involved. But, it is all I have to go on this year so far. Last year was much the same, however. I would like to see the offensive trend change soon.

  • John Duci

    9.. Why is everyone still questioning the infield defense? Solarte is a stud at 3rd and same for Tex at first. KJ and Roberts are solid at 2nd too. The only one people are still question is Jeter. That’s fine he is horrible at defense. But the rest of the infield is good. Pitching is still strong. Nova injury hurts I thought he was really going to breakout this year. tanaka is an ace. Pineda needs pinetar to be good obviously so I’m a little worried about him. Hopefully they find a solution for that. CC and Kuroda are the best 3 and 4 starters in the game I’m not worried about either of them. CC has been awesome actually. Bullpen is filthy probably one of the best in the game. And the offense is pretty good I like the balance there’s going to be different guys carrying the load for different stretches but overall it’s definetly top 10. This team is good.

    • Kosmo

      KJ has played a total of 2 innings at 2B. At times Roberts has been a little shaky on D. KJ is a merely adequate hitter with some pop. Roberts has hit around .230 the last 4 years. Still remains to be seen what kind of production KJ and Roberts will provide this season.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I never want to be called a Pollyanna again. It’s just not allowed anymore.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        Once you’re above a certain threshhold of polyanna, the negative nancies can’t tell the difference between the different levels.

        • Kosmo

          whatever that means.

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

            If you don’t know, you won’t know.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Yes, but I will now make the strong argument that the Negative Nancies are actually be biggest Pollyanna’s of all. Their negativity comes from their bubble being busted.

          The rest of us sit here, hopeful but realistic, but jumping to conclusions when things go wrong because we expect that things will ebb and flow throughout.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            THE biggest.

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

            Those are some weak-ass bubbles.

  • mustang

    8

    They had a few problems, but have managed them. They are in 1st place in the division by 2.5 tied for first in the league and have the third best record in MLB. With 2 days left in April they won’t be any worse then 3 games over .500 and could be as high 7 over I will take that in a heart beat.

  • Andrew

    If the playoffs started today, I wonder how they’d line up the pitching staff. Assuming full rest and no Pineda suspension, does it go Tanaka, Pineda, CC, Kuroda? I feel like it should, just curious if they’d do that since it makes the most sense to me, or if they’d still put CC first

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I’d say there’s more than a non-zero chance CC goes first, but I can’t imagine Pineda going second unless things trend really well from here on out.

  • nycsportzfan

    Been at 8 since mid winter. Having a 1st place record with top notch pitching isn’t changing that. So i’m still at 8.

  • David

    Why isn’t there an 11 on this poll? My poll goes all the way up to 11

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Not moving off a 7. That would imply I actually voted, which I did not. Still concerned about the revolving bullpen, Phelps/Nuno in the rotation and the lineup’s somewhat Jekyll & Hyde tendencies.

    I am somewhat encouraged by the early results from the farm system, however.