Some Unit quotes from last night:
“You aren’t going to do it every time,” Johnson said. “I felt like after the St. Louis game and after the Pittsburgh game the location was better in those games. Today it was evident that it wasn’t. But I have a chance to pitch in five days and do much better.”
From the YES post game, Randy said: “Nothing was working tonight. I just didn’t execute. My location was off considerably.”
Personally, I’m willing to wait and see how Randy does in his next start before I start throwing dirt on his casket. It could just be that Sweet Lou knows something about Unit that others don’t? See the last game that Johnson pitched against TB.
In fact, if you take out Johnson’s two starts against TB this year, his ERA goes from just-slightly-over-four (4.02) to three-point-three. An ERA of 3.30 in the AL is nothing to cry about.
This could just be like Pettitte in Game 6 of the 2001 World Series where it’s a pitch tipping thing? And, Lou is the one who knows what Johnson is doing. The next start by Johnson will tells us just as much as the start from last night.