In the 1996 World Series, Bernie Williams hit a HR off Greg McMichael (on a high change-up). After the game, Braves manager Bobby Cox was asked about the homer and he said something like “Bernie got a hanging change-up and did what he was supposed to do with that pitch – he hit the crap out of it.”
That’s how I see these games against the Royals. The Yankees are supposed to beat the crap out of Kansas City. So, these are good wins in my mind – as the Yankees did what they’re supposed to do.
But, the big story today is Randy Johnson. As this is being penned, I don’t know all the details on why he came out – just a rumor that it might be a strained oblique muscle. If this is true, and it’s bad, we could be looking at 6 weeks without the Big Unit.
Rich Harden (of the A’s) spent May 14 to June 20 on the disabled list last year with a strained left oblique muscle. The Indians’ C.C. Sabathia strained an oblique muscle on Opening Day this season and he’s pegged to miss 3-5 weeks.
If you apply these time tables to Johnson, it means you see him again on June 1st. And, if that’s true, folks, then that’s real bad news.