If I had to guess right now, at this moment, I would say that Matsui is going to miss 6 to 8 weeks with his broken left wrist. That seems to be the timetable for baseball players with these things. (That’s what they said when Jeremy Reed and Derrek Lee broke their wrists.)
Back on February 26th, I wondered what would happen if Godzilla or Sheffield went down for an extended period. Now, with both out, it’s even more scary.
It probably means a lot more PA for Bubba Crosby and Bernie Williams – knowing Torre. That’s like spotting the other team 2 free innings in a game – because you know that Bubba & Bernie are a lock for 6 easy outs per game (combined).
Regarding the game today, Jim Kaat said it best on the YES coverage: Whoever wins this game will be happy to get the win and whoever will lose the game will regret all the chances that they had to win it.
So many Yankees looked like they were playing hung over tonight. (And, for what it’s worth, I don’t believe what Giambi said to Kay – when asked why he showed up at the park in the same clothes as yesterday. Superstitious? Yeah, sure. Sounds more like a “I hit a HR against the Red Sox” night out on the town.)
Bottom line, now, with Sheffield and Matsui out, it’s time for Damon to start hitting better – and for guys like Giambi and A-Rod to be on their game everyday. (And, Jeter, Cano and Posada can just keep doing what they’re doing.) Otherwise, we’re going to start seeing more and more games where the Yankees only score three runs.