NEW YORK – The weak crumble here. Too much city, too many bright lights, too much history. It melts uncertainty into pools of failure and then snickers at the collapse. It challenges, scoffs, trumpets. It humbles. It absolutely shrieks mismatch. Johnson, who is something like 7 feet tall and throws 250 mph, vs. Byrd, who actually does throw hard enough to break glass and gets by largely on smarts and experience. It has all the makings of the most one-sided playoff matchup since, oh, USC-Oklahoma. “We’re pleased to be going home,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “We can do it at home. “If (Johnson) comes up big for us and we play well behind him and score him some runs, then we have a chance to close it out here.” Can put down these pesky Angels and move onto bigger things, the kinds of things Yankees fans believe are part of their natural birthright. There is one problem with this theory that the feeble are exposed at Yankee Stadium, the nerves frayed, insecurities magnified: The Angels have been immune to the aura of Yankee Stadium. They win here. Not every time, but enough to believe they can win here every time. They split the opening two division series games here in 2002, and should have won the opener. They split the six regular-season games here this year. And come here tonight respectful of the House that Ruth Built, but not intimidated by it. “Our focus is not who we’re playing or where we’re playing, but how we’re playing the game,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think that helps when you’re going on the road in tough ballparks. “When you go to Yankee Stadium, you have to make it your field. You have to play your game and hopefully do enough things right to end up on top.” The Angels’ game normally involves pushing the action, or as Scioscia says, the envelope. Pressing at every opportunity. Stretching singles into doubles, stealing, bunting, forcing the opponent into mistakes. That game finally emerged late Wednesday night in the Angels’ 5-3 victory at Anaheim to even the series, and might be just the way to take down Johnson. Johnson is the most intimidating pitcher of his era, and now starting in baseball’s most intimidating ballpark. The list of his impressive numbers stretch longer than the Red Line, but a few are particularly noteworthy for the Angels. Johnson hasn’t lost in his last eight starts (6-0). He went 11-2 at Yankee Stadium this year. Lifetime against the Angels he’s 15-6 with a 2.93 ERA. “The only thing we can do is probably pray a lot,” catcher Bengie Molina said. “Hopefully he makes a lot of pitches up the middle of the plate and is not on his game.” Odds are, he will be. Which makes it all the more imperative the Angels take advantage of every situation, play their game, force the Yankees into more uncharacteristic miscues. When the Angels have beaten the Yankees this season, it was always behind strong pitching. The Yankees won the 8-7 and 12-4 games; they Angels won 3-1 and 4-1 games. Which means they’ll likely have to scratch out runs tonight if they’re to steal the one game everyone this side of the Colorado River has already conceded to Johnson and the boys in pinstripes. “Since we’ve played well over there, we know we can win at their stadium,” Molina said. “There’s no doubt. We feel good about going there. “We have no pressure on ourselves. We’re going to try and win two games at their stadium. We’ve done it before. All we have to do is stay focused on playing our game.” Even if the Angels are able to put up a few runs tonight, much will rest on Byrd, the anti-Johnson. There is nothing remotely intimidating about the unassuming Byrd, who looks more like he’d loan you his lawnmower than try to stare down The Big Unit at Yankee Stadium. He might be so easygoing as to be fairly oblivious to the entire hoopla and intensity that is uniquely Yankee Stadium. The right pitcher to stun the Yankees and its vocal faithful. “We’re not going to focus on Yankee Stadium or anything else about the atmosphere,” Scioscia said. “We have to play our baseball, and these guys have done a very good job of it – we’re going to need it.” Or the Angels crumble here, and their postseason. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Angels know all about Yankee Stadium. Know 26 world champions have called it home. Left opponents beaten, if not abused. Left them feigning at not being awed by tradition and ghosts and mystique. And now the Yankees will send Randy Johnson out tonight to start Game 3 of their American League Division Series against Paul Byrd.