Game 117 – Indians haven’t a Kluber today

Sometimes you just have to tip your cap and play another day. Corey Kluber was too much for the Yankees yesterday and there is no shame in that as Kluber has had a real breakout season. But today is that other day and the Yankees face a pitcher not nearly as talented in Carlos Carrasco. But I probably shouldn’t sell Carrasco short. He has some good peripherals this season.

You have to like the Yankees’ chances, however, with Hiroki Kuroda pitching a day game at YS3. That is usually a pretty good formula. Plus, the Indians will be missing Nick Swisher and David Murphy due to injuries. The way Swisher’s season has been going, that might not be much of a miss.

The Yankees will see Zach Walters who called up today. Walters is a power-hitting, high strikeout, low walk kind of guy that the Indians got back as part of the Asdrubal Cabrera trade with the Nationals. Walters is a switch-hitter and not a guy you want to groove a fastball against. He hit 29 homers in Triple-A last season.

Mark Teixeira is back in the lineup, which is a pleasant surprise.

The Lineups:

Cleveland Indians:

  1. Jason Kipnis – 2B
  2. Jose Ramirez – SS
  3. Michael Brantley – DH
  4. Carlos Santana – 1B and playing lead guitar
  5. Yan Gomes – C
  6. Lonnie Chisenhall – 3B
  7. Zach Walters – LF
  8. Chris Dickerson – CF
  9. Ryan Raburn – RF

SP – Carlos Carrasco

New York Yankees:

  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Derek Jeter – SS
  3. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  4. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  5. Carlos Beltran – DH
  6. Stephen Drew – 2B
  7. Martin Prado – 3B
  8. Ichiro Suzuki – RF
  9. Francisco Cervelli – C

SP – Hiroki Kuroda

Notes: I don’t like keeping Headley out in favor of Prado against a right-handed pitcher. Ryan Raburn is having a terrible season and facing a right-handed pitcher is worse for him.

The game starts at 1:05 and can be seen on The YES Network. Enjoy the game.

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.

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