Game 127 – Here we go a-Carrolling

The Yankees need to win on Joe Torre Day, right? Well, they didn’t win on Paul O’Neill Day. But the team does have a two-game winning streak thanks in part to some of the parts Brian Cashman brought in at the trade deadline. Once the Torre festivities are over, it will be Hiroki Kuroda versus Scott Carroll.

Once upon a time, a day game with Kuroda on the mound at home meant nothing but good things. But Hirok has not been quite the same pitcher. He sports the 16th lowest strikeout percentage of 96 qualified starters this season. Not being able to finish off batters compared to past years has been a problem.

Scott Carroll continues to be a nice story of a guy who pitched for years and years in the minors and finally got his shot. His actual performance has been up and down and he has been lit up pretty well in his last three starts.

Derek Jeter gets the day off and Stephen Drew will handle short. Jacoby Ellsbury will lead off. Yessss!! Finally! But Brian McCann batting third is a surprising choice. Oh yes, and Carlos Beltran is in the lineup (polite clap). Betances will not be available after pitching 1.2 innings yesterday.

The Lineups:

Chicago White Sox:

  1. Alejandro De Aza – LF
  2. Carlos Sanchez – 2B
  3. Jose Abreu – 1B
  4. Adam Dunn – DH
  5. Avisail Garcia – RF
  6. Conor Gillaspie – 3B
  7. Alexei Ramirez – SS
  8. Jordan Danks – CF
  9. Adrian Nieto – C

SP – Scott Carroll

New York Yankees:

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

SP – Hiroki Kuroda

The weather looks fine with clouds breaking into some partial sunshine with temperatures in the mid-70s. The game starts at 1:05 and the bottom line is that Joe Torre deserves a winning day! The game will be shown 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.