Royals, Blue Jays stand pat with Game 4 lineups
After exploding for 11 runs on Monday, the Blue Jays will run out the same lineup today in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre behind knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (3 p.m. ET air time, 4 p.m game time on FOX Sports 1/Sportsnet).
The Blue Jays will look to even the series against Royals right-hander Chris Young, who has held their current group of hitters to a combined .229 average and a .662 OPS in 112 plate appearances.
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Catcher Russell Martin, batting seventh, has had the most success of any Toronto hitter against Young, going 9-for-30 with six walks. Leadoff man Ben Revere and Game 3 star Ryan Goins have never faced Young.
Among the Blue Jays hitters who have struggled in their careers when facing the veteran Young: Jose Bautista (.188 average), Josh Donaldson (.063) and Troy Tulowitzki (.182).
First baseman Chris Colabello, batting .333 with a homer and three doubles in the postseason, will bat fifth behind cleanup man Edwin Encarnacion. Center fielder Kevin Pillar, hitting .313 with five RBIs in the postseason, will bat eighth.
1. Revere, LF
2. Donaldson, 3B
3. Bautista, RF
4. Encarnacion, DH
5. Colabello, 1B
6. Tulowitzki, SS
7. Martin, C
8. Pillar, CF
9. Goins, 2B
Royals sticking with same squad
The Royals' lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS had a familiar look to it, as manager Ned Yost penciled in the same starting nine that he used in Kansas City's first three games against Toronto.
Carrying a 2-1 lead after an 11-8 loss in Game 3, the Royals' lineup that has pounded out 19 runs in three games will try to provide the same support for Young on Tuesday.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar, batting leadoff, has hit .394 with five extra-base hits in the postseason. He's followed by another one of the club's hottest hitters, second baseman Ben Zobrist, batting .355 with an .866 OPS in the postseason.
Escobar is one of the few Kansas City hitters with a decent track record against Dickey, having put together a .333 average in 18 plate appearances. Zobrist has homered off Dickey, but he is just 6-for-39 in his career against the veteran knuckleballer.
Designated hitter Kendrys Morales, who leads the Royals with four postseason home runs and 10 RBIs, will once again bat fifth behind center fielder Lorenzo Cain and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
1. Escobar, SS
2. Zobrist, 2B
3. Cain, CF
4. Hosmer, 1B
5. Morales, DH
6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
7. Salvador Perez, C
8. Alex Gordon, LF
9. Alex Rios, RF