The Astros and Yankees lineups are out for Game 3, as the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World shifts to Yankee Stadium.The Astros are seeking a commanding 3-0 edge behind starter Charlie Morton. New York is hoping to channel the 1996 Yankees, who came from down 2-0 in
The Astros and Yankees lineups are out for Game 3, as the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World shifts to Yankee Stadium.
The Astros are seeking a commanding 3-0 edge behind starter Charlie Morton. New York is hoping to channel the 1996 Yankees, who came from down 2-0 in the World Series, and create history of its own, with Carsten Sabathia taking the hill.
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Looking to avoid falling into the vaunted 3-0 hole, the Yankees will go with the same lineup from Game 2 as the series shifts to the Bronx, where they will look to overcome a quiet offensive start to the series.
Pitching dominated the first two games of the series in Houston, as the Yankees are hitting just .159 and scored just one run in each game. The Astros haven't been much hotter, hitting .190 and scoring a pair of runs in each of the first two contests.
The Astros have made a few changes as they prepare to face the first left-handed starter they've seen this series. As such, Brian McCann was left out of the lineup and Evan Gattis will see his first action of the series, starting at catcher. The defensively versatile Marwin Gonzalez has shifted from left field to first base, which will put Cameron Maybin in left and move Yuli Gurriel to designated hitter, a position occupied by Carlos Beltran during the first two games. Josh Reddick is the lone left-handed batter in the starting nine.
The Astros are hitting .280 against left-handed pitchers this year, tied for second best in the Majors, including an MLB-best .317 in the postseason.
As for the Yankees, the struggles of AL MVP candidate Aaron Judge this postseason have been well-chronicled, as the slugging right fielder has struck out 19 times in 31 at-bats, while catcher Gary Sanchez is mired in an 0-for-12 funk dating back to the AL Division Series. Manager Joe Girardi expressed confidence in the pair on Sunday to break out of their respective slumps.
"I mean, there's been a lot of great hitters that struggled the first year in the postseason, the second year in the postseason and the third year in the postseason, and they have a big postseason," Girardi said on Sunday. "So I feel good about them. We've counted on them all year. We believe in them and I think they're going to come out of it."
George Springer, CF
Alex Bregman, 3B
Jose Altuve, 2B
Carlos Correa, SS
Yuli Gurriel, DH
Evan Gattis, C
Marwin Gonzalez, 1B
Josh Reddick, RF
Cameron Maybin, LF
Charlie Morton P
Brett Gardner, LF
Aaron Judge, RF
Didi Gregorius, SS
Gary Sanchez, C
Greg Bird, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B
Aaron Hicks, CF
Todd Frazier, 3B
Chase Headley, DH
CC Sabathia, P
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