Indians-Blue Jays ALCS Game 3 lineups: Blue Jays move Bautista to leadoff
The Blue Jays are trying some different things to generate offense
TORONTO -- After scoring one run total in the first two games of the ALCS, the Toronto Blue Jays have made some changes to their lineup for Game 3 on Monday. The Cleveland Indians lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.
Here is each team's starting nine:
- DH Carlos Santana
- 2B Jason Kipnis
- SS Francisco Lindor
- 1B Mike Napoli
- 3B Jose Ramirez
- RF Lonnie Chisenhall
- LF Coco Crisp
- CF Tyler Naquin
RHP Trevor Bauer
Toronto Blue Jays
- RF Jose Bautista
- 3B Josh Donaldson
- 1B Edwin Encarnacion
- SS Troy Tulowitzki
- C Russell Martin
- DH Michael Saunders
- CF Kevin Pillar
- LF Ezequiel Carrera
RHP Marcus Stroman
Bautista is moving back to the leadoff spot after starting the postseason as the team's cleanup hitter. Batting first won't be a new experience for him. Bautista started 40 games in the leadoff spot during the regular season. The Blue Jays are stacking their best hitters at the top of the lineup.
When you're struggling to score runs, giving one of your best on-base players -- and best hitters in general -- more at-bats is generally a good idea. The offense was not working at all in Games 1-2. Toronto had to do something, and Bautista at leadoff is their solution.
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