Red Sox vs. Astros ALCS Game 1 lineups: Brock Holt starts after hitting for cycle in ALDS
Also, Mitch Moreland remains out of the lineup for the BoSox
BOSTON -- For only the third time in baseball history, two teams with 103-plus wins will meet in a postseason series. The Boston Red Sox (108-54) and Houston Astros (103-59) open the 2018 ALCS with Game 1 at Fenway Park on Saturday night. The 1912 World Series (Red Sox vs. Giants) and 1942 World Series (Cardinals vs. Yankees) are the only other two postseason series featuring two 103-plus win teams.
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Saturday afternoon both the Astros and Red Sox announced their starting lineups for ALCS Game 1.
- CF George Springer
- 2B Jose Altuve
- 3B Alex Bregman
- 1B Yuli Gurriel
- DH Tyler White
- LF Marwin Gonzalez
- SS Carlos Correa
- C Martin Maldonado
- RF Josh Reddick
RHP Justin Verlander
Fairly standard lineup against a left-hander for the Astros. It is notable how far Correa has slipped in the batting order though. He hasn't been right seemingly all season -- Correa hit .180/.261/.256 in his final 37 regular season games before going 1 for 10 in the ALDS --. It's hard to believe a healthy Correa could hit this poorly. He must be really grinding through the injury right now.
Home Red Sox
- RF Mookie Betts
- LF Andrew Benintendi
- DH J.D. Martinez
- SS Xander Bogaerts
- 1B Steve Pearce
- 2B Brock Holt
- 3B Eduardo Nunez
- CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
- C Sandy Leon
LHP Chris Sale
First baseman Mitch Moreland is on the ALCS roster but he continues to deal with a minor hamstring issue. Normally he would be in the starting lineup against a right-handed pitcher. Pearce instead fills in at first base for the time being.
More notable than the first base situation is the second base situation. Ian Kinsler, who is 8 for 43 (.186) in his career against Verlander, sits in favor of Holt. . That was his only start of the postseason so far. He'll be back in the lineup for ALCS Game 1 on Saturday.
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