MLB Playoffs: How the Astros Will Cope in the World Series Without a Designated Hitter

Facing three consecutive games at a stadium in the National League, Houston Astros they have no intentions to bench designated hitter Yordan Álvarez, who was recognized as the Most Valuable Player of the Championship Series and is hitting .410 this postseason.

The Cuban, Houston’s most feared hitter, will be in the lineup as left fielder for Game 3 of the Fall Classic at Truist Park on Friday night, weather permitting.

Even with one pitcher hitting ninth, Houston will have its seven most powerful hitters in the lineup, along with Puerto Rican catcher Martín Maldonado. By using Alvarez in left field, Astros manager Dusty Baker would move Michael Brantley from left field to right, and Kyle Tucker from right to center.

That means either Chas McCormick or Jose Siri – the two center fielders on the roster – will be on the bench while the Astros are in Atlanta.

Houston was 3-7 in NL stadiums in the regular season, where they averaged 4.2 runs per game (their season average was 5.3 runs). Two of those games came in April, when the Astros still weren’t comfortable putting Alvarez to play in the outfield, so he wasn’t in the lineup.

The Las Tunas native started in left field in four of the other eight interleague games Houston played on the road.

Brian McTaggart / MLB.com

Gabriel Delgado

I started as a rookie on Al Bat in early 2018 and I am going into my third season covering Major League Baseball as a web reporter. I am a fan of the San Francisco Giants, a number one defender of Barry Bonds and a critic of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto and Ronald Acuña are the future of baseball, Mike Trout is overrated, and the Astros deserved to be taken away from the World Series for cheating. Besides baseball, I also enjoy soccer, football, basketball, and just about any other game that includes a ball or a ball. I am also an amateur musician, penniless gamer and very nerdy. Graduated in journalism from the University of Guadalajara, I graduated in 2017. Born in the shrimp capital of the world, Escuinapa, Sinaloa. I lived in Australia for a while; i survived giant spiders, tasmanian devils and fought a kangaroo and didn’t die trying.

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MLB Playoffs: How the Astros Will Cope in the World Series Without a Designated Hitter