Looking for a spark, the Houston Astros are making a notable change to their lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS.
Dusty Baker is making a change at center field. With Jake Meyers out because of a shoulder injury, the Astros have gone with Chas McCormick in the first two games of the ALCS. Tonight, they’ll swap out McCormick for Jose Siri.
Siri will bat eighth for the Astros this evening. He’ll be sandwiched between Yuli Gurriel and Martin Maldonado.
Siri will make his postseason debut tonight in Game 3 of the ALCS. He’ll face Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez at Fenway.
Jose Siri is starting Game 3 of the ALCS in center field – https://t.co/75seBdXJsn
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) October 18, 2021
The Astros are trying to bounce back from an ugly 9-3 defeat to the Red Sox in Game 2. Houston’s pitching staff allowed Boston grand slams in the top of the first and second which essentially put the game to bed earlier than expected.
Houston will now have to face a red-hot Red Sox team at Fenway. Tonight’s environment should be one of the best we’ve seen so far this season. Good luck, Astros.
Dusty Baker approached tonight’s Game 3 with an interesting strategy. Instead of having his players workout on Sunday, he gave them the day off and instead held a team meal.
Baker referenced the movie ‘Gladiator’ when explaining the strategy on Sunday.
“You ever seen Gladiator,” Baker asked. “There’s a good meal before the fight.”
Dusty Baker said the team didn't work out at Fenway Park today because he wanted the team to get in tonight and "have a nice dinner."
"You ever seen Gladiator," Baker asked. "There's a good meal before the fight."
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) October 17, 2021
Will the strategy pay off? Find out tonight at 8:08 p.m. ET in Game 3 of the ALCS on FS1.