For the second night in a row, the New York Yankees are facing elimination against the Houston Astros. With the first pitch set for later tonight, the AL East champions announced their starting lineup.
On Friday, the Yankees relied on an offensive surge in the first inning to win Game 5. DJ LeMahieu crushed a leadoff home run off Justin Verlander, and then shortly after Aaron Hicks had the crowd buzzing over a three-run home run off the right-field foul pole.
Throughout the ALCS, the Bronx Bombers have relied mainly on LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres to carry their offense. Aaron Boone needs the bottom of the lineup to show up in a must-win game tonight.
Last night, Boone announced that he'll rely on his bullpen for Game 6. The Yankees will have Chad Green starting on the mound.
Since there is so much pressure on New York's bullpen to deliver against Houston, the offense has to provide run support early and often.
Here is the starting lineup for the Yankees:
Giancarlo Stanton has been removed from the lineup after returning from a quad injury in Game 5. Edwin Encarnacion will take his place in the batting order.
By the end of tonight, we'll either see this series get stretched out to Game 7 or watch the Astros advance to this year's World Series.
First pitch is at 8:08 p.m. ET from Minute Maid Park.