ALDS Game 5: Astros, Royals lineups

ALDS Game 5: Astros, Royals lineups

KANSAS CITY -- Neither Astros manager A.J. Hinch nor Royals skipper Ned Yost made any dramatic lineup changes for Game 5 of the American League Division Series at Kauffman Stadium

The game will begin at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.


Houston will use the same batting order that produced six runs in Monday's Game 4 at Minute Maid Park, a game Kansas City rallied to win, 9-6. The only difference is that center fielder Carlos Gomez moved up from sixth to fifth, swapping places with designated hitter Evan Gattis for this matchup with Royals right-hander Johnny Cueto.

Gomez went 2-for-5 with a home run in Game 4 and is 3-for-9 in the series, while Gattis is 3-for-16.

Righty Collin McHugh, who held the Royals to two runs over six innings to win Game 1, gets the start again for the Astros. He takes on Cueto, who allowed four runs over six innings in Game 2, getting a no-decision.

Jose Altuve, 2B
George Springer, RF
Carlos Correa, SS
Colby Rasmus, LF
Carlos Gomez, CF
Evan Gattis, DH
Luis Valbuena, 3B
Chris Carter, 1B
Jason Castro, C

Collin McHugh, P


Yost has used the same batting order in all five games of the series, with shortstop Alcides Escobar leading off and left fielder Alex Gordon down in the No. 8 slot.

Facing McHugh in Game 1, DH Kendrys Morales, batting fifth, provided both runs with a pair of solo homers.

Alcides Escobar, SS
Ben Zobrist, 2B
Lorenzo Cain, CF
Eric Hosmer, 1B
Kendrys Morales, DH
Mike Moustakas, 3B
Salvador Perez, C
Alex Gordon, LF
Alex Rios, RF

Johnny Cueto, P