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2017 ALDS: Astros, Red Sox Game 1 starting lineups

Who will be behind Justin Verlander in the Astros lineup?

MLB: ALDS-Houston Astros Workouts Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Lineups

Xander Bogaerts - SS George Springer - CF
Eduardo Nunez - DH Alex Bregman - 3B
Andrew Benintendi - LF Jose Altuve - 2B
Mookie Betts - RF Carlos Correa - SS
Mitch Moreland - 1B Evan Gattis - DH
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Josh Reddick - RF
Rafael Devers - 3B Yulieski Gurriel - 1B
Sandy Leon - C Marwin Gonzalez - LF
Jackie Bradley - CF Brian McCann - C
Chris Sale - LHP Justin Verlander - RHP

Starting with the Astros, the Astros lineup finishes were it started in 2017. Alex Bregman appeared primed to take over that No.2 spot in the lineup but he didn’t hold that for much of the 2017 season. He is batting .304 (55x181) with seven home runs and 25 runs scored in 43 games at No. 2 in 2017.

Josh Reddick returns to the lineup for the first time since Sept. 24, he had been dealing with a back issue. He is batting .214 (3x14) with a double against Sale in his career.

The question of, who to play in the outfield, Cameron Maybin or Derek Fisher?, was answered with Marwin Gonzalez. It makes sense with the short porch in left field.

The Astros lineup maybe pretty good with Brian McCann batting in the No. 9 hole.

Eduardo Nunez, who has played once in three weeks, returns to the Red Sox lineup with a knee injury. He bumps Hanley Ramirez out of the lineup.

Mitch Moreland is batting fifth in a major league playoff lineup. I like the Astros chances.