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Could make lineup change at CF for ALDS Game 2

The Astros hinted a change in starting Jake Meyers, left, for center field in Game 2 of the ALDS on Thursday. Chas McCormick, right, started Game 1. 

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The Astros’ revolving door in center field will keep on turning in the postseason, with manager Dusty Baker hinting he may start Jake Meyers in Thursday’s Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Mariners. 

Baker said on Wednesday that he likes how Meyers matches up against Seattle’s Game 2 starter Luis Castillo, who has not faced the Astros this season. Castillo is a righthanded power pitcher whose fastball averages 97 mph, and has a 53.3 percent strikeout rate and 39.6 percent whiff rate against righthanded batters. Meyers struggled most of the year to hit fastballs, striking out 24 times in 84 major-league plate appearances, and batted .214 against righthanded pitchers. 

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“I think that Meyers has probably the best chance of hitting Castillo,” Baker said. “Then later in the game, I might do something else to try to — I put the best lineup offensively and defensively that I can on a daily basis, and it changes without having an every day center fielder, similar to what I’ve been doing all year.” 

Houston started Chas McCormick in center field, batting eighth, for Game 1. He went 1-for-2 before the Astros pinch hit for him in the seventh inning and subsequently replaced him defensively with Mauricio Dubón.


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