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Rays beef up lefties in lineup for Game 2 of ALCS

The Rays and Astros have done some tinkering with their lineups in preparation for Game 2 of the ALCS.

Lance McCullers Jr. #43 of the Houston Astros reacts after giving up a three run home run to Evan White #12 of the Seattle Mariners to give them a 4-0 lead in the seventh inning at T-Mobile Park on September 21, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays square off on Monday afternoon for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. First pitch is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. at Petco Park in San Diego, and the game will air on TBS.

Lance McCullers will take the mount for Houston, while Charlie Morton will get the call for Tampa. Both teams announced their starting lineups for Game 2, and the Rays have made some big moves to face McCullers. Austin Meadows will make his ALCS debut in the leadoff spot, with Tampa starting their batting order with a pair of lefties. The Astros are moving Josh Reddick back into the lineup and moving Kyle Tucker up one spot in the batting order.

The Rays are -127 favorites in this game, while the Astros are installed at +1.5 on the run line with a price of -195. It’s not surprising that under 8.5 runs has a slight edge in price for Game 2.

Houston Astros starting lineup

  • CF George Springer R
  • 2B Jose Altuve R
  • DH Michael Brantley L
  • 3B Alex Bregman R
  • LF Kyle Tucker L
  • SS Carlos Correa R
  • 1B Yuli Gurriel R
  • RF Josh Reddick L
  • C Martin Maldonado R

SP: Lance McCullers R

Tampa Bay Rays starting lineup

  • DH Austin Meadows L
  • 2B Brandon Lowe L
  • LF Randy Arozarena R
  • 1B Ji-Man Choi L
  • RF Manuel Margot R
  • 3B Joey Wendle L
  • SS Willy Adames R
  • CF Kevin Kiermaier L
  • C Mike Zunino R

SP: Charlie Morton R