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10/17/2017 Javier Báez, ChC, 2B
The Cubs have altered their lineup for Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, putting Kyle Schwarber in the No. 2 spot and benching the struggling Baez.

Analysis: Zobrist replaced Baez at second base, but the slick-fielding Baez likely will come in if the Cubs have a lead late in the game. Baez is 0 for 19 with eight strikeouts for the playoffs.
10/17/2017 Kyle Schwarber, ChC, LF
The Cubs have altered their lineup for Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, putting Schwarber in the No. 2 spot and benching struggling second baseman Javier Baez.

Analysis: Schwarber, hwo is 1 for 8 with a walk and three strikeouts in the playoffs, got the start in left field on Tuesday night against Dodgers right-hander Yu Darvish.
10/17/2017 Gary Sánchez, NYY, C
Austin Romine will catch right-hander Sonny Gray for the New York Yankees against Houston in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series, with regular backstop Sanchez moving to designated hitter.

Analysis: Manager Joe Girardi says Romine and Gray have built a strong rapport since Gray was acquired from Oakland in July. Gray had a 1.45 ERA in three games pitching to Romine, compared to a 4.63 ERA in eight appearances with Sanchez. Romine is New York's best receiver. Sanchez tied for the major league lead with 16 passed balls in the regular season, and Gray's big curveball can be difficult to block.
10/17/2017 Austin Romine, NYY, C
Romine will catch right-hander Sonny Gray for the New York Yankees against Houston in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series, with regular backstop Gary Sanchez moving to designated hitter.

Analysis: Manager Joe Girardi says Romine and Gray have built a strong rapport since Gray was acquired from Oakland in July. Gray had a 1.45 ERA in three games pitching to Romine, compared to a 4.63 ERA in eight appearances with Sanchez. Romine is New York's best receiver. Sanchez tied for the major league lead with 16 passed balls in the regular season, and Gray's big curveball can be difficult to block.
10/17/2017 CC Sabathia, NYY, P
CC Sabathia improved to 1-0, allowing three hits and four walks over 6.0 scoreless innings, as the New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros 8-1 on Monday. Sabathia struck out five, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 1.17 WHIP on the season.

Analysis: The grizzled veteran was once again the right man for the job, keeping Houston's dangerous lineup off balance all night in a virtual must-win scenario for New York. Sabathia is now an astounding 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts following a Yankees loss for the season, plus he's yet to allow a homer while striking out 19 in 15 2/3 innings during this postseason.
10/17/2017 Charlie Morton, Hou, P
Charlie Morton fell to 0-1, allowing seven runs on six hits and two walks in 3.2 innings, as the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees 8-1 on Monday. Morton struck out three, ending the game with a 17.18 ERA and 2.18 WHIP on the season.

Analysis: Morton didn't pitch nearly as badly as his line indicated, as most of the hits he allowed weren't of the hard variety and he was victimized by a cheap three-run homer to right by Todd Frazier in the third inning. The right-hander could fare better if he gets the call in a potential Game 7 at Minute Maid Park, as he went 10-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 16 home starts during the regular season.
10/17/2017 Will Harris, Hou, P
Will Harris allowed one run on one hit in 0.1 innings as the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees 8-1 on Monday. Harris did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 27.00 ERA and 3.00 WHIP on the season.

Analysis: Harris came in to stop the bleeding with Houston down 4-0 in the fourth inning but instead threw gasoline on the fire, uncorking a wild pitch to let in a run and surrendering Aaron Judge's game-breaking three-run homer. The right-hander also had his struggles in Yankee Stadium during the regular season, permitting three runs in 1 1/3 innings across a pair of appearances.
10/17/2017 Collin McHugh, Hou, P
Collin McHugh walked one and didn't allow a hit in 4.0 scoreless innings as the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees 8-1 on Monday. McHugh struck out three, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 0.25 WHIP on the season.

Analysis: McHugh set down 12 of the 13 men he faced in his 2017 postseason debut. Though obviously unavailable for Tuesday's Game 4, the usual starter could play a role out of the bullpen if this series gets further extended.
10/17/2017 Tommy Kahnle, NYY, P
Tommy Kahnle allowed one hit and one walk without giving up a run in 1.0 inning as the New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros 8-1 on Monday. Kahnle struck out one, ending the game with a 0.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP on the season.
10/17/2017 George Springer, Hou, RF
George Springer went 1 for 4 Monday as the Houston Astros fell to the New York Yankees 8-1. He ended the game with a .091 batting average.
10/17/2017 Aaron Judge, NYY, RF
Aaron Judge went 1 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs Monday as the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 8-1. The homer was his first of the season. He ended the game with a .200 batting average.

Analysis: Judge broke the game open by greeting reliever Will Harris with a screaming line drive into the left field seats to stake New York to an 8-0 lead in the fourth inning. It's the AL home run champ's first long ball since the Yankees' wild-card game win over Minnesota. Though he's had a really rough postseason on the road, he's 4 for 15 with seven RBIs in New York's four playoff home games.
10/17/2017 Brett Gardner, NYY, LF
Brett Gardner went 0 for 3 Monday as the New York Yankees topped the Houston Astros 8-1. Gardner scored once. He ended the game with a .200 batting average.
10/17/2017 José Altuve, Hou, 2B
Jose Altuve went 0 for 4 Monday as the Houston Astros fell to the New York Yankees 8-1. He ended the game with a .417 batting average.

Analysis: CC Sabathia and the New York bullpen finally figured out how to get Altuve out after he went 5 for 8 with two runs scored over the first two ALCS games. Still a scorching 13 for 27 with seven runs scored this postseason, the AL batting champ owns a .367 (11 for 30) career average against Game 4 starter Sonny Gray.
10/17/2017 Gary Sánchez, NYY, C
Gary Sanchez went 0 for 4 Monday as the New York Yankees topped the Houston Astros 8-1. He ended the game with a .000 batting average.

Analysis: While the Yankees' offense broke out in a return home, its cleanup hitter has still yet to get back on track. Sanchez is 0 for 12 for the series and 2 for 24 with 12 strikeouts over his last six games.
10/17/2017 Cameron Maybin, Hou, CF
Cameron Maybin went 1 for 3 Monday as the Houston Astros fell to the New York Yankees 8-1. He ended the game with a .333 batting average.
10/17/2017 Didi Gregorius, NYY, SS
Didi Gregorius went 1 for 4 Monday as the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 8-1. He ended the game with a .167 batting average.

Analysis: Gregorius has had a quiet ALCS thus far, having gone 2 for 12 with no RBIs or runs scored through the first three games. That could change in Tuesday's matchup, though, as he's 5 for 8 lifetime off Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr.
10/17/2017 Carlos Correa, Hou, SS
Carlos Correa went 1 for 4 Monday as the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees 8-1. He ended the game with a .364 batting average.

Analysis: Houston's Game 2 hero did manage to extend his postseason hitting streak to six games but otherwise wasn't much of a factor, much like most of the Astros' lineup against CC Sabathia. Correa won't have history on his side for Tuesday's Game 4, as he's 1 for 14 lifetime off Yankees starter Sonny Gray.
10/17/2017 Starlin Castro, NYY, 2B
Starlin Castro went 1 for 4 Monday as the New York Yankees topped the Houston Astros 8-1. Castro scored once. He ended the game with a .273 batting average.
10/17/2017 Josh Reddick, Hou, RF
Josh Reddick went 0 for 2 Monday as the Houston Astros lost to the New York Yankees 8-1. He ended the game with a .000 batting average.
10/17/2017 Alex Bregman, Hou, 3B
Alex Bregman went 1 for 4 with an RBI Monday as the Houston Astros fell to the New York Yankees 8-1. He ended the game with a .222 batting average.

Analysis: Bregman drove in the Astros' lone run by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning. Though the young third baseman has a pair of homers during this postseason, he's just 3 for 18 over his last six games.
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