Here are the Royals and Mets lineups for Game 3 of the World Series in New York:
Royals manager Ned Yost never makes lineup changes in the playoffs, but being without the designated hitter has forced him into benching No. 5 hitter Kendrys Morales and moving everyone up one spot. That’s a huge change to the lineup, as Morales is a switch-hitter who batted .290 with 22 homers, 41, doubles, and an .847 OPS while leading the Royals with 106 RBIs. The good news is that he’s now available as a late-inning bench option, perhaps to pinch-hit for Alex Rios.
Now that the Mets are back to being without the designated hitter manager Terry Collins has opted for offense over defense, starting Michael Conforto in left field and Yoenis Cespedes in center field while leaving center fielder Juan Lagares on the bench. That’s been pretty standard for Collins, but it’s also the same defensive alignment that cost the Mets in Game 1 and caused a Collins lineup change in Game 2.