Here are the starting lineups for Game 5 of the World Series between the Royals and Mets at Citi Field in New York. Kansas City has a 3-1 series lead and can capture the club’s first championship since 1985 on Sunday night. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET on FOX.
This is the standard non-DH lineup for the Royals. Why make a change now, with the champagne on ice? Kendrys Morales will again be a big presence off the bench.
There’s been some talk of benching Cespedes — he has hand and shoulder injuries and has produced just three singles in 18 plate appearances this World Series while also struggling defensively — but Mets manager Terry Collins decided against such a drastic decision. It’s do-or-die time, and the Mets are sticking with the same starting lineup they used in Games 3 and 4.