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Astros, Indians lineups for ALDS Game 3

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The Indians shake things up a bit for Game 3. Partially because the Astros have a sinkerballing lefty, as opposed to a fireballing righty, on the mound. Partially because they’re in a rut and their backs are up against the wall and all of that stuff.

So: Yonder Alonso is not in the Indians’ lineup for Game 3, nor is Melky Cabrera. Edwin Encarnacion will cover first base and Yandy Diaz will take his spot as the DH. Meanwhile, Brandon Guyer will be in right field in place of the Melk Man.

The Astros give us Tony Kemp as a DH and Brian McCann behind the plate. The top of the lineup, which has beaten the Indians to a pulp thus far, remains more or less unchanged, save a bit of shuffling of where Carlos Correa and Josh Reddick will appear.

Your lineups:

Astros

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
3. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
4. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
5. Marwin Gonzalez (S) LF
6. Josh Reddick (L) RF
7. Carlos Correa (R) SS
8. Brian McCann (L) C
9. Tony Kemp (L) DH

Indians

1. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
2. Michael Brantley (L) LF
3. Jose Ramirez (S) 2B
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
5. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
6. Yandy Diaz (R) DH
7. Brandon Guyer (R) RF
8. Yan Gomes (R) C
9. Jason Kipnis (L) CF

Mike Trout voted 2019 American League Most Valuable Player

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The Baseball Writers Association of America voted Angels outfielder Mike Trout the Most Valuable Player in the American League for the 2019 season. He received 17 of 30 first-place votes, earning the third AL MVP Award of his career.

Trout, 28, missed the final three weeks of the season due to a foot injury, but his numbers were still strong enough to overcome the competition. He led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and a 185 adjusted OPS, and led the AL with a .645 slugging percentage and 1.083 OPS. He also slugged 45 home runs, knocked in 104 runs, scored 110 runs, and stole 11 bases in 600 plate appearances. FanGraphs also gave him an edge over the competition in WAR at 8.6.

Trout, who also won the award in 2014 and ’16, is the third Angel to snag the hardware, joining Don Baylor (1979) and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. (2004). He is the 11th player to win three MVP awards, joining Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Álex Rodríguez, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt, Albert Pujols, and Barry Bonds. Bonds is the only player to have won the award more than three times, winning a whopping seven MVP awards.

Alex Bregman finished in a close second place followed by Marcus  Semien, DJ LeMahieu, and Xander Bogaerts. Also receiving votes were Matt Chapman, George Springer, Mookie Betts, Nelson Cruz, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Rafael Devers, Jorge Polanco, Austin Meadows, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Gleyber Torres, Eddie Rosario, José Abreu, Max Kepler, J.D. Martinez, Yoán Moncada, Charlie Morton, Matt Olson, and Jorge Soler.