ALCS Game 7: Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays announce lineups

Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays. (Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays. (Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports) /

Either the Houston Astros or the Tampa Bay Rays will win the AL pennant tonight.

Game 7’s winner between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays goes to the World Series.

After taking a 3-0 series lead, the Rays dropped three in a row to the underdog Astros to be in this winner-take-all Game 7 scenario over in San Diego, California at Petco Park. The winner of Game 7 will face the winner of the 2020 NLCS between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Arlington, Texas. Here is who the Astros and Rays will begin their game with on Saturday night.

Game 6 lineups for the Astros and Rays

Houston Astros’ 2020 ALCS Game 7 starting lineup

1. George Springer CF
2. Jose Altuve 2B
3. Michael Brantley DH
4. Carlos Correa SS
5. Alex Bregman 3B
6. Kyle Tucker LF
7. Yuli Gurriel 1B
8. Josh Reddick RF
9. Martin Maldonado C

Starting Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr.

Houston goes with George Springer, Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley, one-two-three. Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker make up the middle of the Astros’ batting order. Yuli Gurriel, Josh Reddick and Martin Maldonado comprise the bottom third of the Houston lineup. Lance McCullers Jr. will serve as the Astros’ Game 7 starter with a World Series trip on the line.

Tampa Bay Rays’ 2020 ALCS Game 7 starting lineup

1. Manuel Margot RF
2. Brandon Lowe 2B
3. Randy Arozarena LF
4. Austin Meadows DH
5. Ji-Man Choi 1B
6. Willy Adames SS
7. Joey Wendle 3B
8. Mike Zunino C
9. Kevin Kiermaier CF

Starting Pitcher: Charlie Morton

Tampa Bay goes with Manuel Margot, Brandon Lowe and Randy Arozarena, one-two-three. Austin Meadows will serve as the designated hitter and bat fourth. Ji-Man Choi, Willy Adames, Joey Wendle, Mike Zunino make the up the the bottom half of the Rays’ batting order. Charlie Morton will be on the mound for the Rays today as they try to get to the World Series.

All the momentum is in the Astros’ favor, as they have won three straight games to stave off elimination. Though it has happened before, the Rays don’t want to become infamous like the 2004 New York Yankees for blowing a 3-0 series lead in the ALCS. Even if they Rays are the slight favorite to get it done in San Diego on Saturday night, don’t try to tell that to the Astros.

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If the Rays end up winning Game 7, it will be their second-ever trip to the World Series in franchise history, with the last one coming back in 2008. Should Houston continue to do the improbable, it will be the third AL pennant for the Astros in the last four years. Game 7’s are always intense, so we should expect anything less at Petco Park on Saturday night in the 2020 ALCS.

Will it be Houston or Tampa Bay how gets to play in the World Series in Arlington next week?