Houston Astros set ALCS roster ahead of matchup with Yankees

Chas McCormick looks like the best option in center field. Composite image by Jack Brame.

The Houston Astros and Dusty Baker made a couple of tweaks to the playoff roster on Wednesday, with the most notable change being the addition of right-handed reliever Seth Martinez.

To make room for the addition of Seth Martinez, center fielder Jake Meyers was left off the roster. Meyers pinch ran in Game 1 of the ALDS scoring on Yordan Alvarez's walk-off home run. Meyers also had two plate appearances in Game 2, striking out twice.

Meyers' struggles and watching a game go 18 innings certainly factored in the decision to add an extra pitcher to the roster, going with 13 pitchers and 13 position players. The Astros must have confidence in Chas McCormick's health, as he was seen limping a bit in the previous series. With Meyers being out for this series, McCormick and Mauricio Dubon will be tasked with holding down center field for Houston.

They say pitching wins championships, so adding another reliever that's tough on right-handed hitters sounds like a smart move for the club.

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Wednesday on First Take, Stephen A. Smith and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo discuss which team they see advancing to the ALCS as the series gets started tonight on TBS.

Stephen A. is taking the Yankees to win, not surprising, with Russo predicting the Astros will win in six games. One interesting note, though, Stephen A. said he believes the Astros are the "better" team, but he's still riding with his Yankees.

Check out the video above to see the full discussion.

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