Astros Change Up Roster For ALCS

The Houston Astros have set their roster for their highly-anticipated matchup with the rival New York Yankees—the 3rd ALCS meeting between these two teams in six years. And there's been one change made.

One pitcher in, one outfielder out. The Astros have added right-hander Seth Martinez to the bullpen and removed outfielder Jake Meyers. That leaves the Astros at the maximum 12-man pitching staff. 

Houston is able to subtract an outfielder like Meyers, as they do have other players on the roster that aren't officially listed as outfielders, that can—and do—play out there if necessary. 

Yordan AlvarezChas McCormick and Kyle Tucker are the starters, while Trey ManciniAledmys Diaz and Mauricio Dubón can all play in the outfield. In fact, Dubón was a defensive replacement in the outfield in each and every game of the ALDS victory over the Seattle Mariners. 

For Game 1, Diaz gets the start at DH, while Mancini, who's hitless in the playoffs, takes a seat.

As for the RHP Martinez, he gets the nod over the southpaw Will Smith, giving the Astros an all-right-handed bullpen. The Yankees have only one regular starter who hits strictly from the left side, Anthony Rizzo, so the 'Stros are ok with that alignment. 

Photo: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports