Yordan Alvarez To DH In World Series Games 1 And 2

Alvarez struggled against the Yankees in the ALCS

Brandon Scott
October 21, 2019 - 4:14 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Yordan Alvarez will bat seventh as the Astros' designated hitter in Game 1 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals.

Manager AJ Hinch said Monday that Alvarez will DH in both of the first games and we'll see what happens when the Astros travel to D.C.

Hinch made the decision to have Aledmys Díaz bat for the rookie in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees. Hinch said he like the matchup with Díaz and Zack Britton with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. 

Alvarez has struggled mightily. He had just one hit in 22 at bats in the ALCS and posted six hits with one RBI in 19 at bats in the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. 

"I believe in Yordan," Hinch said. "I know I hit for him at the end of Game 6 in the ALCS with the bases loaded against Britton. That’s not an indictment of my belief in him, or that we don’t think he could’ve done well. We had a terrific matchup with Diaz. We get to wipe the slate clean. He gets to start all over again in the World Series. He’s going to be facing some elite pitching. We need him to be good to be at our best and I look forward to him DH’ing both Game 1 and Game 2. We’ll see what happens when we get to Washington."

The rookie had been excellent in the regular season, posting a .313 batting average, .655 slugging percentage and 1.067 OPS.