Evan Gattis will serve as Houston's backstop and hit sixth Monday night. McCann has struggled over the course of the postseason. Through six games he's gone just 2-for-22 (.091) at the plate.
Manager A.J. Hinch will roll out the same lineup that delivered a victory during Game 1 on Friday with the team facing another right-hander in Luis Severino. With lefty CC Sabathia taking the hill Monday for Game 3, Gattis will likely return to the starting nine in the DH spot.
Gattis will retreat to the bench as Carlos Beltran gets the nod at DH and Brian McCann sets up behind the plate for Game 1 against Masahiro Tanaka. It's expected that Gattis will see regular playing time this series after performing well versus Boston in the ALDS.
Gattis was given the nod as the team's designated hitter in the first two games of the series, but he'll head to the bench as manager A.J. Hinch deploys Carlos Beltran in the DH slot against Doug Fister and the Red Sox. Gattis performed well in Games 1 and 2, going 3-for-6 with two doubles, two walks and an RBI. He figures to continue seeing a healthy amount of playing time if the Astros advance to the next round of the postseason.
Leon was positioned on the bench for Friday's Game 2, but he'll be slotted back into the starting lineup as the Red Sox square off against Brad Peacock and the Astros in their potential elimination game. The veteran backstop went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his Game 1 start.
Vazquez drew the start in Friday's Game 2, going 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Despite his productive performance, he'll head back to the bench in favor of Sandy Leon as the Red Sox look to defend their home field and take Game 3 from Brad Peacock and the Astros.
Briceno slashed a disappointing .194/.242/.316 at Double-A Mobile before being promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake, where he saw only 10 at-bats. The 25-year-old catcher has spent the majority of the past two seasons at Double-A, and will need to do more at the plate if he has any hopes of sniffing the major leagues in the future. He will likely stay in a similar role next year within the Angels minor league system.
Perez will head to the bench for Game 2 of the ALDS after working behind the plate during Thursday's victory. In his place, Yan Gomes will handle the catching duties and bat eighth in the order.
Gomes will give way to Roberto Perez for the series opener, as the Indians begin the quest to defend their American League title. Over the course of the last few weeks, Perez and Gomes have each been splitting time behind the plate, and will likely continue to do so throughout the playoffs.
Leon will handle the catching duties for Thursday's series opener with right-hander Justin Verlander taking the hill for Houston. Since Aug. 24, Leon is hitting just .161 with one home run and four RBI in 17 starts.