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Which lineup will take their team to the ALCS?

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Here is how manager A.J. Hinch lines them up against right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto:

2B Jose Altuve

RF George Springer

SS Carlos Correa

LF Colby Rasmus

CF Carlos Gomez

DH Evan Gattis

3B Luis Valbuena

1B Chris Carter

C Jason Castro

Carlos Gomez remains in the lineup, and he moves up with the struggling Evan Gattis (3-for-16 in the series) moving down.

Colby Rasmus has the most career regular season experience against Cueto hitting .379/.455/.724 with 2 HR in 33 PA, including a double and home run in Game 2. Carlos Gomez is 4-for-12 against Cueto with 2 home runs and 4 strikeouts. Luis Valbeuna is hitting .227/.320/.318 in 25 PA. Chris Carter is 2-for-5 with a double. Jose Altuve is 1-for-9, Jason Castro is 0-for-10 and Carlos Correa is 0-for-3, and combined they only managed one hit off Cueto in Game 2.

Ned Yost counters with his regular starting lineup that produced the eighth inning comeback in Game 4:

SS Alcides Escobar

2B Ben Zobrist

CF Lorenzo Cain

1B Eric Hosmer

DH Kendrys Morales

3B Mike Moustakas

C Salvador Perez

LF Alex Gordon

RF Alex Rios

Kendry Morales is the Royals hitter with the best track record of success against Collin McHugh, going 2-for-8 with 2 home runs in his regular season career, and smashing two home runs off him in Game 2.  Ben Zobrist has gone 3-for-8 with a double and triple, and he singled off McHugh in Game 2. Alex Gordon is 2-for-5, Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar are each 0-for-6 and Salvador Perez is 1-for-5.