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Royals/Mets World Series Game Three starting lineups

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The World Series shifts to New York, where the Mets face a 2-0 deficit as they host the Royals at Citi Field. Here is how Ned Yost lines them up without a designated hitter against right-hander Noah Syndergaard:

SS Alcides Escobar

2B Ben Zobrist

CF Lorenzo Cain

1B Eric Hosmer

3B Mike Moustakas

C Salvador Perez

LF Alex Gordon

RF Alex Rios

P Yordano Ventura

The Royals will go back-to-back lefties with Hosmer and Moustakas with Morales out of the lineup. Ned keeps ALex Gordon in the bottom third of the lineup. No Royals hitter has ever faced Syndergaard before.

The Mets will need to win this game realistically to have much of a shot in this series. Here is the lineup they start at home against right-hander Yordano Ventura:

RF Curtis Granderson

3B David Wright

2B Daniel Murphy

CF Yoenis Cespedes

1B Lucas Duda

C Travis d'Arnaud

LF Michael Conforto

SS Wilmer Flores

P Noah Syndergaard

Cespedes is back in centerfield despite his defensive gaffe in Game One. Conforto goes back to leftfield and Juan Lagares goes to the bench. Yoenis Cespedes is the only Mets hitter to ever face Yordano Ventura at the Major League level, going 1-for-7 against him.