With Evan Gattis starting at designated hitter in Game 3 against Dodgers right-hander Yu Darvish on Friday, Astros manager A.J. Hinch admitted Carlos Beltran likely won't start another game in the World Series.

The Dodgers are set to throw lefties in Games 4 (Alex Wood) and 5 (Clayton Kershaw) on Saturday and Sunday, meaning Gattis would start, and there would be no designated hitter if the Series shifts back to Los Angeles for Games 6 and 7 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"It's not an indictment on him as much as it's just we're trying to go with the guys who can give us the best chance initially," Hinch said. "It doesn't mean he won't have an important at-bat. It doesn't mean he's not going to come up with a key hit. It's literally who starts the game. Gattis, really for much of the postseason and the end of the year, warranted more at-bats. Certainly in this ballpark he's a huge threat. "

Beltran pinch-hit in each of the first two games of the World Series, which is his second and likely final trip to the Fall Classic.