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Red Sox vs. Astros schedule: MLB playoffs livestream, TV channel, start times for ALCS matchup

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The 2021 ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros begins Friday with Game 1 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The Astros secured a spot in their fifth ALCS in a row by beating the White Sox in the ALDS with a count of three to one. The Red Sox prevailed against arch rivals Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game and then angered the top seeded Rays in four games in the ALDS. This is Boston’s first appearance in the ALCS since 2018 when they won the World Series.

The Astros went 95-67 during the regular season and won the AL West. That gives them a home advantage over the Red Sox, who went 92-70 and tied for second place in the AL East. As such, the Astros will host Games 1 and 2 and, if necessary, Games 6 and 7. Games 3, 4, and possibly 5 will be Fenway Park.

Below is everything you need to know about the ALCS – the dates and times of each game, as well as the probabilities and TV channels.

Game 1 – Fri., October 15

8:07 p.m. ET

LHP Chris Sale (5-1, 3.16 ERA) vs. LHP Framber Valdez (11-6, 3.14 ERA)

Fox

Game 2 – Saturday, October 16

4:20 p.m. ET

RHP Nathan Eovaldi (11-9, 3.75 ERA) vs. RHP Luis Garcia (11-8, 3.30 ERA)

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Game 3 – Mon., Oct. 18

8:07 p.m. ET

TBD vs. TBD

FS1

Game 4 – Tuesday, October 19

still open

TBD vs. TBD

FS1

Game 5 – Wed., October 20 *

still open

TBD vs. TBD

FS1

Game 6 – Fri., October 22nd *

still open

TBD vs. TBD

FS1

Game 7 – Saturday, October 23 *

still open

TBD vs. TBD

Fuchs / FS1

*If necessary

During the regular season, the Astros won five of seven head-to-head matches with the Red Sox, beating them by a 42-25 lead in those games.

The path to ALCS health is a problem for the Astros, however. Ace Lance McCullers Jr. had to cancel his ALDS Game 4 start due to forearm tension. Suffice it to say, if McCullers is lost to the series, it will be a major blow to Houston. Jake Meyers, who has stabilized the Astros midfield both offensively and defensively, had to leave Game 4 against the White Sox after injuring his left shoulder in an attempted home run attack.

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