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

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The 2021 ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros got underway on Friday with Game 1 at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. The Astros got home runs from Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa to take a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is set for Saturday.

The Astros secured a spot in their fifth straight ALCS by defeating the White Sox in the ALDS by a count of three games to one. As for the Red Sox, the prevailed over the arch-rival Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game and then upset the top-seed Rays in four games in the ALDS. This marks 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 home field advantage over the Red Sox, who went 92-70 and finished tied for second 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 if necessary 5 will be Fenway Park. 

Below, you’ll find all you need to know about the ALCS — the dates and times of each game, as well as the probables and the television carriers. 

Game 1 – Fri., Oct. 15

HOU 5, BOS 4

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

Fox

Game 2 – Sat., Oct. 16

4:20 p.m. ET

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

Fox/FS1

Game 3 – Mon., Oct 18

8:07 p.m. ET

TBD vs. TBD

FS1

Game 4 – Tues., Oct. 19

TBD

TBD vs. TBD

FS1

Game 5 – Wed., Oct. 20*

TBD

TBD vs. TBD

FS1

Game 6 – Fri., Oct. 22*

TBD

TBD vs. TBD

FS1

Game 7 – Sat., Oct. 23*

TBD

TBD vs. TBD

Fox/FS1

*if necessary

During the regular season, the Astros won five of seven head-to-head matchups with the Red Sox and outscored them by a margin of 42-25 in those games. 

However, heading into the ALCS health is a concern for the Astros. Ace Lance McCullers Jr. was forced to depart his ALDS Game 4 start because of forearm tightness. Suffice it to say, if McCullers is lost for the series, then it’s a huge blow to Houston. As well, Jake Meyers, who’s stabilized center field for the Astros both offensively and defensively, was forced to leave Game 4 against the White Sox after injuring his left shoulder on an attempted home run robbery. 

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