Astros vs Red Sox

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The No. 1 seed and No. 2 seed in the American League will go head-to-head on Saturday when the Boston Red Sox host the Houston Astros for Game 1 of the ALCS.

The defending champion Astros advanced early after sweeping the Cleveland Indians 3-0 in the divisional round. Their previous outing was an 11-3 blowout victory aided by a pair of runs from George Springer, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Tony Kemp. Houston finished the regular season with 103 wins and looks to hold that momentum heading into Fenway Park.

Despite a shaky pair of games at home, the Boston Red Sox outlasted the Yankees for a 4-3 win during Tuesday’s Game 4 to bring them one step closer to the American League pennant. The Red Sox held the Yankees to just four runs and no homers in 18 innings during the last stretch and hope to repeat such success with homefield advantage against Houston.

Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astrosand Boston Red Sox will begin in a battle of the two teams with the most regular-season victories.

The Red Sox led the majors with 108 wins, thereby securing home-field advantage throughout the postseason. As a result, they will be hosting Games 1 and 2, as well as potentially Games 6 and 7 at Fenway Park.

Manager Alex Cora will send ace Chris Sale to the mound in Game 1. He pitched in relief in Game 4 of the ALDS against the New York Yankees. Sale posted a 2.11 ERA in 27 regular-season starts. He faced the Astros once this season, back in June, giving up four runs in six innings as part of a losing effort.

Opposing Sale will be Justin Verlander. He last pitched in Game 1 of the ALDS, holding Cleveland to two runs while striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings. Verlander enters with a career 3.08 postseason ERA, including a 2.57 mark in seven ALCS starts. He recorded a quality start in his only appearance against the Red Sox this season, back in June.

ALCS Game 1: Astros vs. Red Sox
Date: Saturday, Oct. 13
Time: 8:09 p.m. ET
Location: Fenway Park in Boston
TV channel: TBS
Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
Live stats: GameTracker
Odds: Red Sox -110 / Astros +100
Picks: Check SportsLine’s MLB pick sheet for all your daily odds.
Storylines
Astros: The Astros are trying to win their second consecutive World Series title, having knocked off the Red Sox en route to their championship in last year’s ALDS. Verlander is one of the few starters capable of trading zeroes with Sale, and the Astros have a clear advantage in the bullpen department. One question facing the Astros is the health of shortstop Carlos Correa. He’s dealt with back woes since midseason, and hasn’t hit up to expectations since returning from the DL nearly two months ago.

Red Sox: The key for Boston is a vintage Sale outing, which foresees him putting any concerns about his health and/or velocity behind him. The Red Sox will need Sale to work deep as a means of avoiding their shaky middle-relief corps. If Sale can do that, then Boston can protect its home-field advantage.

Game prediction, picks
My top prediction is that we’re in for a good pitching matchup. Sale and Verlander are two of the best pitchers of their generation, let alone in the league. Everyone assigns weight to various factors differently — including home-field advantage — but I’m giving the Astros a slight edge based on their bullpen.

The Astros played the Red Sox seven times during the regular season. Houston took the series 4-3.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch confirmed that Justin Verlander will start on Saturday.

HOW TO WATCH
Date: Saturday, Oct. 13

Time: 8:09 p.m. ET

TV Channel: TBS

Live Stream: Watch the game live online on fuboTV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial.

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