Providing you with all the information you need on where and when the watch the Boston Red Sox face the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the ALDS.
The regular season is in the rearview mirror, the standings are locked in and we now know where and when the postseason action will begin for the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox will face the same Houston Astros team in the American League Division Series that they ended the regular season against. This potentially sets up a scenario where the teams could see each other for up to nine consecutive games.
Houston took three out of four at Fenway Park last week, although, Sunday’s game was a meaningless affair with both teams trotting out their B squad lineups. We should view this as the Astros essentially taking two out of three, which is what the Red Sox did in Houston back in June.
Now that the postseason matchups have been determined, here’s everything you need to know to tune in for Game 1 of the ALDS between the Red Sox and Astros.
Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX.
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time: 4:08 p.m EST
Starting Pitchers: Chris Sale vs Dallas Keuchel
TV Station: FS1 or MLB Network
Radio: WEEI, Sirius XM 177
Live Stream: MLB.tv (subscription required)
The afternoon start time means that many of us on the east coast may be stuck at work when the first pitch is thrown in Game 1. Hopefully, your schedule has the flexibility to allow you to duck out of the office early. On the bright side, at least the Red Sox won’t overlap with the New England Patriots, who play Thursday night.
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Game 2 between the Red Sox and Astros is scheduled for Friday at 2:00 p.m. EST. Game 3 will be on Sunday but a start time has yet to be announced. Both games can be viewed on either FS1 or MLB Network.
If necessary, Games 4 and 5 will be held on Monday and Wednesday at times to be determined on FS1.
Sale is the obvious choice to start in Game 1 and while it hasn’t been officially announced yet, Drew Pomeranz has certainly earned the right to start Game 2. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. A case can be made for Eduardo Rodriguez and Doug Fister being in the postseason rotation but neither option provides much comfort to Red Sox fans. Starting Rick Porcello should be avoided at all costs but the fear is that manager John Farrell will turn to him anyway out of some form of misguided loyalty.
Boston will be looking to get off to a better start to the postseason than they did a year ago when they were swept by the Cleveland Indians. How it plays out remains to be seen but at least we now know where and when to tune in when the Red Sox kick off their playoff run.