ALCS Game 1 at a glance

Astros-Red Sox Game 1 Preview: Goliath vs. Goliath

Justin Verlander is back on the mound tonight. Elsa/Getty Images

With three wins down, the Astros will look to get four more in the ALCS to move on to their second consecutive World Series. To do so, they'll have to go through a much tougher Boston team than they played in the ALDS last year. Here are the details for today's Game 1. Look for our full recap after the game:

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Fenway Park, Boston.


Streaming: TBS App.

Pitching matchup: Justin Verlander vs. Chris Sale.

Series: Tied 0-0.

The breakdown: Much like Game 1 of the ALDS where the Astros had Verlander vs. Kluber for the Indians, the ALCS will also pit ace against ace in Game 1 with Verlander going against Chris Sale. Sale pitched in relief in the Game 4 win on Tuesday night so it will be interesting to see if that plays a factor at all in his velocity or performance tonight. Verlander, meanwhile, will be on extended rest with his last time on the mound going back to ALDS Game 1 on Oct. 5, and he typically prefers to keep a steady schedule to stay sharp. Look for the Astros to build on the strong road offense they displayed when they eliminated the Indians so they can steal one or both of these first two games in Boston before returning to Houston. 

Series schedule:

  Result / Date & Time  Location    Pitching matchup
Game 1 Tonight, 7:00 PM  Boston    Verlander vs. Sale
Game 2 Sun. 10/14, 6:00 PM  Boston    Cole vs. Price
Game 3 Tues. 10/16, 4:00 PM  Minute Maid    Keuchel+ vs. TBD
Game 4 Wed. 10/17, 7:30 PM  Minute Maid    Morton+ vs. TBD
Game 5* Thu. 10/18, 7:00 PM  Minute Maid    Verlander+ vs. TBD
Game 6* Sat. 10/20, 4:00 PM  Boston    Cole+ vs. TBD
Game 7* Sun. 10/21, 6:30 PM  Boston    TBD vs. TBD

* Games 5-7 are if necessary.
+-projected starters.

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