How to watch Red Sox vs. Astros in 2021 ALCS


The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros are facing off in a rematch of the 2018 American League Championship Series.

That ALCS ended with Boston defeating Houston in five games to advance to the World Series, where it would finish off its dominant campaign by taking down the Los Angeles Dodgers. The two teams have met in the postseason only one other time in 2017, when the Astros topped the Red Sox 3-1 in the Division Series and went on to win their first championship in franchise history.

The Astros are in the midst of their fifth consecutive postseason appearance after winning the American League West title for the fourth time in five years. Houston has been one of the most consistent organizations in MLB having made it to at least the ALCS in each of the last five seasons.

The Red Sox enter the series after upsetting the top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS, 3-1. Alex Cora added to his impressive playoff resume and is now 15-4 in 19 postseason games as Sox skipper. He has yet to lose a playoff series.

Cora is facing off against some familiar faces as he served as Astros bench coach during their 2017 World Series campaign. He was suspended for the 2020 season due to his role in Houston's sign-stealing scandal.

Here’s everything you need to know for the Red Sox-Astros series

What is the Red Sox-Astros ALCS schedule?

Game 1: Astros 5, Red Sox 4


Game 2: Red Sox 9, Astros 5

Game 3: Monday, Oct. 18, Astros at Red Sox, 8:08 p.m. ET (FS1)

Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 19, Astros at Red Sox, 8:08 p.m. ET (FS1)

Game 5: Wednesday, Oct. 20, Astros at Red Sox, 5:08 p.m. ET (FS1)

Game 6: Friday, Oct. 22, Red Sox at Astros, 8:08 p.m. ET* (FS1)

Game 7: Saturday, Oct. 23, Red Sox at Astros, 8:08 p.m. ET* (FOX or FS1)

*If necessary

The ALDS is played in a 2-3-2 format where the team with the better regular-season record gets home field for Games 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7. The Astros finished at 95-67, winning the AL West by five games over the Seattle Mariners (90-72), so the series begins at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas for the first two games before heading to Fenway Park in Boston on Monday.

What TV channel is the Red Sox-Astros playoff series on?

All games for the series will be broadcast on FOX or FS1. Game 3 will be on FS1.

How to stream Red Sox-Astros free online

All games can be streamed on MLB.TV, and the Fox Sports app. Viewers can also check out the series on FuboTV (free trial).

How to listen to Red Sox-Astros on the radio

ESPN Radio will broadcast all MLB postseason games for listeners.

Red Sox and Astros starting pitchers for ALCS

The Astros’ team ERA was 3.76, seventh in MLB, while the Red Sox had a 4.26 team ERA, ranking 15th in MLB. 

For Game 3, the Astros are turning to Jose Urquidy. The right-hander went 8-3 with a 3.62 ERA in the regular season. He made one start this season against the Red Sox, where he pitched six strong innings, giving up just three hits and an earned run. The start in Game 3 will be Urquidy's first appearance this postseason. 

Following Game 2, Alex Cora said that the team was not ready to announce a starter for Game 3.