The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros begin the American League Championship Series with Game 1 at Minute Maid Park on Friday night.
It's the third postseason series between these teams in the last five years.
The Astros eliminated the Red Sox in four games during the 2017 ALCS. The Red Sox got their revenge the following year by beating the Astros in a five-game ALCS en route to winning the 2018 World Series.
Both teams officially announced their rosters for the 2021 ALCS on Friday morning.
Two of the most notable observations are Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes and Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. (injury) not making the cut. McCullers is perhaps Houston's most important player, so not having him is a pretty big blow.
Here are the full lists:
BOSTON RED SOX
Pitchers: Ryan Brasier, Nathan Eovaldi, Darwinzon Hernandez, Tanner Houck, Adam Ottavino, Martín Pérez, Nick Pivetta, Hansel Robles, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale, Hirokazu Sawamura, Josh Taylor, Garrett Whitlock
Catchers: Kevin Plawecki, Christian Vázquez
Infielders: Christian Arroyo, Xander Bogaerts, Bobby Dalbec, Rafael Devers, Travis Shaw
Outfielders: J.D. Martinez, Hunter Renfroe, Kyle Schwarber, Alex Verdugo
Infielder/Outfielders: Kiké Hernández, Danny Santana
Pitchers: Luis Garcia, Yimi Garcia, Kendall Graveman, Zack Greinke, Cristian Javier, Phil Maton, Jake Odorizzi, Ryan Pressly, Brooks Raley, Ryne Stanek, Blake Taylor, Jose Urquidy, Framber Valdez
Catchers: Jason Castro, Martin Maldonado
Infielders: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Almedys Diaz, Yuli Gurriel
Outfielders: Yordan Alvarez, Michael Brantley, Chas McCormick, Jake Meyers, Jose Siri, Kyle Tucker