For the second time in the last four seasons, the Red Sox will be taking on the Astros in the American League Championship Series.
After the Red Sox knocked off the Rays from the American League Division Series in four games at Fenway Park on Monday night, the Astros did the very same to the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday.
Boston walked off on Tampa Bay to to punch their ticket to the ALCS, while Houston trounced Chicago by a final score of 10-1 to advance to their fifth consecutive championship series going back to 2017.
With that, the Red Sox and the Astros are the last two teams standing in the American League, setting up a rematch of the 2018 ALCS that Boston won in a convincing five games.
At this time three years ago, though, the Sox had homefield advantage in that series. That will not be the case this year after the Astros won their division by finishing with a 95-67 record in the regular season.
Over the course of the regular season, the Astros won the season series against the Red Sox, 5-2. They took three of four from them at Minute Maid Park from May 31 through June 3 before taking two of three at Fenway Park the following week.
The Red Sox will presumably board a flight to Houston on Wednesday and participate in a workout at Minute Maid Park on Thursday before kicking off this best-of-seven ALCS on Friday night.
Here is the full schedule. Note that pitching matchups have yet to be determined:
Game 1 – Friday, Oct. 15, 8:07 p.m. eastern time — Red Sox @ Astros — FOX
Game 2 – Saturday, Oct. 16, TBA — Red Sox @ Astros — FOX or FS1
Game 3 – Monday, Oct. 18, TBA — Astros @ Red Sox — FS1
Game 4 – Tuesday, Oct. 19, TBA — Astros @ Red Sox — FS1
Game 5 (if necessary) – Wednesday, Oct. 20, TBA — Astros @ Red Sox — FS1
Game 6 (if necessary) – Friday, Oct. 22, TBA — Red Sox @ Astros — FS1
Game 7 (if necessary) – Saturday, Oct. 23, TBA — Red Sox @ Astros — FOX or FS1
(Picture of Hunter Renfroe and Christian Arroyo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)