Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox: ALCS Game 1 TV Schedule, Ticket Info and Odds

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2018

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 29: Starting pitcher Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles during Game One of a doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 29, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The teams that finished with the two best records in baseball are set to do battle for the AL pennant.

The Boston Red Sox (108-54) knocked off the rival New York Yankees in one ALDS matchup, while the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros (103-59) swept the Cleveland Indians in dominant fashion to punch their ticket to the ALCS.

The best-of-seven series will begin on Saturday from Fenway Park in Boston.

While the Astros are looking to become the first repeat World Series winner since the 2000 New York Yankees, the Red Sox have avenged back-to-back ALDS exits and are now looking to claim their first title since 2013.

Ahead is a full preview of Game 1, complete with TV and ticket information, as well as Vegas odds.

      

Game 1 Info

Time: 8:09 p.m. ET

TV: TBS

Live-Stream: Watch TBS

Tickets: StubHub

    

Game 1 Odds (via OddsShark)

Boston: -118

Houston: -102

      

Game 1 Preview

Chris Sale
Chris SaleBillie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

It's a battle of aces on the mound in Game 1, with Justin Verlander (16-9, 2.52 ERA, 290 K) squaring off against Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA, 237 K) for a chance to jump out to an early 1-0 series lead.

Verlander held the Red Sox to three hits and two earned runs over six innings in his lone start against them this season back on June 2, and he has a 3.51 ERA in 10 career starts at Fenway Park.

Sale also faced the Astros once this year, allowing six hits and four earned runs in six innings to take one of his four losses on the season.

Jose Altuve
Jose AltuveTim Warner/Getty Images

Offensively, Mitch Moreland is a batter to watch for the Red Sox, as he's gone 10-for-32 with six doubles against Verlander in his career. Slugger J.D. Martinez also went 2-for-3 with two RBI in his first time facing Verlander earlier this season.

On the Astros side, Jose Altuve (8-for-24, 2B, HR) and George Springer (5-for-14, 2B, HR) have both hit Sale well in their careers.

The Astros won the season series 4-3, and these teams are evenly matched. There's a good chance the series could go to seven games, so getting a head start with a Game 1 victory may prove to be a major advantage.

     

All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, unless otherwise noted.

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