Boston will play Houston in the opening game of the ALCS

October 15, 2021 GMT

Boston Red Sox (92-70, second in the AL East) vs. Houston Astros (95-67, first in the AL West)

Houston; Friday, 8:07 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: TBD Astros: Framber Valdez (0-0, 3.14 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 125 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -139, Red Sox +121; over/under is 8 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Framber Valdez and Houston will face Boston in Game 1 of the ALCS.

The Astros were 51-30 on their home turf in 2021. Houston has a team slugging percentage of .432 this postseason, Kyle Tucker leads them with a mark of .706, including three extra base hits and seven RBIs.

The Red Sox were 43-38 on the road in 2021. Boston has a team slugging percentage of .547 this postseason, Kike Hernandez leads them with a mark of .826, including five extra base hits and six RBIs.

TOP PERFORMERS: Kyle Tucker leads the Astros with 70 extra base hits and is slugging .558.

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Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with 115 RBIs and is batting .281.

LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 4-6, .222 batting average, 5.09 ERA, outscored by 15 runs

Red Sox: 5-5, .255 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs

INJURIES: Astros: Justin Verlander: (elbow), Andre Scrubb: (shoulder), Rafael Montero: (shoulder), Tyler Ivey: (undisclosed), Kent Emanuel: (elbow), Pedro Baez: (shoulder), Freudis Nova: (knee), Taylor Jones: (covid-19).

Red Sox: Phillips Valdez: (covid-19).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.