After sweeping the 101-win Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS, the Texas Rangers are headed to the ALCS for the first time since 2011. As of Wednesday night, their matchup for the next round has been set.
Here's everything you need to know about what lies ahead for the Rangers in the AL Championship Series.
AL Championship Series Opponent
Texas will face a familiar foe -- the Houston Astros -- in the 2023 ALCS. Both teams battled down to the wire for first place in the AL West during the regular season, even finishing with identical 90-72 records. The Astros won the division because of a tiebreaker, however, by winning the season series against Texas.
After beating the Minnesota Twins 3-1 in the ALDS, Houston will make its seventh straight appearance in the ALCS. Four of those trips (2017, 2019, 2021, 2022) have resulted in World Series berths, while two (2018, 2020) have ended in losses.
When it comes to postseason experience, the Astros certainly have the edge.
The dates for each potential game in the ALCS have already been officially released
- Game 1: Sunday, October 15 (FOX/FS1)
- Game 2: Monday, October 16 (FOX/FS1)
- Game 3: Wednesday, October 18 (FOX/FS1)
- Game 4: Thursday, October 19 (FOX/FS1)
- Game 5: Friday, October 20 (FOX/FS1) *if needed
- Game 6: Sunday, October 22 (FOX/FS1) *if needed
- Game 7: Monday, October 23 (FOX/FS1) *if needed
This is a best-of-7 series, so Game 5, 6 and 7 will only be played if needed.
As the top-seeded team in this matchup, Houston will be at home for Games 1, 2, 6 and 7, while the lower seed (Texas) will be at home for Games 3, 4 and 5.
Opening pitch times have not been released yet.
ALCS, World Series Odds
Below are the most up-to-date odds on the ALCS matchup between the Astros and Rangers as well as the World Series odds for all remaining teams.
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Odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.
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