Everything’s bigger in Texas. This year, that extends to the playoff games.
For the first time, all ALCS games will be played deep in the heart of Texas, with the Astros and Rangers emerging from their division series as the winners.
Much of the 2023 season has been about the Astros vs. the Rangers. The race for the AL West title came down to the final day of the season, with the Astros securing the title only after the Mariners beat Texas on the final day to drop the two to even records, giving Houston the tiebreaking edge.
During the regular season, these teams met up 13 times, with the Astros largely dominating the series, winning nine of the games — including a September sweep in Arlington — and outscoring the Rangers 93-74.
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The ALCS matchup also places teams with opposite postseason success against one another. Both franchises have been around for nearly the same amount of time, with Houston having been founded in 1962 as the Colt .45s and the Rangers dating back to 1972 when the Senators moved from Washington to Texas.
In their histories, the Astros have reached the World Series five times, with wins coming in 2017 and 2022. The Rangers, however, have reached the World Series only twice, which came in 2010 and 2011. They lost in the back-to-back World Series, falling first to the Giants and then to the Cardinals.
Hoping to catch the 2023 ALCS? Here’s all you need to watch the series.
Astros vs. Rangers schedule
- Game: Game 1
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 15
- First pitch: 8:15 ET
The Astros will host the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALCS to kick off the first playoff meeting between in-state rivals.
|Date||Game||Start time (ET)||TV channel||Result|
|Sunday, Oct. 15||Rangers at Astros||8:15 p.m.||Fox||—|
|Monday, Oct. 16||Rangers at Astros||4:37 p.m.||Fox/FS1||—|
|Wednesday, Oct. 18||Astros at Rangers||8:03 p.m.||FS1||—|
|Thursday, Oct. 19||Astros at Rangers||8:03 p.m.||FS1||—|
|Friday, Oct. 20||Astros at Rangers*||5:07 p.m.||FS1||—|
|Sunday, Oct. 22||Rangers at Astros*||8:03 p.m.||FS1||—|
|Monday, Oct. 23||Rangers at Astros*||8:03 p.m.||Fox/FS1||—|
* – If necessary
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How to watch 2023 MLB playoff games
The American League Championship Series will be carried by the Fox family of networks, with the games lined up to be broadcast on either Fox or FS1. The World Series will also be broadcast on Fox, while the National League Championship Series will only be on TBS.
Astros vs. Rangers live streams
- Live stream: Fox Sports app, Fubo (U.S.) | Sportsnet NOW
Those hoping to stream the Astros and Rangers can find it on either the Fox Sports app with a cable subscription or on Fubo, which offers a free trial and carries both Fox and FS1.
In Canada, fans can find the ALCS games on Sportsnet NOW.
Astros vs. Rangers odds
Heading into the series, BetMGM has the Astros as favorites to emerge from the ALCS, set at -140. The Rangers are at +115 to win the ALCS.
Updated odds can be found at BetMGM.