HOUSTON, TX — In a championship series already filled with exciting moments and thrilling victories, the battle in the Lone Star State for the American League Pennant comes down to a Game 7 winner-take-all on Monday night in Houston. The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros will duel one more time to see who will go to the World Series.
How to watch:
- Date: Monday, October 23 | Time: 7:03 p.m.
- Where: Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas
- TV: Fox/FS1
- Live Stream: Fubo
Last Time Up: Game 6
Faced with elimination, the Texas Rangers put their best foot forward in a dominating 9-2 victory. Houston had its chances all evening to put more runs on the board, but a combination of clutch pitching from the Rangers and the Astros' inability to score with runners on base led to the lopsided loss. Houston hopes to overcome that shortcoming on Monday night.
- Max Scherzer will take the mound for the Rangers. He has a 13-6 overall record this season and sports a 3.77 ERA (earned run average).
- Cristian Javier gets the nod for Houston. Javier has a 10-5 overall record with a 4.56 ERA.
- The betting line in Game 7 gives Houston the advantage at -126. The Rangers are listed at +106. The over-under for tonight’s matchup is 9.5 runs scored.
This game will come down to how well the Astros can hit Max Scherzer early. Scherzer is in his second start of the postseason, with his only other appearance coming in Game 3 of the ALCS, where the Astros pounded Scherzer for five runs on five hits in four innings. Rangers manager Bruce Bochy will be loathed to turn to his suspect bullpen early, so if the Rangers want a Game 7 victory, Scherzer needs to pitch deep into this game. On the Astros’ side, Yordan Alvarez and Jose Altuve need their bats to heat up. Alvarez continues to have a postseason to remember, and Altuve already has one clutch at-bat that put Houston up 3-2 in the series with a 3-run homer in the 9th inning in Game 5.