The Astros’ win over the Rangers in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night has brought Houston back into the series, as Texas currently holds a 2-1 lead with Game 4 set to take place on Thursday.
Houston got to Max Scherzer early in Game 3, securing an 8-5 victory at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Yordan Alvarez continues his impressive postseason performance with two RBI, bringing his total to six home runs and 10 RBI in seven games.
The Rangers will start lefty Andrew Heaney, while the Astros will have right-hander Jose Urquidy on the mound for this crucial Game 4.
Stay updated with the latest developments from Game 4:
How to watch Astros vs. Rangers: ALCS Game 4 time, TV channel
Game 4 is scheduled to start 8:03 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted on Fox Sports 1. It is also available for streaming through fuboTV.
How will Rangers respond to first postseason loss?
ARLINGTON, Texas — After a 37-day absence due to a shoulder strain, Max Scherzer struggled in Game 3, allowing five runs in four innings. He was outperformed by Astros’ pitcher Cristian Javier, who held a no-hitter into the fifth inning at Globe Life Field.
While the Astros are still trailing 2-1 in the series, their strong performance in Game 3 raises concerns for the Rangers. The question now is how the Rangers will respond to their first postseason loss.
“Nobody said it was going to be easy,” says Rangers designated hitter Mitch Garver. “And certainly nobody thought we were going to go out and win all the way through.”
“There were going to be a few bumps.”
Andrew Heaney vs. Astros, José Urquidy vs. Rangers stats
LHP Andrew Heaney, Rangers
Heaney recorded a 2.75 ERA in four starts against the Astros this season, accumulating 16 strikeouts and 11 walks in 19 ⅔ innings.
Several Astros players have had success against Heaney throughout their careers.
RHP Jose Urquidy, Astros
Urquidy did not face the Rangers in 2023, but he boasts a 4-0 record with a 2.82 ERA in seven career starts against them, striking out 45 batters in 44 ⅔ innings.
Marcus Semien has an impressive .381 batting average with 3 home runs and a 1.340 OPS against Urquidy.
Astros, Rangers lineups, starting pitchers for ALCS Game 4
Starting pitcher: RHP José Urquidy
Jose Altuve (R) 2B
Mauricio Dubon (R) CF
Alex Bregman (R) 3B
Yordan Alvarez (L) DH
Jose Abreu (R) 1B
Kyle Tucker (L)
RF Chas McCormick (R) LF
Jeremy Pena (R) SS
Martin Maldonado (R) C
Starting pitcher: LHP Andrew Heaney
Marcus Semien (R) 2B
Corey Seager (L) SS
Evan Carter (L) LF
Adolis Garcia (R) RF
Mitch Garver (R) DH
Jonah Heim (S) C
Nathaniel Lowe (L) 1B
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