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Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox: Postponed Game 4 to be played today; ALDS winner gets homefield in ALCS

CHICAGO, Illinois (KTRK) — The stakes just got a lot interesting for the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox as both clubs emerge from an unplanned off day to play Game 4 today.

By virtue of the Boston Red Sox eliminating the Tampa Bay Rays, who owned the American League’s best record, the winner of the ‘Stros-Sox series will have homefield advantage in the AL Championship Series that begins Friday.

Both Houston and Chicago have better regular season records than Boston, who qualified for the postseason as an AL Wild Card team.

The Astros have already opened ticket sales for the ALCS games at Minute Maid Park.

But first things first, the Astros will need to win on Tuesday afternoon in order to host Games 1 and 2 of the next round.

We already know that Lance McCullers Jr. is getting the start just five days after a stellar performance in Game 1.

Opposite “LMJ” is Chicago’s Carlos Rodon, a left-handed pitcher who last played 13 days ago in a five-inning, 69-pitch outing against Cincinnati.

Essentially, Game 4 is now a dynamic of the worked vs. rested, and we’ll get to see how it plays out when Rodon throws the first pitch at 1:07 p.m.

The Astros lead the ALDS, 2-1, in the best-of-five-series.

If Houston drops its second game in a row of the playoffs, the series shifts back to MMP for a Wednesday evening, winner-take-all Game 5.

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