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White Sox vs Astros live stream: How to watch ALDS Game 1 online

Jose Abreu and Yuli Gurriel will play in the White Sox vs Astros live stream
(Image credit: Jonathan Daniel and Steph Chambers / Getty)

It's game time for the White Sox vs Astros live stream! And the first ALDS series kicks off with Houston’s very diverse offense taking on a Chicago team that is looking for their first deep playoff run in 16 years. This showdown between the best of the A.L. Central and the best of the A.L. West gets underway with this MLB live stream.  

The White Sox vs Astros time, tv channel

The The White Sox vs Astros game is today (Oct. 7).
• Time — 4:07 p.m. ET / 1:07 p.m. PT / 9:07 p.m. BST
• U.S. — Watch on FS1 via Sling
• U.K. — Watch on BT Sport
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

For years now the Astros (95-67) have been able to put together an offense that features a lot of depth. You never know who is going to be the guy who steps up. Houston has four players with 25 or more homers and eight players who finished with 10-or-more homers. They also have nine players who finished the season batting .270 or better. Yuli Gurriel and Michael Brantley probably their most consistent leaders as they were the only Astros to finish the season with a batting average north of .300 and an on-base percentage above .360. If they need power, they rely on the likes of Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve and Kyle Tucker who each hit over 30-homers this season.  

The White Sox (93-69) bats are led by Jose Abreu who hit 30 home runs and drove in 117 RBIs, both team highs. However, Abreu's availability is in question after the slugger experienced flu-like symptoms. Several tests have come back negative for COVID-19 and the White Sox' twitter account described Abreu's health as "improving." He is currently considered a game time decision. If he can't go, Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada will have to step up. Anderson led the team with a .309 batting average and recorded a hit in 13 of his last 14 games. Moncada led the team with a .375 on-base percentage.

Lance McCullers Jr. will look to stop the White Sox offense as he gets the start for Houston. The 28-year-old went 13-6 on the season with a 3.16 ERA including two starts against Chicago. McCullers went 2-0 in those starts and allowed just three earned runs over 13 innings of work. The White Sox are holding off on announcing their game one starter.

When you look at this series, you have to admire the mangers. Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa were teammates on the 1971 Braves with guys like Hank Aaron and Phil Niekro, so to put it kindly they have been around a while. La Russa, now 77-years-old is in his first season with this version of the White Sox. He did manage the team in the previous century, from 1979-1986.  As for the 72-year-old, Baker, Houston marks his fifth team and like La Russa, he’s taken every franchise he’s managed to the playoffs.

How to watch White Sox vs Astros live stream from anywhere

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White Sox vs Astros live streams in the US

In the US, White Sox vs Astros is going to be broadcast on Fox Sports 1, which is available with most cable packages and Sling TV

In the U.S., the White Sox vs Astros game is today (Oct. 7) at 4:07 p.m. ET. 

You'll want to get at least Sling Blue + Sports Extra for the post-season, as this $46 per month combo will get you everything you need for the post season with local Fox affiliates (when available), TBS, FS1 and the MLB Network. Want ESPN? Upgrade to the Sling Orange & Blue + Sports Extra ($61 per month total) for that network.

White Sox vs Astros live streams in the UK

You can watch White Sox vs Astros live across the pond at 9:07 p.m. local BST Thursday. Those in the U.K. will want BT Sport, for Fox Sports 1's coverage of the game.  

Another option for non-BT subscribers is the BT Sport Monthly Pass (£25), which lets you watch via an app for a fixed time, with no need for a lengthy commitment.

All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the games by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN

White Sox vs Astros live streams in Canada

Canadian baseball fans can watch White Sox vs Astros live streams in Canada on SportsNet.

Marc Farzetta

Marc is a contributing sportswriter at Tom’s Guide covering the NFL, NBA and MLB as well as various other leagues. He is a graduate of Temple University where he studied Broadcasting and Journalism. Marc’s previous stops include the Trenton Times and NBC Sports Philadelphia. He also worked on the production crew of NBC Sunday Night Football for 11 seasons. When not working, Marc is probably sipping his next espresso to get him ready for more work.