ARLINGTON, Texas — With the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros meeting for Game 5 of the ALCS on Friday afternoon rather than Friday evening, does that make a change in the status for the roof at Globe Life Field?
Will the roof be open or closed at Globe Life Field for Game 5 of the Astros-Rangers ALCS matchup?
Unlike the first two games of the series here in Arlington, Friday's pivotal Game 5 begin at 4:07 p.m. (Central time), meaning it will be earlier in the day than Games 3 and 4 which were set for primetime viewing (7:03 p.m. Central first pitch). With that in mind, the roof will indeed be closed for Game 5.
Thursday's Game 4 matchup was the first of the entire series where the roof at either Globe Life Field or Minute Maid Park was open, a decision that seemed to catch Houston manager Dusty Baker offguard and not sit too well with him either. Regardless, Houston put up 10 runs on its way to a 10-3 win that evened the series at 2-2. Through the first four games of the series, no home team has recorded a victory.
According to Elias, this is the seventh best-of-seven series in MLB history to have the road team win each of the first four games. It's also the first time it has happened since the 2019 World Series when the road team won all seven contests as the Washington Nationals prevailed over the Astros. The only other time the LCS has had the road team come out on top in the first four games was in 1993 when the Toronto Blue Jays won Games 1 and 2 in Chicago before the White Sox won Games 3 and 4 north of the border. Toronto would go on to win the series in six games.