Is the roof open or closed for Texas Rangers-Houston Astros ALCS Game 4?

Ahead of a pivotal game in the ALCS matchup between the Rangers and Astros, here's how Globe Life Field could make a difference on Thursday night.
A general view of the entrance to Globe Life Field
A general view of the entrance to Globe Life Field / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

ARLINGTON, Texas — Ahead of a pivotal ALCS Game 4 matchup between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros, a big decision has been made about the status of the roof at Globe Life Field.

Will the roof be closed or open at Globe Life Field for Rangers-Astros?

After being closed for ACLS Game 3, a matchup where the Houston Astros logged an 8-5 win to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the series, the roof will indeed be open for Thursday night's Game 4 battle.

According to a social media message from John Blake, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the Texas Rangers, "Consistent with the guidelines used during the regular season, Major League Baseball has determined that the Globe Life Field roof will be open for tonight’s ALCS Game 4."

Temperatures in Arlington were expected to be in the high 70s or low 80s around first pitch (7:03 Central time) and will drop to the low 70s around 10 p.m. There is no chance of precipitation.

Another interesting note with the roof status is Andrew Heaney making the start for the Rangers. In the 11 regular-season home games where the Globe Life Field roof was open during the regular season, Heaney was the starter in four of them. Texas went 2-2 in those games, including winning the final outing for Heaney (and the team) with the roof open on May 21 against the Colorado Rockies in a 13-3 pummeling.

Each of the last 59 games (including postseason) here in Arlington have been played with the roof closed, but that will change on Thursday night.

Heaney will oppose Houston's Jose Urquidy (1-0, 3.18 ERA in the postseason) in what will be a high-stakes game for both teams. As detailed yesterday, the win by the Astros shifted the odds of advancing more in their favor.