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How to watch Astros vs. Yankees ALCS Game 5 tonight without cable

With a win tonight the Astros advance to the World Series. Cord cutters can stream it live on FS1.

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The Astros' Carlos Correa and George Springer could have more reason to celebrate tonight. 

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New York residents pining for a Yankees/Nationals World Series are now seeing those hopes on life support. After another strong showing in an 8-3 win Thursday night, the Houston Astros find themselves one win away from advancing to yet another Fall Classic as they look to close out the best-of-seven American League Championship Series tonight. And they're are sending out the right man to seal the deal: 2019 Cy Young front-runner and future hall-of-famer Justin Verlander will take the hill in Game 5 tonight. The Yankees, meanwhile, will be sending out James Paxton in their bid stave off elimination and continue the series back in Houston this weekend.

Tonight's game will be broadcast on FS1. First pitch for Game 5 is set for 7:08 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 18. The winner will take on the Nationals in the World Series, starting Tuesday night. 

Here's what cord cutters need to know to watch the remaining ALCS games live without cable.

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What's the MLB postseason schedule look like?

Here's the remaining schedule for the best-of-seven ALCS (all times ET): 

  • Friday, Oct. 18: HOU at NYY Game 5, FS1, 7:08 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 19: NYY at HOU Game 6 (if necessary), Fox or FS1
  • Sunday, Oct. 20: NYY at HOU Game 7 (if necessary), Fox or FS1

The World Series begins Tuesday, Oct. 22. If it goes the distance, Game 7 of the World Series will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

How can I watch on TV?

The remainder of the MLB postseason will be broadcast on Fox and FS1, with the ALCS on switching between the two networks.

The World Series is on Fox.

How can I watch online?

You can livestream games on the Fox Sports Go app, but you'll need to authenticate your account to prove you're a pay-TV subscriber. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured here. 

Cord cutters can watch postseason baseball with a live TV streaming service, but not every service carries every local network (Fox, in this case). See below to find out which services carry Fox and FS1 to watch AL postseason games and the World Series.

Hulu with Live TV costs $45 a month and includes Fox, FS1 and TBS. Click the "View all channels in your area" link on its welcome page to see if you get Fox where you live.

YouTube TV costs $50 a month and includes the channels you need -- Fox, FS1 and TBS -- to watch every postseason game. For Fox in your area, get the details about YouTube TV's available networks here.

PlayStation Vue's $50-a-month Access plan includes Fox, FS1 and TBS. Plug in your ZIP code here to see if Fox is available in your area.

AT&T Now TV Now's basic $50-a-month Plus package includes Fox, FS1 and TBS. Enter your ZIP code here to see if you can get Fox in your area. 

FuboTV costs $55 a month and includes a live feed of Fox in dozens of markets, along with FS1 and TBS.

Sling TV's $25-a-month Blue or Orange package includes TBS. Neither package includes FS1, but Sling Blue customers in select cities can watch Fox. (Sling TV is currently discounted by 40% for the first month.)

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our massive streaming services guide.

MLB.com At Bat app

The MLB.com At Bat app is great for watching out-of-market baseball games during the regular season, but it's less useful for tuning into baseball's postseason, because you must be a subscriber to a participating pay TV provider. The list is short and can be found here. If you're a subscriber to one of the pay TV providers listed, the Postseason Package will run you $25. To sweeten the deal, the Postseason Package includes spring training games next year.

Over-the-air antenna

If you just want to watch the World Series on Fox, you can do so with an over-the-air digital antenna. We have suggestions for the best indoor antennas that start as low as $10.