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2023 World Series schedule: Dates, TV channel as Rangers advance to Fall Classic with home-field advantage

The 2023 World Series gets started on Friday night at Globe Life Field. The Texas Rangers, who ousted the defending champion Houston Astros in ALCS Game 7 on Monday night, will host Game 1 of the Fall Classic. They’ll find out their opponent on Tuesday night as the Philadelphia Phillies host the Arizona Diamondbacks in NLCS Game 7. While we don’t know the exact World Series matchup, we do know the dates and broadcast information. 

The 2023 Fall Classic gets started Friday (Oct. 27), and will run at least through Oct. 31. The World Series will stretch into November unless it’s a four-game sweep.

Below is a look at the 2023 World Series schedule. All 2023 World Series games will be streaming on fubo (try for free).

2023 World Series schedule

Friday, Oct. 27
World Series Game 1: Rangers vs. Phillies/Diamondbacks (Fox/fubo)

Saturday, Oct. 28
World Series Game 2: Rangers vs. Phillies/Diamondbacks (Fox/fubo)

Monday, Oct. 30
World Series Game 3: Phillies/Diamondbacks vs. Rangers (Fox/fubo)

Tuesday, Oct. 31
World Series Game 4: Phillies/Diamondbacks vs. Rangers (Fox/fubo)

Wednesday, Nov. 1
World Series Game 5*: Phillies/Diamondbacks vs. Rangers (Fox/fubo)

Friday, Nov. 3
World Series Game 6*: Rangers vs. Phillies/Diamondbacks (Fox/fubo)

Saturday, Nov. 4
World Series Game 7*: Rangers vs. Phillies/Diamondbacks (Fox/fubo)
*-if necessary

Why Rangers have home-field advantage in World Series

World Series home-field advantage is determined by who had the best regular-season record. This year’s home-field advantage is trickier to determine than most years because two of the three remaining teams finished 90-72 in the regular season. The Rangers and Phillies had 90 wins, while the Diamondbacks went 84-78 in the regular season. When teams have the same record, the head-to-head tiebreaker comes into play.

So yes, the Rangers, the No. 5 seed in the American League and a team that has not had home-field advantage in any round of the postseason to date, will have home-field advantage in the World Series. The Rangers lost the AL West and home-field advantage in the ALCS to the Astros by virtue of losing the season series to their in-state rivals 9-4. However, Texas swept the Phillies in a season-opening three-game series that began on Opening Day (March 30), and it could be the reason why the Rangers host Game 1 of the World Series.

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