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Postseason Picture: Each LCS tied, Game 3 on deck

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The Red Sox evened the American League Championship Series with a 7-5 victory over the Astros at Fenway Park on Sunday night as Boston seeks to dethrone the defending World Series champions. The big hit came courtesy of Jackie Bradley Jr., who drove a bases-clearing double off the Green Monster in the third inning to give the Red Sox a 5-4 lead. The series now shifts to Minute Maid Park, with what could be a pivotal Game 3 on Tuesday.

The National League Championship Series resumes tonight at Dodger Stadium, with the Brewers and Dodgers also tied at one game apiece. Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler will take the ball for Los Angeles, and Milwaukee will send veteran right-hander Jhoulys Chacin to the mound.

The Red Sox evened the American League Championship Series with a 7-5 victory over the Astros at Fenway Park on Sunday night as Boston seeks to dethrone the defending World Series champions. The big hit came courtesy of Jackie Bradley Jr., who drove a bases-clearing double off the Green Monster in the third inning to give the Red Sox a 5-4 lead. The series now shifts to Minute Maid Park, with what could be a pivotal Game 3 on Tuesday.

The National League Championship Series resumes tonight at Dodger Stadium, with the Brewers and Dodgers also tied at one game apiece. Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler will take the ball for Los Angeles, and Milwaukee will send veteran right-hander Jhoulys Chacin to the mound.

Here is a full breakdown of where things stand, with key dates for the LCS and World Series, as well as a complete breakdown of home-field advantage through the Fall Classic. 

Bracket

NL Championship Series (2-3-2 format): Dodgers vs. Brewers (series tied, 1-1)
Game 3, tonight at 7:39 ET, FS1

Even with Josh Hader unavailable after he pitched three innings in Game 1 on Friday, the Brewers looked like they had escaped serious damage in the seventh inning of NLCS Game 2 when Jeremy Jeffress escaped with a one-run lead intact after the Dodgers loaded the bases with nobody out. But in the eighth, Chris Taylor's leadoff single was followed by Justin Turner's first homer of the postseason to bring the series to Los Angeles tied 1-1.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Turner belts go-ahead 2-run homer

The Dodgers will hope that the friendly confines of Dodger Stadium in Game 3 will set the stage for a return to form for Buehler. The right-hander lost his command to a hostile Atlanta crowd in one bad inning of his NLDS Game 3 start against the Braves, when he walked the opposing pitcher with the bases loaded before yielding a grand slam to Ronald Acuna Jr. He had been otherwise stellar, with four perfect innings outside that troublesome second frame. Rich Hill will follow Buehler in Tuesday's Game 4 for the Dodgers.

Chacin, the Brewers' de facto ace, will take the mound for Milwaukee at Dodger Stadium, where the veteran righty has plenty of experience stemming from his eight seasons in the NL West with Colorado, Arizona and San Diego. He hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in his past dozen starts, including Game 163 and Game 2 of the NLDS against Colorado.

Video: NLCS Gm2: Jansen retires Yelich for clutch save

The Brewers are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, and this is their third trip to the LCS round. They defeated the Angels in five games in the 1982 ALCS, then lost to the Cardinals in six games in 2011. The Dodgers, meanwhile, have won six straight division crowns and advanced to the NLCS in all but two of those seasons. Last year, they beat the Cubs in five games before losing the World Series to the Astros. Two years ago, the Dodgers lost the NLCS to the eventual World Series champion Cubs.

AL Championship Series (2-3-2 format): Red Sox vs. Astros (series tied, 1-1)
Game 3, Tuesday at 5:09 ET on TBS

With the series tied at one game apiece following Boston's victory Sunday night, the ALCS will resume on Tuesday in Houston. Former AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel will start for the Astros, and the Red Sox will counter with Nathan Eovaldi.

Video: ALCS Gm2: Bradley Jr. clears bases with double

Keuchel started ALDS Game 3 against the Indians, allowing two runs over five innings in Houston's series-clinching 11-3 victory in Cleveland. His regular season was solid, though not as strong as his 2017 campaign; he went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA over 34 starts. He faced Boston once during the regular season, giving up five runs in six innings in a 6-5 Astros loss at Fenway Park on Sept. 9. He beat the Red Sox in Game 2 of last year's AL Division Series, yielding one run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings at Minute Maid Park. In nine career postseason appearances (eight starts), Keuchel is 4-2 with a 3.28 ERA.

Eovaldi was brilliant over seven innings in ALDS Game 3, giving up one run on five hits while walking none and striking out five during Boston's 16-1 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. It was the 28-year-old right-hander's first career postseason outing. He was also very good over his final 12 outings (11 starts) of the regular season after being traded from the Rays to the Red Sox, posting a 3.33 ERA. A Houston native, Eovaldi faced the Astros once during the regular season, surrendering four runs on seven hits over six innings in a June 20 loss at Minute Maid Park.

Video: ALCS Gm2: Betts drills an RBI double on TBS

This year's ALCS is a rematch of last year's ALDS, which Houston won in four games en route to the franchise's first title. Home-field advantage in this best-of-seven series (Games 1-2 and 6-7) goes to the Division Series winner with the higher regular-season winning percentage, but never a Wild Card team. That's the Red Sox, who won an MLB-best 108 games in the regular season.

The Astros, who swept the Indians in the ALDS, are the first AL team since the 2010 Yankees to make it back to the LCS in the year following a World Series title. The Red Sox are back in the ALCS for the first time since their 2013 title run. They lost in the ALDS in each of the last two seasons.

This series marks a reunion for Boston manager Alex Cora, who was the Astros bench coach when they knocked out the Red Sox in the playoffs last season en route to the World Series. Houston won the season series between these clubs, 4-3.

World Series presented by YouTube TV (2-3-2 format)
Game 1 is Tuesday, Oct. 23 on FOX (time TBD)

Home-field advantage in the World Series is no longer based on the result of the All-Star Game. Home field (Games 1-2 and 6-7) in this best-of-seven series will go to the team with the higher regular-season winning percentage, regardless of whether the team is a Wild Card winner or a Division Series winner.

Both the Red Sox and Astros finished with better records than the Brewers and Dodgers, so home-field in the Fall Classic is guaranteed to go to the AL club. 

If the two pennant winners go into the Fall Classic with identical regular-season records, the first tiebreaker will be head-to-head record in the regular season. If the teams did not play during the season during Interleague Play, the tiebreaker would go to the team with the better overall record against teams in its own division. If that were also a tie, the tiebreaker would be intraleague records (the NL club's record vs. NL teams and the AL team's record vs. AL teams).

Below are the World Series home-field advantage seedings, which are based on the regular 162-game schedule and do not factor in the two tiebreaker games played in the NL (aka Game 163).

1. Red Sox (108-54)
2. Astros (103-59)
3. Brewers (96-67)
4. Dodgers (92-71)