The Stack joins you on this Wednesday with not a ton to talk about. However, the topics that are making headlines are good. If you missed yesterday's blog which was posted late, you can find it here. Now let's get right tot it and see what's in "the stack" for today, Wednesday, September 25:
Cleveland wins on walkoff, Hunt for October update
Down 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and one runner on, Cleveland Indians pinch hitter Jason Giambi stepped to the plate and delivered a walk-off two run homerun to lift the Indians past the Chicago White Sox 5-4. It was an unbelievable moment. The radio call was great. More importantly, the Indians are still hanging on to the final playoff spot in the AL.
The AL wild card race has been great and starting to take shape with only a few days left in the regular season. The Tampa Bay Rays are holding the first wild card spot and they stayed there after beating the New York Yankees 7-0. The Yankees needed to come out and possibly sweep the Rays in order to make a legit playoff run. As a result of their loss, the Yankees are out of playoff contention either with their next loss or an Indians win.
The Texas Rangers have had a pretty big collapse to go from leading the AL West to being on the outside looking in at the playoffs. They are doing their best to make it back in thanks in large part to the fact that they are playing the worst team in baseball, the Houston Astros. Texas beat Houston 3-2 last night to remain one game back in the wild card race.
Kansas City's slim playoff hopes are
now even slimmer following the Royals 4-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
If Kansas City loses one more game and the Indians win one more game,
the Royals are out of playoff contention. Things are looking up in KC
though. Watch out for the Royals next year.
The Baltimore Orioles are out of the playoff race following their 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Couple that with the loss of Manny Machado Monday who suffered a torn ligament, times are a little low in Baltimore.
The Detroit Tigers clinched a playoff spot last night with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. One more win and the Tigers should clinch the AL Central. I think that will happen. Boston and Oakland have won the AL East and AL West divisions respectively.
Things are a lot more interesting in the AL than the NL. The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dogers have won their divisions, the NL East and NL West. The St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds are all in. They're just fighting for whoever wins the division and who will host the one-and-done playoff game. The Cardinals had a no-hitter broken up in the ninth inning, but beat the Washington Nationals 2-0.
They maintain a two game lead in the NL Central over the Pittsburgh Pirates who knocked off the Chicago Cubs 8-2. However, the Pirates are top NL wild card team right now as Cincinnati lost to the New York Mets 4-2. I think it would be awesome to see the Pirates, in the playoffs for the first time since 1992, host a playoff game rather than playing it on the road. Right now, that's what is going to happen, but the Pirates have to keep winning. After their series with the Cubs, the Pirates travel to (gulp) Cincinnati. This will definitely decide who is the top wild card team.
It's almost time for the MLB postseason. It's going to be a great tournament. Can't wait.
Other misc. headlines
The 2015 NBA All-Star game will be co-hosted in New York by the Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets will host Saturday night's festivities at the new Barclays Center while the Knicks and Madison Square Garden will host the the all-star game itself on Sunday...The NCAA will gradually give Penn State more scholarships starting next year, perhaps an admission that they were a little harsh in the penalites they handed out as a result of the Jerry Sandusky saga. Penn State had a scholarship reduction so it will be nice that they are going to be able to give more of them out...And two injuries in the NFL to talk about. First, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer is done for the year. He will undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee. He had surgery in July and his body just never responded. Big loss for the Cowboys. And Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm after getting in a car accident Monday night. He was reaching for (wait for it)...a box of pizza that had fallen at the time of the accident. He will have surgery today. He is not going to go on IR.
Coming up Thursday: Hunt for October update, Thursday night football preview and more.