The Stack is here on this Thursday with not a whole lot to talk about. Having said that, there are baseball playoffs and a Thursday Night Football preview to talk about so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Thursday, October 10:
Cardinals top Pirates, advance to NLCS
When the Pittsburgh Pirates failed to win game four against the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh, you had a feeling they were in trouble. That ended up being the truth as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 6-1 to advance to the NLCS where they will meet the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was dominant in this one. He was in complete control. Twice the Pirates hit into double plays where the Cardinals shifted their defense so that the second baseman was closer to first base and doubled up the runner on first. Really killed the Pirates momentum. The Cardinals staked Wainwright to an early 2-0 lead when David Freese hit a two-run homerun to left in the bottom of the second. The real back-breaker though was in the eighth inning when Matt Adams hit a two-run homerun that really put the game out of reach at 5-1 at that point. The Cardinals tacked on another run and Wainwright struck out the Pirates best hitter in the postseason, really all year for that matter, Pedro Alvarez to win the game.
For the Pirates, and their fans, it was a magical year. Yes it certainly would have been nice to win the NLDS, especially against the Cardinals, but the Pirates did get their first winning season in 20 years and made it to the playoffs. They have a lot of young talent and great pitching. They're going to be no one-year wonders. This team is here to stay. The Cardinals meanwhile will welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers. Game one is Friday in St. Louis. Should be a fantastic series.
The Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics will decide their series tonight with first pitch at 8:07 PM ET on TBS. There has been no shortage of bad blood in this series. Both games in Oakland were low scoring affairs. Detroit would seem to have the momentum, but Oakland has fought hard all year long and proven the doubters and naysayers wrong. Should be a good game. Leaning Detroit.
Julio Jones officially done for the year
The Atlanta Falcons nightmare of a season so far get worse yesterday when they confirmed what had previously been reported that wide receiver Julio Jones will have season-ending foot surgery. Jones injured the foot in Monday's game against the New York Jets. Devestating news for both the team and Jones, not to mention fantasy football owners everywhere. Jones was having a great year and the Falcons really were relying on him thanks to Roddy White's ankle injury. Jones should be ready for the start of the 2014 season. The Falcons have a bye this week.
New York Giants @ Chicago Bears 8:25 PM ET NFL Network
The winless Giants take to the Windy City searching for their first win of the season. It's going to be tough on a short week. Eli Manning is throwing picks like crazy. They have no running game and David Wilson will miss this week with an injury. The defense gives up at least 30 points a game like it is their job. How can they fix all of that on a short week? Plus, they aren't playing a cupcake. The Bears are a good team and they're anxioius to end their two game losing streak. Jay Cutler may be licking his chops at this matchup. He could have a really good game. At some point the Giants will win. They're not that bad are they? Unfortunately, don't see a win happening this week.
Prediction: Bears 34 Giants 24
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