The Stack joins you on this Wednesday with a couple of things to talk about. Not a whole lot going on outside of playoff baseball, but let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Wednesday, October 16:
Red Sox top Tigers in pitching duel
If you like dominant pitching, the Boston Red Sox-Detroit Tigers has been for you. Yesterday was another display of fantastic pitching and one swing decided the game. Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander struck out ten, but a homerun by Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli in the seventh inning porved to be the deciding factor. The Tigers had multiple chances to tie or take the lead getting runners on, but failed to get someone home and the Red Sox won game three 1-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. Red Sox pitcher John Lackey was terrific giving up just four hits and striking out eight. It's the second 1-0 game of the series and overall in the baseball playoffs the fourth 1-0 game in the last eleven days and the Red Sox and Tigers have been involved in half of them. In fact, this game is just the eleventh game in MLB postseason history that a team won 1-0 thanks to a solo homerun. The Tigers desperately need to win game four. They've seen their starting pitchers pitch absolutely fantastic this series yet find themselves down 2-1 thanks to a bullpen that blew it in game two and failure to get a clutch hit in game three. Game four is tonight at 8 PM ET on FOX.
Cardinals one win away from World Series
The St. Louis Cardinals are one win away from a trip to the World Series. Sound familiar? Sounds like a broken record, but the Cardinals are indeed one win away from going back to the World Series following a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cardinals put up a three spot in the third inning thanks to Matt Carpenter who hit an RBI double and Matt Holiday with a two-run homerun. The Dodgers fialed to even tie the game and, after Shane Robinson hit an insurance homerun in the eighth, the Dodgers hit into a double play in the top of the ninth when Andre Ethier appeared to almost give up on a ball hit to the second baseman. Instead of bulldozing him and allowing Yasiel Puig to reach first, Ethier stopped, perhaps trying to turn around and was tagged out and Puig was thrown out at first. So ended the momentum for the Dodgers and they lost the game. Now they have to win three straight to win the series, two of which will come in St. Louis. That is no small task, but the Dodgers can do it. In the two series that the Cardinals have been up 3-1, they've lost both, including last year's series against the San Francisco Giants. Things would seem to be different this year, but the Dodgers have a chance. It will be interesting to see if they can do it. Game five though is in LA and first pitch is today at 4 PM ET on TBS.
Jerod Mayo may be gone for the year
Mentioned yesterday that it was not a good week for injuries. Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was placed on IR with designation to return. He has a fractured fibula and will be out 6-8 weeks. The big news though is up in New England where linebacker Jerod Mayo's season may be over following surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. He was injured in Sunday's win over the Saints. Already without defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, this is a big blow to the Patriots defense. Mayo was their leader. He's the team's leading tackler. Someone will be plugged into this position and the show will go o, because that is what the Patriots do, but there is not denying that this is a very significant loss.
John Fox strikes back
Not that this Sunday night's game between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts needs more hype (it's Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis), Colts owner Jim Irsay and Broncos head coach John Fox are certainly adding to it. Irsay spoke in an interview with USA Today that he had no regrets on letting Manning go. Irsay said he wanted more rings. The Colts got one with Manning despite making the playoffs eleven times. Irsay pointed to the fact that Tom Brady and the Patriots have three. Was it a cheap shot? Perhaps. Not entirely a big deal. Well Fox apparently didn't think so, calling Irsay's comments "a cheap shot." Fox also called the comments "disappointing and inappropriate." In the end, Irsay may end up regretting saying what he said, because the Broncos clearly aren't happy with what he said and they will use it as extra motivation to crush the Colts Sunday night. What a game this will be.
Coming up Thursday: MLB playoff reaction plus TNF preview