The Stack is here on this Wednesday ready to talk World Series and offer a prediction. Plus, there are other stories making headlines so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, October 23:
St. Louis Cardinals @ Boston Red Sox 8:07 PM ET FOX (Game 1)
Two of the, if not thee, best baseball towns take center stage in the World Series this year. Both Boston and St. Louis are crazy for their respective teams. Both teams have an unquestionable amount of talent. Key players getting clutch hits when they need them most. St. Louis has Carlos Beltran and Boston has a multitude of them coming up with timely hits, especially in the series against Detroit. David Ortiz hit a grand slam in game two to tie the game. Mike Napoli hit a couple of big homeruns. Shane Victorino hit the series clinching grand slam Saturday. The Red Sox may not be hitting well, but they get the big hit when they need it most. They'll need them against the Cardinals pitching. Adam Wainwright starts game one and rookie sensation Michael Wacha starts game two. Wacha in three postseason starts has but a 0.43 ERA this postseason. As it should be, he's 3-0. He's not playing like a rookie and don't expect the big stage to rattle him at all. Cardinals have the edge in starting pitching. I believe the bullpens are somewhat even though I like Red Sox closer Koji Uehara over Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal. Plus, I like the Red Sox bats more than I do the Cardinals. The Cardinals may play slightly better defensively. This will be a tremendous World Series matchup and it should go pretty far as in six or seven games. Last two World Series appearances for the Red Sox have been sweeps...by them. Seems highly unlikely that that would happen in this series, but we've seen stranger things this baseball postseaon. In game one, I like the Red Sox. In the World Series, I like...
Prediction: Red Sox in 6
Enjoy the World Series everyone.
Lincecum, Giants agree to deal
Two-time NL Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum will be sticking around San Francisco a little longer. The Giants and Lincecum agreed to a two-year $35 million deal yesterday. The Giants clearly must think Lincecum will get back to his Cy Young form from a few years ago, because he was not good this year. He was 10-14 this year with a 4.37 ERA this year, almost a full run over his career average. Ouch. When he's on, he's one of the best pitchers in the NL and perhaps in all of baseball. Unfortunately, he wasn't last year and this money suggests that the Giants believe Lincecum will come back to form. Then again, the Giants did give Barry Zito a seven-year $126 million before so maybe they make a bad decision or two when it comes to giving pitchers money. Have to wait until next year to see how this pans out.
Miami (FL) receives punishment
The Nevin Shapiro scandal that hit the University of Miami (FL) have resulted in the NCAA giving the university no bowl ban and a loss of merely nine football scholarships over the next three years. Oh yeah, they athletic department has been placed on three years probation. Whoa! Nice job NCAA. Way to hit the "U" hard. I mean my goodness. Talk about a slap on the wrist. Maybe they were satisfied with the university's self-imposed sanctions that have been deemed "unprecedented." Try saying that with a straight face. What a joke. The NCAA is a joke when it comes to stuff like this. Oh, but it gets better. The NCAA suspended Missouri Tigers men's basketball coach Frank Haith five games for his role in the Miami (FL) scandal when he was the men's head basketball coach there. Missouri's first five games include: Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Illinois, Hawaii, Gardner Webb and IUPUI. All games are home except the Hawaii game which will be at a neutral site...in Kansas City! Can you say JOKE?! I can. This is a joke and I almost feel as though it is because the "U" is such a big university that the NCAA didn't want to punish them that hard. Regardless, this just makes the NCAA look worse in the eyes of many. They need a re-do button or fire everyone and start the whole process over again or change the flippin rules. Would that be so hard?
Despite Monday night's awful performance, it should come as no surprised that the Minnesota Vikings have named Josh Freeman their starting quarterback for Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers (8:30 PM ET NBC). Freeman came to Minnesota to see what he could give them at quarterback. Can he be the quarterback of the future? Obviously he looked terrible Monday night, but considering he's making more than Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder combined, the Vikings want Freeman to start again to see if he improves. Oh how embarrassed Vikings fans will be when they get spanked on national television again.
And in Philadelphia, reports are surfacing that Michael Vick will start against the New York Giants. He's missed the last two games with a pulled hamstring and if the Eagles want to have a chance of winning the NFC East, Vick needs to start at quarterback. Nick Foles beats the bad teams and stinks against the good teams. Rookie Matt Barkley is clearly not ready. Vick is the guy and he needs to start Sunday if the Eagles want to beat the Giants and end the team's nine game home losing streak.
Coming up Thursday: World Series game 1 reaction, TNF preview and other headlines.