Oct. 07, 2016
"The Stack" 10-6-16
The Stack is back on this Thursday and we have plenty to get to with regards to college football, Thursday Night Football and more so let’s get right to it and see what’s in “the stack” for today, Thursday, October 6th:
Bumgarner shuts down Mets, Giants advance
It was a classic in Queens last night as two of the best pitchers in the game squared off and made sure that runs would be at a premium. Madision Bumgarner of the Giants versus Noah Syndergaard of the Mets and though Syndergaard ended up having more strikeouts, it was Bumgarner’s team that won thanks to a three-run homerun from Conor Gillaspie in the ninth inning. Who is Gillaspie you might ask? Just an injury substitute who hit the biggest homerun (and probably hit) of his life with that homerun that proved to be the deciding factor in the San Francisco Giants 3-0 win over the New York Mets. Mets closer Jeurys Familia who led MLB with 51 saves on the season gave up the homeurn. Both pitchers in this game were practically unhittable. Syndergaard was making the Giants look silly though the Giants have been terrible at the plate since the All-Star break. One swing changed all that. Syndergaard ended up striking out ten in seven innings of work. Bumgarner struck out six and gave up just four hits while going the distance. It was another classic outing by Bumgarner and now the Giants move on to face the Chicago Cubs. Can the pitching hold up in that series? Can the bats wake up? We’ll find out on Friday on FS1.
What a game Tuesday night between the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays even if Orioles manager Buck Showalter may have botched the game by not putting in Zach Britton who had only given up one earned run since April 30th. Edwin Encarnacion blasted a three-run homerun in the eleventh to win it. What an atmosphere, but hopefully Blue Jays fans will be a little bit better the rest of the playoffs and not throw cans of beer at opposing players. The Blue Jays are taking on the Texas Rangers today. The Cleveland Indians battle the Boston Red Sox today tonight. Both games are on TBS.
College football weekend forecast
It seems quite appropriate to use the word forecast in the heading when talking about college football this weekend since so many games could be affected by Hurricane Matthew which is approaching the Atlantic coasts of several southeastern states. #23 Florida State and #10 Miami (FL) are supposed to square off at 8 PM ET on ABC, but we’ll see if that happens. Numerous other games in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina could be affected including #25 Virginia Tech @ #17 North Carolina which is scheduled for 3:30 PM ET on ABC or ESPN2. Texas and #20 Oklahoma square off from the Texas state fair like they normally do (Noon ET FS1). Wonder if Texas can stop anyone.
The two biggest games of the week arguably are in the SEC where #9 Tennessee will look to get off to a fast start for once this season when they visit #8 Texas A&M (3:30 PM ET CBS). Didn’t think A&M would be that good this year. They have proven me wrong and we’re all just waiting for Tennessee to get in a hole that they can’t get out of for once. Maybe this week will finally be the week. #1 Alabama is certainly going to have a tough test when they visit #16 Arkansas (7 PM ET ESPN). Arkansas played Alabama tough the last time these two teams met. Can they hand the Crimson Tide their first loss? Doubt it. Should be a good weekend of college football. Stay safe everyone on the east coast.
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers 8:25 PM ET CBS & NFL Network (streaming live on Twitter)
This isn’t exactly a great matchup tonight on Thursday Night Football. No Carson Palmer which is a big loss for the Cardinals even if he hasn’t been that great of a quarterback this year. The Cardinals have been very disappointing this year, but the 49ers are not very good. The Cardinals are a better team and this has to be considered a must-win game for them. Then again, wasn’t last week a must-win for them? Regardless in a bad game tonight, the Cardinals find a way to win.
Prediction: Cardinals 16 49ers 13
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