Oct. 26, 2016
"The Stack" 10-25-16
The Stack is back on this Tuesday with a short post today as we try and prepare for our NBA season preview blog post to go tomorrow. World Series preview today though so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Tuesday, October 25th:
Broncos shut down Osweiler’s return to Denver
We all saw this coming, at least should have seen this coming. Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans were once again terrible on the road against one of the best teams in the NFL. The Denver Broncos shut the Texans down all night in route to a 27-9 win on Monday Night Football. Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian wasn’t tremendous, but he didn’t have to be. The Broncos running game did the job and their defense was dominant. Osweiler had 131 yards passing. DeAndre Hopkins looks lost in this offense, because Osweiler has no concept of pushing the ball down the field. It’s bad in Houston. No other way around it.
Chicago Cubs @ Cleveland Indians 8 PM ET FOX
Two long suffering baseball franchises meet in a World Series dripping with headlines. The scene was simply tremendous in Wrigley Field and outside on the streets Saturday night after the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 to advance to their first World Series in what 70 years? Last time was 1946? Their bats have finally awoken. Look at the lineup and tell me where there is an easy out. Kris Bryant is tremendous. Javier Baez is good. Anthony Rizzo is good. Addison Russell tremendous young talent. This is a very difficult lineup to stop. The Dodgers had it going in the first three games of the NLCS with the breaking ball. Perhaps the Indians will look at that and see what they can do. They are turning to Corey Kluber for game one. Can Trevor Bauer pitch effectively in this series or will that drone cutting injury keep him from being a contributing factor? Indians manager Terry Francona has made some masterful pitching decisions this postseason. Andrew Miller out of the bullpen has been practically unhittable. Francona is going to once again have to make some incredibly difficult decisions in this series I feel like. So far so good, but against the Cubs it will be different. One fan base will be in complete jubilation. The other one will not. I’m going with the fan base that has been suffering for over a century.
Pick: Cubs in 5
Coming up Wednesday: 2016-17 NBA season preview