"The Stack" 10-10-19

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw gave up back-to-back homeruns on back-to-back pitches in the 8th inning to see the Washington Nationals tie the game. The Nationals would go on to win 7-3 in the tenth inning after hitting a grand slam to advance to the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Stacks is back on this Thursday and we have an elimination MLB game tonight. We had a couple yesterday. Oh yeah, there is also a TNF NFL game too. Let’s see what’s all in “the stack” for today, Friday, October 10th:

MLB Playoffs Update

The baseball playoffs are a fickle thing. Maybe funny thing is a more appropriate thing to say. Either way, we saw two game fives won by road teams yesterday in stunning fashion. In Atlanta, the St. Louis Cardinals scored ten runs…in the first inning! It ties for the most runs in one inning in postseason history and the most runs in a first inning ever in MLB postseason history. The game was over after the first inning. The Braves never had a chance, losing 13-1. The most impressive thing about it is that the Cardinals scored ten runs in the first inning without hitting a homerun. In the year of the long ball, to not hit a homerun is remarkable.

On the other side of the country, the Los Angeles Dodgers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over the Washington Nationals after the first couple of innings. It looked like they were going to breeze to victory. However, in the 8th inning, the Dodgers brought in Clayton Kershaw. He had actually recorded an out in the 7th inning and the Dodgers brought him back out for the 8th. Kershaw ended up giving up homeruns to on back-to-back pitches and the Washington Nationals tied the game. This only further pushes the he can’t get it done in the postseason. You saw an image of him alone in the dugout just stunned. His mind was out in space. He was numb. Then the Nationals completed the deal by hitting a grand slam in the tenth inning and they beat the Dodgers 7-3 to advance to the NLCS against the Cardinals. Kershaw didn’t give up the grand slam or any of the hits in the tenth inning, but the damage had already been done. Unbelievable. No other way to say it.

In the AL, we have a game five tonight in Houston where the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Houston Astros (8 PM ET FS1). All of the pressure in the world is on the Astros and pitcher Gerrit Cole. Why do I have a feeling he won’t get it done and the Rays are going to emerge victorious? I hope I’m wrong.

College football weekend forecast

There is a major snowstorm that is going to hit the Dakotas. It already hit Montana. It shouldn’t affect Minnesota where the undefeated Golden Gophers take on Nebraska at 7:30 PM ET. Oh you don’t care much about that game? Sorry.

Ah yes, the big games. The Red River Rivalry resumes once again at the Texas State Fair and I think it is fair to say that things will be heated between #6 Oklahoma and # 11 Texas (Noon ET, FOX). Can Texas stop Jalen Hurts? I’m not so sure they can. Texas needs to win to stay alive in the College Football Playoff discussion. It should be a fantastic game.

Is a Tidal wave going to come over College Station? Yes. #1 Bama comes to town and while I thought initially this would be a game they would lose, #24 Texas A&M hasn’t been all that impressive, but maybe head coach Jimbo Fisher will have his guys extra motivated.

One of the best rivalries in college football, USC and Notre Dame play this weekend in South Bend (7:30 PM ET NBC). I do not see the #9 Fighting Irish losing this game.

The other two big games of the weekend are #10 Penn State @ #17 Iowa (7:30 PM ET ABC) and #7 Florida @ #5 LSU (8 PM ET ESPN). College Gameday will be in Baton Rouge. Beware of Gators. I don’t the Bayou Bengals losing this game. Death Valley is a very difficult place to play…especially at night. LSU wins. And as for Penn State and Iowa, a general lack of respect has been given to Penn State so far. They have the better offense than Iowa and will exit Iowa City with a narrow victory.

This should be a great weekend of college football. Enjoy it everyone!

2-3 New York Giants @ 5-0 New England Patriots 8:20 PM ET FOX & NFL Network

Let’s see…no Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepherd or Wayne Gallman for this game. They aren’t playing because of injuries. Why on earth would I pick the Giants to win?

Prediction: Patriots 38 Giants 6

Coming up Friday: NFL week 6 previews and predictions