Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 7:10 PM
TONIGHT THE RED SOX LOOK TO CLINCH A WORLD SERIES AT HOME FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 95 YEARS
BUT WILL WACHA, WACHA GET IN THEIR WAY?
PLUS ALL OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS/NOTES INCLUDING THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF THE
HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST AND A PEEK AT THE CINCY-MEMPHIS CLASH TONIGHT
AND TOMORROW’S ARIZONA STATE-WASH STATE TV TILT
By Jim Hurley
Hey, did you snag one of those $2,000 standing-room-only tickets for tonight’s World Series Game 6?
Ahh, what’s a few bucks to spend for a little piece of baseball history as this evening the Boston Red Sox shoot for a third World Series crown in the past 10 years (see 2004, ’07) while looking to nail down then franchise’s first World Series clincher at home since – get this – September 11, 1918.
We googled that date in baseball history and discovered that there were a mere 15,238 folks in attendance at then-newish Fenway Park for that 2-1 win against the Chicago Cubs and, yes, Babe Ruth did play in that game briefly as a leftfielder though he didn’t get any at-bats.
If the Sox are gonna wrap up this oft-sloppy World Series tonight at a jam-packed Fenway, then their “modern-day Babe Ruth” – a/k/a David Ortiz – likely will play a big part in the proceedings.
Ortiz enters tonight’s tilt against St. Louis RHP Michael Wacha with 11 hits in 15 at-bats (a glittering .733 batting average) with two home runs and six RBI along with four walks. Don’t you know it that “Big Papi” is in one of those real grooves but the Cards did finally retire him on a fly ball to centerfield in Game 5 the other night thus snapping his streak of reaching base nine consecutive times?
No doubt Wacha has been the Redbirds’ best starter this post-season: Remember he owns post-season road wins in Pittsburgh and Boston plus he won both of his starts in the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers all the while besting likely National League Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw twice in the process.
Wacha has thrown 27 innings this post-season and allowed just three earned runs with a K-to-BB ratio of 28-to-8 … so maybe the Cardinals should be excited by their chances of forging a Game 7 come Halloween Night.
Plus don’t forget that St. Louis is 8-1 in elimination games while dating back the past few years.
One final note while heading into Game 6:
The only Cardinal player to “go yard” this series has been LF Matt Holliday who has bashed two home runs – if St. Loo doesn’t power up tonight whether it be ailing RF Carlos Beltran or maybe C Yadier Molina, the odds are the lack of the long ball will catch up to Mike Matheny’s team and then the NL will see the end of its three-year World Series winning streak … the NL’s not won four consecutive World Series since 1979-thru-1982 and the Cards were those ’82 winners, remember!
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THE JIM SEZ HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST
We’re back with the latest Installment of the 2013 Heisman Trophy Watch List where we offer up our top five weekly contenders for college football’s most coveted individual award … now here’s how we see things shaping up as we get set to head into another big-time gridiron weekend:
1 – JAMEIS WINSTON, QB, FLORIDA STATE – This redshirt freshman remains our Heisman Trophy leader for a second straight week following last Saturday’s 292-yard, 3-TD passing performance in the 49-17 non-cover win against five-TD dog N.C. State. Thus, Winston enters this weekend’s high-profile prime-time bash against Miami with a total of 2,177 passing yards with 23 TDs and 4 INTs to go along with 3 rushing scores for a Seminoles squad that’s 7-0 overall and averaging a haughty 52.6 ppg.
2 – MARCUS MARIOTA, QB, OREGON – There’s not much to criticize when it comes to this 19-year-old soph who has helped the Ducks average a whopping 55.6 ppg through their 8-and-oh start. In last weekend’s albeit slow-starting 42-14 win/cover versus 23 ½-point pup UCLA, there was Mariota throwing for 230 yards with one TD and 0 INTs and so he enters the Nov. 7th game at Stanford still without a single pick this year while piling up 2,281 yards passing with 20 TDs plus 511 rushing yards and 9 ground scores. Note that Mariota’s completed 75 percent of his passes this year. He’s a solid second right now but still has plenty of time to overhaul Winston in this race for the hardware … let’s see if he can get “mission accomplished”.
3 – JOHNNY MANZIEL, QB, TEXAS A&M – For the fourth straight week we’ve kept last year’s Heisman Trophy winner right there in the No. 3 hole in this race for the bronzed statue but the problem for “Johnny Football” is that his 6-and-2 Aggies won’t be partaking in many “monster” games the rest of the way and so catching up to the likes of Winston and/or Mariota may be tough. Manziel’s season stats to this point include 2,594 yards passing with 22 TDs and 8 INTs along with 497 rushing yards (a gaudy 5.6 ypc average) and 6 TDs. Manziel last weekend shook off arm/elbow ailments to complete all 10 of his passes on A&M’s opening drive en route to a 56-24 demolition of 18-point road dog Vanderbilt.
4 – BRYCE PETTY, QB, BAYLOR – Here’s the debut appearance on this Jim Sez Heisman Trophy Watch List for the 6-foot-3 junior who has helped spark the Bears to a 7-0 start that features an offense averaging nearly 64 ppg. Note that Petty – a native Texan – last weekend threw for 430 yards with three TDs and 0 INTs in a 59-14 win/cover against 5-TD dog Kansas and so that means the 2013 stat line for Mr. Petty reads like this: 2,453 yards passing, 18 TDs and 1 INT with a 69.3 completion percentage. If Petty can win a couple of “name-the-score” wins against Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in the coming weeks then he may inch his way closer to the top spot on this Heisman rung.
5 – SEAN MANNION, QB, OREGON STATE – We dropped this Beavers’ slinger one spot in our Heisman Trophy Watch List but refuse to KO him from the top five just because O-State (6-2) was a 20-12 loser against Stanford last Saturday night in Corvallis. Mannion’s numbers in that game – 41 completions in 57 pass attempts for 271 yards with one TD and 0 INT were not bad – and his season stats remain eye-popping in nature with 3,263 yards, 30 TDs and 3 INTs. Still, if Stanford doesn’t make that successful goal line stand late and perhaps Oregon State wins that Pac-12 bash in OT, you might have Mannion ahead of Manziel in this Heisman race.
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In tonight’s NCAA Football action, it’s …
CINCINNATI (5-2, 2-1 AAC) at MEMPHIS (1-5, 0-3 AAC) – 8 p.m. ET, espn2
It’s football on a school night and likely you’ve noticed the visiting Cincinnati Bearcats opened as a 5-point betting favorite and it’s down to a measly point-and-a-half in most circles – neither team has played since Oct. 19th and Cincy QB Brandon Kay is fresh off a 300-yard, four-TD showing in a 41-16 win against Connecticut while Memphis had some real soul-searching to do after getting down 31-3 to SMU in an eventual 34-29 home loss. The Tigers surrendered 460 offensive yards in that latest “L” and note Memphis ranks 93rd nationally (out of 125 FBS teams) in passing offense.
Spread Note – Cincinnati has failed to cover all three of its away games this year (at Illinois, Miami-Ohio and South Florida) after compiling a tidy 8-4-1 ATS (against the spread) mark on the road the past two years.
On Thursday Night, it’s …
ARIZONA STATE (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) at WASHINGTON STATE (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12) – 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Be aware that these Pac-12 teams are a combined 10-5 versus the vig this year and that includes back-to-back wins/covers for the A-State Sun Devils starring RB Marion Grice (553 yards rushing and 12 TDs) while it’s no surprise how Mike Leach’s Wazzau bunch travels as QB Connor Halliday (2,798 yards passing with 17 TDs and 18 INTs) powers the country’s sixth-ranked passing attack.
Note that Washington State’s defense has yielded 52-or-more points in three of the team’s last four games.
Spread Note – The home team has covered eight of the last 10 games in this Pac-12 series and note Arizona State (-22 ½) bopped Wash State 46-7 last year in Tempe.
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