The growing legend known as Patrick Mahomes

I haven’t written a published article since August. Patrick Mahomes brought me out of my hibernation. That’s how special he is. The No. 1 defense in the NFL in points, yards and first downs allowed and yards per play and yards per pass attempt – the Baltimore Ravens, had two chances on fourth down in the fourth quarter to end the game at Arrowhead on Sunday, but both times Patrick Mahomes – the best quarterback…and maybe the best player in the NFL, and the Chiefs converted – the second a TD pass to seldom-used Damien Williams, who also had a 1-yard TD plunge in the first quarter, on 4th and 3 from the 5-yard line. The first – a 4th and 9 from the Chiefs own 46, was a superhuman throw (and his fourth down TD): It ranks up there with his left-handed throw in Denver, which led to his first game-winning drive of the season…one where he overcame a second down and 30: ...and his scramble-around TD pass against the Niners: By the way, Mahomes practices these throws. WHO DOES [Read more...]

Chiefs 53-man roster projection

With one preseason game left to play in two days, we think we have seen enough to predict the Chiefs 53-man roster. Quarterback (3): Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, Chase Litton Mahomes and Henne are locks, of course, but Litton, the undrafted free agent from Marshall, and Matt McGloin - the current third teamer, are in a battle for the third QB. McGloin does have NFL experience, but we like Litton here due to his higher upside. Running back (4): Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware, Damien Williams, Darrel Williams The crowded running back corps became less crowded when the Chiefs parted ways with Charcandrick West last week, but there's still some questions. Will the Chiefs keep three backs, or four? Ware made his preseason debut on Saturday, playing with both the 1's and 2's, so the possibility of Ware starting on the injured list has dwindled. In addition to Damien and Darrel Williams, there's also Kerwynn Williams, who excelled down the stretch last season in Arizona as the third down back. [Read more...]

Remembering MOOOOOOOOSE: Our favorite Mike Moustakas moments

As everyone knows by now, Mike Moustakas was traded late Friday night in front of the approaching trade deadline, and the consensus seems to be the Royals got a very good return in Top 100 prospect OF Brett Phillips and former Top 100 prospect in RHP Jorge Lopez. Phillips, who arrived after Game 2 of Saturday's double header had started without his bats that the airline lost, made his debut Sunday and welcomed himself to Royals fans with this play: Phillips, who has been a Top 100 prospect since 2016, where he was ranked as high as No. 32 by MLB's rankings (and N0. 81 entering this season), was blocked in the Brewers system by their luxury of goods in the outfield and was expendable. Hitting only .182/.250/.273 in a limited stint with the Brewers this year (24 plate appearances in 15 games) and .240/.331/.411 with 6 HR, 25 RBI and 11 SB in AAA Colorado Springs, he did hit .276/.351/.448 with 4 HR, 12 RBI and 5 SB in 37 games in a late-season call-up last year. Known for his speed, [Read more...]

The ‘Worst’ Royals All-Star selections

Major League Baseball has the most competitive and, in my opinion, by far has the best All-Star Game. Sure, there are things that could make it better. One aspect that some dislike about the current All-Star game set-up is that every team has to be represented in the Midsummer Classic. However, most years even the worst of teams have a worthy enough player. This year, the Royals had two – wHIT Merrifield, who ended the first half with hits in 15 of his last 16 games, which included a 13-game hitting streak. In 91 games this season, he is hitting slashing .307/.378/.434. His 30 doubles rank third him in the AL, and best among all second baseman. He has 5 HR, well off his career-high pace of last year (19), 30 RBI, 42 runs and 17 stolen bases, which ranks fourth in the AL, this season. His 2.8 WAR easily leads the team. Mike Moustakas would have also been a better choice. He has been OK at the plate, slashing .249/.306/.466, thanks to an 0-14 to end the first half, but with 18 HR, 58 [Read more...]

Kelvin Herrera, #ForeverRoyal

Minutes before Monday night’s series opener with the Rangers, the Royals announced the trade of closer Kelvin Herrera to the Washington Nationals for three minor leaguers: 3B Kelvin Gutierrez, OF Blake Perkins and right-handed pitcher Yohanse Morel. “It’s been an amazing journey with Kelvin, but we felt it was best case for everybody,” GM Dayton Moore said. “He’s one of the best relievers in the game and this is the deal we felt made the most sense. He’s family. We love him. And we want him to do really well…Without him, there’s no way we can ever make it to a World Series, win a World Series.” Herrera, who had not allowed a walk all season until his last appearance – a blown save against the Reds a week ago, will help bloster a Nats bullpen that also features Sean Doolittle (2-2, 1.71 ERA, 0.568 WHIP, 12.2 K/9, 19/20 saves). Herrera, who will be a free agent after this season, was one of the few bright spots for the Royals (22-51), recording a 1.05 ERA with 14 saves (16 chances), 22 [Read more...]

Royals Top 50 Moments: No. 30-21

The Royals are celebrating their 50th season.  We’re going to celebrate with a Top 50 list of the greatest moments in franchise history. No. 50-41 No. 40-31 We're more than a third of the way into the 2018 season and its quite clear that the Royals, on pace for a 55-win season, will not have much else to celebrate this season besides their 50th Anniversary. 30.  Lou Piniella wins 1969 Rookie of the Year On Tuesday, April 8, 1969, the Royals would beat the Minnesota Twins, who would go on to win the American League Western Division title, 4-3 in twelve innings.  The first batter of the game, a rookie by the name of Lou Piniella, whom the Royals had acquired via a trade with the Seattle Pilots just a week prior, led off with a double off Twins pitcher, Tom Hall.  The next batter, Jerry Adair, would single to left field, scoring Piniella and giving the Royals a 1-0 lead. Piniella was responsible for the Kansas City Royals’ first AB, first hit, first run and led the Royals to their [Read more...]

Meet the rookies + a way too early 53-man roster projection

With the 2018 Draft concluded, there have been plenty of hot takes regarding picks, draft day trades, and moves not made. The Chiefs draft has been analyzed extremely heavily, and grades from analysts has ranged from B’s to low C’s and D’s. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but is it possible that we’re being too hard on the Chiefs? It wouldn’t seem like it listening to most analysts,  but there’s a reason the team has won the division in consecutive years, despite their some of their best players (Eric Berry, Justin Houston) missing significant time. They've also drafted FOUR Pro Bowl rookies (Travis Kelce, Marcus Peters, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt), so maybe they're doing something right, despite their so-so draft grades. In his first run in free agency, it was clear what GM Brett Veach had in mind for the Chiefs. He wanted youth and speed, and didn’t hesitate to rid the team of bloated contracts of aging veterans. The addition of Sammy Watkins struck a surprisingly [Read more...]

How Bad is the Royals Offense?

A lot has been said about the much-maligned Royals bullpen, but the offense has been really bad, too. Add the two together, and it's no wonder the team is 7-21 and just endured their worst April (7-19) in franchise history, and matched their worst start in franchise history (5-20). Just how bad has the offense been? While Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler continue to have excellent years, that is about where this feel good story ends. Whit Merrifield and Abraham Almonte are holding their own and deserve a pass from criticism as well, but the rest….well…   LOOK AT THAT! The Royals are actually STACKED with offensive leaders right!!???? Wrong. When sorting by "OFF" according to Fangraphs, the Royals managed to place 3 players inside the top 21 worse offensive players in all of baseball. Alcides Escobar also manages to clock in at No. 37 on today's countdown as well. Want it to look worse? How about if we just do the American League only…. SWEET HEAVEN…..MY EYES! MAKE IT STOP! [Read more...]

Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 2.0

It’s NFL Draft week! And, we’re less than 12 hours away from the first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. For the Chiefs, however, they’ll likely have to wait until Day 2, as they do not have a first round pick this year – the price paid for Patrick Mahomes. Round 2, pick 22 (54th Overall): EDGE rusher Lorenzo Carter (Georgia) Measureables: Height - 6-5 Weight – 250 Hands - 10 3/8 Arms – 34 40 YD - 4.5 Vertical - 36 Broad - 10.1 The Chiefs lacked pass pressure last year. Dee Ford was injured, the aging Tamba Hali did play much and Justin Houston can only do so much. Carter brings a fire desperately needed opposite Houston. With the addition of Carter, the return of Ford and hopeful growth of last year’s second rounder Tanoh Kpassagnon, the Chiefs pass rush could be much improved in 2018. Carter is very good at finding and getting to the ball, contains the edge and has a good first step. He needs to put on little extra muscle and needs patience to help fight off [Read more...]

From the B-BOAT to this…What the hell happened to the Royals bullpen?

It was not long ago that the Royals had the best bullpen in baseball, spearheaded by their backend, which was historic, in fact – the B-BOAT. Fast forward three seasons to this one, and the Royals, just three seasons removed from a World Series and one from the End of an Era, are 4-14. The bullpen is the worst in baseball…AND ITS NOT CLOSE. What a long fall it’s been. The bullpen results are not surprising when you see who the dudes are in the pen. But, the construction of the pen is a bit of a surprise when you consider what GM Dayton Moore has been able to do with the bullpen in his tenure. He demonstrated in his early years in Kansas City that he was able to build a bullpen – even on the bad teams. And, he was able to do it finding cheap guys off the scrapheap. The Royals revolutionizing how bullpens were built and used is well known. The league is now mimicking (or trying to) what the Royals did during their Golden Age. The build up started way back in 2012, when they posted the [Read more...]