5 Things to Watch For in Chiefs in Preaseaon Week 2

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Kansas City dropped their first pre-season game to the Niners last Friday by a score of 27-17. Despite the loss, there was notable progress and regression from many Chiefs. Rookie QB Patrick Mahomes completed seven of nine passes for 49 yards and a score. However, all was not flowers and rainbows. The Chiefs running game was particularly terrible, gaining 21 yards on 12 carries. Charcandrick West was notably disappointing, gaining six yards on five carries. Against the Cincinnati Bengals this Saturday, here are the five players I'm looking forward to having better performances. QB Patrick Mahomes Upgraded to the QB2 spot this week, I'm looking for Mahomes to continue his ascent. He showed good poise and displayed all the traits that made him worth trading up for. This weekend he'll go with the twos, and thus will be facing a slightly tougher challenge. If he can continue to play at a high level, it'll be hard to contain the hype train if Alex Smith were to struggle. All the [Read more...]

2017 Chiefs 53-Man Roster Projection, 1.0

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Here's our first stab at a Chiefs 53-man roster projection. QUARTERBACKS (3): Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes, (NOT ON ROSTER) There is no question up to this point that this is still Smith’s team. Smith is looking good this year and more aggressive, as taking shots downfield is a mjor focal point of the offense. I think Smith knows his time is limited here, and will perform pretty well to try and find a nice contract somewhere else in a year (or two). While Mahomes is looking good, he still has work to do and it would be in this best interest to sit behind Smith for at least a year before throwing him in the fire. He has the ability to make a lot of plays most QB would be afraid to attempt. OUTRAGEOUS CEILING. The third QB could possibly be Tyler Bray but, we think more likely they outsource for this and move past him for a veteran with playing experience that can be the primary backup for Smith, at least early on. Practice Squad candidate:  Joel Stave RUNNING BACK/FULL BACK (5): [Read more...]

Five Guys To Watch in Friday’s Preseason Opener

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It may not be as glorious as it will be when September rolls around, but guess what, football is back! Chiefs fans will get their first taste of football tomorrow when their team takes on the San Francisco 49ers, at 8 pm on NFL Network. While we won't see too much of the veterans (Alex Smith will reportedly work the first quarter), this time of year is to gauge the rookies, younger players, and veterans fighting for roster spots. From highly touted rooks like Patrick Mahomes (more on him later) to veterans still trying to prove they have something to offer (C.J Spiller), there's an assortment of players looking to make the team. Unlike the New York Jets, whose best player might be a backup defensive lineman, Kansas City has a ton of talent at every position. The coaching staff will have their hands full, and its these four games that will lead to the crafting of (hopefully) a playoff team. The Chiefs have made the playoffs four of the last five years thanks to incredible scouting [Read more...]

PRESEASON PRE-AMP

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It’s that time of year again. The smell of BBQ in the morning, cold beer in hand, fans screaming, helmets clashing, chains moving, interceptions, fumbles, sacks, Mitch Holtus TD calls, & KANSAS CITY CHIEFS FOOTBALL. Isn’t it glorious? With preseason nearly upon us, it’s the fight for roster spot battles and damn do we have some battles this year…It’s never fun getting rid of good talent for the use of another team. However, that’s exactly what we will end up having to do. Anytime you have so many good players you must get rid of; it’s a good problem to have. We may see some surprise cuts or trades, even. When it comes down to it, no matter how much us fans love the players, it’s about the team – not the individuals. I hate seeing some players go myself, but, if it is the right move to help the team in the end, so be it. I’m always a Chiefs fan before I am a players’ fan. Quarterback: Alex Smith vs. Patrick Mahomes vs. Tyler Bray A few people will say Mahomes will overtake Smith [Read more...]

With 6-player trade, Dayton Moore signals the Royals are “going for it” (as they should)

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The Royals won their sixth straight last night, 5-3 in 12 innings, thanks to Salvador Perez (20) and Mike Moustakas (29) back-to-back DONGS – marking the first time in Royals history they’ve had three straight games hitting back-to-back HR. They’ve peaked at four games above .500 (51-47) for the second time year (44-40). In between, the Royals lost seven of eight and were the ongoing “buy or sell” debate – what the Royals SHOULD do, and what they WILL do – raged on; “look at their record!” “But, look at the standings!” But that question was answered by Dayton Moore yesterday, as minutes before the first pitch of the 9-game road trip, news broke that the Royals acquired pitchers Ryan Buchter, Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer from the Padres in exchange for pitchers Matt Strahm, Travis Wood (!!!) and minor-league bat Esteury Ruiz. The Royals also sent $7.2 million to the Padres just to get rid of him. It’s not a flashy deal, but it is meaningful. First, as we recently wrote, the Royals [Read more...]

Alex Gordon Continues to Hurt the Royals

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In early 2016, the Kansas City Royals extended the contract of Alex Gordon for another 4 years and an additional $72 million. At the time, there was hesitation, but mostly it was met with postive reaction. The problem with free agent contracts, however, is that you are more often than not paying for what a player has already done, HOPING they can continue to do the same. In the case of Alex Gordon, it has been a disaster. So far, Alex is 210 games and 825 plate appearances into his new deal. During that stretch, he has managed a paltry .210/.302/.347 (MY EYES MY EYES!!) slash line. If his .649 OPS weren't already bad enough, the hits just keep on coming as he is actually seeming to regress more. This season, Gordon is sitting with a .580 OPS and is hitting .194/.286/.294. To put that in laymen terms, Chris Getz hit .248/.305/.295 during his 4 year stint with the Royals. That's right……Alex Gordon has signed a monster contract, and turned into the offensive equivalent of an aging Chris [Read more...]

As Royals look to upgrade rotation, which arms should they target?

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The Royals had the second-best rotation ERA through the month of April (3.38). They’re record stood at 7-16. Seven games later, they were 10-20. At this time, the popular thought was the offense would get going and the pitching would decline. That has rang true. The offense has been a Top 10 offense since, the pitching? On the decline. First, Nate Karns hit the DL after leaving a start with “forearm soreness” at Target Stadium in Minnesota on May 19. It was on the heels of a three-start stretch where Karns was a strikeout machine, fanning 29 in 17.1 IP Then, Danny Duffy hit the DL shortly after, stretching awkwardly at first base on a toss from Eric Hosmer on May 28, in what ended up being a 10-1 loss. He was expected to miss 6-8 weeks, but returned in just 35 days, because gnar. His first start back was super (5.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 2 BB in a 7-3 win at Seattle), and he was done in by the long ball on Sunday in a 5-2 loss to Clayton Kershaw (second-best strikeout total (9), but was [Read more...]

Grading the Royals first half

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So far in 2017, as the offense goes, so do the Royals. The Royals had the second-best rotation ERA through the month of April (3.38), but it didn’t matter, thanks to miserable offense (ranking last in runs (2.7), and hitting (.210/.270/.336) and OPS .605), scoring 63 runs in their first 23 games tied for a franchise record (worst). They ended the month on a 9-game losing streak, dropping them to 7-16. Seven games later, they were at their low mark of the season, 10-20, and were still scoring a league-worst 2.73 runs per game. The .333 win percentage paced to a 54-108 season. Fifty-one games later, the Royals are now at 41-40 – an 82-80 pace. Not good enough o reach the playoffs, but from where they were, it is impressive. The 31-20 mark since the 10-20 record paces out over the course of a season as 100 wins. The Royals have maintained it for two months now. If they sustained it the rest of the way, the .620 win percentage over the final 81 games would equal a 50-31 mark. That’s [Read more...]

Jason Vargas, All-Star Game starter?

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Last night, Jason Vargas had his C-stuff (4 walks) and still allowed just two hits in seven innings, needing 100 pitches, in the Royals 8-1 win. It was his league-leading 12th quality start. He became only the second Royal with a 6-0 calendar month and it was his seventh straight win, improving to 12-3, tying Clayton Kershaw as MLB’s win leader. It was his seventh start allowing 1 ER or less. Not bad for a guy who made just four starts last season recovering from Tommy John surgery. The career year is coming at the right time for Vargas, who is in a contract year. And, for the Royals, who are in the final year of the Golden Age window. Vargas is a shoe-in as an All-Star. Can he START the All-Star Game? His (AL) ranks: Wins: 1st (12) ERA: 1st (2.22) Win pct: 2nd (.800) CG: 4th (1) IP: 7th (101.1) WHIP: 8th (1.12) Vargas’ main competition is Chris Sale. After a win today at Toronto on Canada Day, he leads the AL in IP (120.2), WHIP (0.90), strikeouts (166), ranks [Read more...]

The Royals are getting the band back together?

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If Jake and Elwood Blues taught us anything, it is that no matter what, a group of guys can always come back together and acheive great things. The Royals most likely will not be saving any Catholic Orphanages down the stretch in their bid for the playoffs, but they can still conjure up one last great run just like in the old days. The Royals are putting the band back together f Jake and Elwood Blues taught us anything, it is that no matter what, a group of guys can always come back together and acheive great things.  The Royals most likely will not be saving any Catholic Orphanages down the stretch in their bid for the playoffs, but they can still conjure up one last great run just like in the old days. The Royals are putting the band back together. Lorenzo Cain showed up to spring training without even having someone to play catch with. Now he has a slash line of .282/.360/.459 and has suddenly found a new home run swing, blasting 6 in his last 11 games and [Read more...]