ABOUT LAST NIGHT…
Welp, everything the Royals needed to have happen last night did not happen. Figures. Tampa Bay, New York, and Cleveland all won last night which puts a huge burden on the Royals this weekend to take at least two-of-three from the Detroit Tigers.
It won’t be easy, but it is doable. Kansas City is 9-7 this year against the Tigers, but the Tigers have outscored the Royals 64-54 (this is in large part due to their 16-2 win last Friday). Bruce Chen, Ervin Santana, and Jeremy Guthrie are all scheduled to pitch.
Officially, the Royals are 2.5 games behind the Rays heading into the weekend. The Yankees have a tough series against Boston coming this weekend, while the Rays have Minnesota, Baltimore at Toronto, and Cleveland at Chicago.
Here are the current wild card standings:
TEX: 81-64 (+2)
TB: 79-66 (–)
NY: 79-68 (1)
CLE: 78-68 (1.5)
KC: 77-69 (2.5)
BAL: 77-69 (2.5)
RED FRIDAY is today in preparation of the Chiefs home-opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon. KC opens as a three point favorite over the Cowboys.
IN OTHER NEWS…
– The fans are coming back to Arrowhead, but will the noise return with it? (KC Star)
– Where does Luke Hochevar fit in the Royals future? (KC Star)
– MU is looking for progress in the running game. (KC Star)
– Previewing Rice’s defense. (Rock Chalk Talk)
– K-State still doesn’t know what they have in Jack Cantele. (Jug of Snyder)
ELSEWHERE AND EVERYWHERE…
– Scandals caused the SEC to take a hit this week. I’m not sure it matters.
– Brian Waters’ legacy remains in Kansas City in the form of Branden Albert.
– Week three of the college football season could determine who we are watching in January.
– A fox got on the field during the TCU/Texas Tech game last night. He did not drop the ball at the half-yard line.
– A Red Sox fan tried to choke the Rays mascot. He was arrested.
ONE MORE THING…
It’s the weekend. Gone fishin’.