Jul 9, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers designated hitter Alex Rios (51) bats during the game against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Alex Rios, DeAnthony Thomas, Travis Kelce, Andrew Wiggins

The Kansas City Royals continued their 2nd half implosion with a 3-1 loss against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. The pathetic Royals can’t even use the excuse they are playing good teams—both the Red Sox and White Sox are under .500. Yet, the Royals have lost 4 games in a row, while scoring 6 runs in 4 games.

Right now, the Royals lineup is so impotent they couldn’t even offend Miss Manners, much less score against good pitchers.

Unlike the Royals, Sporting KC is on a nice run where they have won 3 straight matches. Not only did Dom Dwyer’s selfies go viral, teammate Benny Feilhaber has just been named MLS player of the week. Maybe they should give the Royals a few pointers.

The Chiefs opened training camp yesterday. Now, hungry NFL fans get to see their favorite team line up for practices—allowing us to catch a few glimpses about how the coaching staff thinks some of the new acquisitions will fit into the team.

Meanwhile, Duke University’s coach K weighs in on the Andrew Wiggins/Kevin Love debate.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

To put it another way, the Kansas City Royals have put 2,229 runners on base this season (not counting solo home runs) and scored 14.67% of those runners.  In the American League, only Texas, Oakland, Detroit and the Angels have scored a higher percentage of runners.   That’s right, your situationally deficient Royals are fifth in the league in actually scoring runners they put on base

In 2014, Rios is hitting .302/.330/.435 with a 110 OPS+. His numbers are undoubtedly an upgrade over the Royals’ current options at the corners, but the price it would take to acquire Rios—nevermind his $12.5 million salary and $13.5 million option next season—might not be worth his actual value.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Kelce was running and cutting while on the field. He didn’t appear to have any limitations, although he admitted he is still trying to get his legs back into it after the time off. Chase Daniel said Kelce told him he has “Bambi legs” because he’s running around like a lost deer as he works his way back.

  • Arrowhead Addict – 4th round draft pick DeAnthony Thomas is spending most of his time as a running back:

What may be more interesting here is the Chiefs are going to get him started by keeping him in the backfield as opposed to splitting him out wide. Part of this may be a numbers game. The Chiefs have a lot of different receivers to sift through this summer and many of them have the same kind of inside roles Thomas would play. Weston Dressler, A.J. Jenkins, Junior Hemingway, and Frankie Hammond will all get long looks in the slot, and that doesn’t include the times we should expect Travis Kelce to split out wide.

SPORTING KC

  • SportingKC.com – Benny Feilhaber wins MLS Player of the Week award:

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber was announced as Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week on Monday, receiving the most votes from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for week 19 of the 2014 MLS season. Feilhaber, 29, contributed to both goals in the team’s 2-1 victory at Columbus last Wednesday and scored in his second straight match as the reigning MLS Cup champions defeated the LA Galaxy on Saturday at Sporting Park.

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  • KUSports.com – Duke’s coach K thinks the Cavs should trade Andrew Wiggins:

There’s absolutely not one second of hesitancy. I’d trade for Kevin Love,” Krzyzewski, the Duke and Team USA coach, said. “That’s not saying anything bad about any of the other youngsters. Love’s an All-Star, and he’s a double-double guy. But he’s a double-double guy who can spread the court. There aren’t many double-double guys who can spread the floor — he can go inside and outside.

 There you have it KC fans—the news Around the Kingdom.

Tags: Andrew Wiggins De'Anthony Thomas Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Royals Kansas Jayhawks Ned Yost Sporting Kansas City Travis Kelce

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