Around the Kingdom: Alex Gordon, Paul Pierce, Eric Fisher, Dom Dwyer


The Royals continue to fritter away their series against the Tigers, this time wasting a good performance from James Shields (2 earned runs) to lose 5-1 at Kauffman Stadium Saturday night.

Kansas City has now lost 3 consecutive games to Detroit and will attempt to salvage the final game on Sunday in their last game before the All-Star break. Right now, it’s very clear the Royals just don’t have enough offense to challenge for a playoff run. Dayton Moore looks like he will need to retool his team in the 2 1/2 weeks before the July 31 trade deadline.

If he fails, I rhink it’s time for the Dayton Moore era to end. Eight years is long enough.

Former KU great Paul Pierce signed a 2-year contract with the Washington Wizards. The 36-year-old averaged 13.5 points per game last season—which is the lowest average of his career. He still shows the ability to hit the big shot.

Meanwhile, Sporting KC striker Dom Dwyer is having a fine old time this season. First, he takes a selfie during a game that went viral on the internet, and on Saturday Dwyer scored both goals in the team’s 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact. Right now, it looks like a breakout season for Dwyer.


  • Royals Review – Shaun Newkirk writes about an alternative universe in which the Royals didn’t play below-replacement level players this season
  • Kings of Kauffman – David Hill contends that Alex Gordon‘s health may determine Kansas City’ fate this season:

"As it stands, including those two aforementioned games, Alex Gordon has missed four games this season. The Royals have lost every single one of them, scoring a total of seven runs. Three of the four losses saw the Royals score only one run. In those games, Royals left fielders have gone a combined 0-14 with a walk and a strikeout, hardly the production that they would hope for."


  • KUSports.com – Former KU great Paul Pierce signs 2-year deal with Washington:

"Pierce doesn’t have a game that relies on extreme athleticism or quickness. It’s predicated more on instincts and an ability to initiate contact to create space to get off that trademark high-arching jump shot, which should allow him to remain effective longer than other players who lose some of the juice in their legs as they get older."


"Johnson simply does not have enough leverage to demand a trade at this point. He has three years remaining on his deal at very large sums of money. The ability to trade him strictly on financial basis would be very difficult in addition and Johnson cannot use a holdout to force a trade because of how much time is left on his contract."


  • Kansas City Star – Striker Dom Dwyer scored twice to continue his recent roll:

"A breakout season for Dwyer may very well include the Golden Boot award, given to the league’s top goal scorer at the end of the year. If it does, Dwyer will have the Montreal Impact to thank. He scored six goals during Sporting Kansas City’s three-game season sweep of Montreal."

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

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