Around the Kingdom: Ned Yost, Brandon Finnegan, John Dorsey, KSU vs. Auburn


What a difference a day makes! The Kansas City Royals pulled out an improbable 9th inning comeback in which they drove in 2 runs without hitting the ball out of the infield for a 4-3 walkoff win.

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After Mike Moustakas hit a 1-out double to left, pinch runner Jarrod Dyson stole 3rd and scored on a wild pitch. Then Terrance Gore became the 2nd pinch runner to score in the inning when he dashed home all the way from second on Lorenzo Cain‘s infield chopper.

Talk about scratching out a win.

Meanwhile the Chiefs are busy assessing the damage from Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Broncos in Denver. Jamaal Charles has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain, an injury that can be notoriously slow to heal. Good thing Knile Davis has shown he can handle the load both in the playoff game against the Colts, and against the Broncos on Sunday.

Kansas State plays a monster game at Memorial Stadium on Thursday in an early-season showdown against no. 5 Auburn. A win on Thursday, before a national TV audience, could send K-State zooming up the rankings.

KSU vs. Auburn is as good as it gets early in the college football season.


"The Kansas City Royals bullpen has essentially been a tale of two halves. Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland have been virtually unhittable throughout the vast majority of the 2014 season. Jason Frasor has been a solid acquisition for the bullpen since coming over from the Texas Rangers. However, the rest of the bullpen has been mediocre at best, and downright atrocious at worst."

"Nava batted left-handed against Crow. In the key situation of a key game, Ned Yost let a switch-hitting batter who is helpless against left-handed pitching face a right-hander who is helpless against left-handed hitting."

  • Royals Review – The only way Ned Yost makes sense for the Royals:

"Now we have to ask what the Royals are hoping from Yost, then. They’re not going to get strategy, as Yost is the kind of manager who believes his players can hit home runs just because he asks them to. They’re not going to get patience with youngsters, nor is that what they need right now. They’re hoping for the last one, a player’s manager, a guy who instills confidence in his players, who fires them up at the right time and knows when to ride them mercilessly."


"This week Reid played to his team’s strengths and the battered roster nearly pulled out the game. Key players from that game are littered with savvy Dorsey pickups. Knile Davis (Dorsey draft pick) was excellent in relief of Charles, Travis Kelce (Dorsey draft pick) and Anthony Fasano (Dorsey free agent) made several big third down plays, and Marcus Cooper (Dorsey waiver wire pickup) had two critical passes defended."

  • Arrowhead Pride – Near the end of the 1st half, the Chiefs should have gone for it on 4 and 1 near midfield:

"It’s impossible to tell how this would have affected the game. It certainly felt like it was going to change the tide of the game even though it really didn’t. The Chiefs could have gone for it and gotten stuffed. They could’ve gotten it and then punted four plays later. Or they could’ve driven down the field and kicked a field goal (maybe not) or scored a touchdown before half. That decision had the potential to be a 14-point swing in a game that was decided by seven points."


"It’s the SEC vs. Big 12. It’s Gus Malzahn vs. Bill Snyder. It’s Nick Marshall and last year’s national runners-up vs. Jake Waters, Tyler Lockett and Co. It’s physical against physical, tough against tough.Need we say more? This is an ESPN producer’s dream, not to mention a special treat for K-State fans."

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