Around the Kingdom: Alex Gordon, Jamaal Charles, Bill Snyder, Eric Kronberg


Sep 16, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) connects for a two run single in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals played about as badly as they could in the series opener against the Tigers, losing the 1st game 10-1. That’s not the way anyone outside of Michigan wanted to start the biggest series in Royals history in the last 29 years.

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Friday night’s debacle was hardly what fans have been waiting to see for more than a generation.

I guess the good news is that the Royals have James Shields going tomorrow. The bad news is the Tigers will oppose him with Max Scherzer. The game almost shapes up as a must-win game if the Royals expect to take the A.L. Central.

The Chiefs are gearing up for what amounts to a must-win game themselves. If Kansas City were to lose their road game in Miami, they would start the season 0-3—which has proved to be an almost impossible mountain to climb to make the payoffs.

News hit Friday morning that K-State switched its signals during the Auburn game, because Bill Snyder believer the Tigers were stealing them. Sigh. If the sign stealing accusation is true, then no one is at fault but K-State.

Meanwhile, Eric Kronberg’s expected return to goal against Sportivo Saprissa did not occur due to a paperwork glitch.


"The tone was set in the top of the first inning, when Alex Gordon, who plays defense in left field better than anyone on the Royals does anything, misplayed a Miguel Cabrera line drive terribly, having it somehow go around his glove. This occurred with one out and Ian Kinsler foolishing breaking from second base; if Gordon simply catches the ball, it’s an easy double play and Vargas is out of the inning. Instead it was a run in and a man on second, who would also score, as would another in the inning."

"The Royals are still very much in the division race, but they’ve stayed there without the help of Gordon, who is having a simply dreadful September. In 65 plate appearances, he’s hitting .170/.323/.264, which calculates out to a 77 wRC+. For reference, Mike Moustakas is hitting .292/.314/.354 this month, which is a wRC+ of 86."


"The Kansas City Chiefs are 0-2. This game versus the Miami Dolphins, in Miami, is a must win game. Unfortunately the Dolphins are coming home off a week two 29-10 loss to their hated rivals, the Buffalo Bills. In week one the Dolphins took down the New England Patriots. This is a winnable game, but it is not a game to overlook."

"As expected, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid was vague about whether Jamaal Charles will play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins with his injured ankle. Update: Chiefs officially list Jamaal questionable."


"To be fair, Snyder was not accusing Malzahn and Auburn of doing anything wrong. He seemed to be just making an observation to Ponder, as it was reported during the telecast. Kansas State had plenty of opportunities to score the upset, and the possibility of having signals stolen by Auburn is far down on the list behind missed field goals, failed red zone opportunities and turnovers."


"Kronberg, who has not played since June 27, had been expected to start Thursday night’s CONCACAF Champions League match against Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa. Instead, Andy Gruenebaum was in goal for Sporting’s 3-1 victory, because Kronberg’s eligibility papers with CONCACAF were not filed in time."

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