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Around the Kingdom: Danny Duffy, Clark Hunt, Andy Reid, Charlie Weis

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Sep 22, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (41) pitches during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Right now, the Kansas City Royals have virtually locked up a playoff spot. The trail the Tigers by one game in the A.L. Central, and are tied with the Oakland A’s for the top A.L. wild card position. They hold a 3-game lead over the next closest wild card contender after the Mariners lost on Tuesday, with 5 games left to play.

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ESPN estimates KC’s playoff chances at 99.7%, which is only slightly less than Detroit’s 99.9%. Thanks to consecutive strong pitching performances from Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura, the Royals are likely to continue playing into October.

Royals fans, you’re going to have to wrap your heads around the concept that, after 29-years, you’re going to see at least one game of playoff baseball.

The Kansas City Chiefs probably rescued their season with their win in Miami. Starting 0-2 is bad enough, with only 12% of teams pulling off the feat since 1990. Had the Chiefs lost on Sunday, their odds would go down to 2%.

The Chiefs pulled off their 34-15 victory in Miami with some help from new offensive wrinkles, such as utilizing all 3 of there tight ends on the field at the same time.

Sporting KC won its 2nd straight match, winning 3-0 over Real Esteli in their CONCACAF Champions League match.

Meanwhile, Kansas Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis calls out KU fans for failing to support the football team before the Jayhawks’ game against big-12 rival Texas.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

"Despite not breaking camp with the Royals this spring, Duffy may well be their most consistent pitcher this season. His 9-11 record belies how effective Duffy has truly been, as he has posted a 2.32 ERA and a 1.09 WHiP this season. If he’s qualified for amongst the pitching leaders, Duffy would be third in ERA and fifth in WHiP, ahead of such pitchers as Max Scherzer and Jon Lester."

"So generally the Royals fell in the bottom 25ish in the league when it comes to pitch value on the changeup and over a 5-year span they are 25th worst."

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

"Kansas City Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt isn’t rich, he’s wealthy—there’s a difference.Rich people stand in a press box to watch the game on the field. Wealthy people stand by their window to watch the game on their lawn."

"You’re a defensive coordinator, and you’ve heard all about how Andy Reid doesn’t run double tight end formations. Except all that handy information isn’t helping you because not only is he coming at you with two tight ends on the majority of his plays, he’s coming at you with THREE tight ends on the formation."

SPORTING KC

"Sporting Kansas City holds a three-point lead in Group 2 of the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League after a 3-0 victory over Real Esteli on Tuesday at Sporting Park. Claudio Bieler scored twice and Sal Zizzo added the third for his first goal in a Sporting KC uniform, while Eric Kronberg earned a clean sheet in his return from injury."

KANSAS JAYHAWKS

Charlie Weis to fans before Texas game: “By 6:30, you’re free. Give us from 3 to 6:30.”

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