ROYALS (3) AT CARDINALS (9)
The Royals are basically done if you were holding out hope in this year of expanded playoffs. Monday’s loss drops them to 11-18 with Tuesday’s game marking the end of their first half.
The Royals seem to struggle after four or five innings this year. They aren’t able to stick around for nine innings most of the time. While there are some reports that Dayton Moore is wanting to let this team play out the schedule, he has to consider trade opportunities over the next week.
Players of the Game:
Jack Flaherty dominated the Royals on the mound. He allowed just one hit and no walks in five innings. Paul Goldschmidt tore up Royals pitching. Goldschmidt was 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs and three RBI.
Jorge Soler was the only positive for the Royals. Soler went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run blast in the sixth inning off of Alex Reyes to briefly pull the Royals to within three runs.
Room for Improvement:
Chance Adams made his Royals debut and struggled mightily. He wasn’t the only one but we are picking just one tonight. Otherwise, it gets too depressing. Adams allowed three runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings.
The Royals and Cardinals play again Tuesday night in St. Louis. Matt Harvey gets the start for the Royals. Adam Wainwright pitches for St. Louis.
– The Royals reached an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group on a new multi-year television deal. No details have been learned yet.
– Salvador Perez was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to blurry vision. He has fluid under his retina. Perez was initially scratched from a game for what was thought to be vision issues prior to a migraine headache.
– Multiple teams are reportedly interested in relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal. The trade deadline is August 31.
– Danny Duffy is experiencing forearm fatigue. He will be pushed back from Wednesday to likely Friday. Remember, when we hear forearm strain we assume the pitcher is headed for Tommy John surgery. This is just forearm fatigue. It’s something to watch but doesn’t immediately concern me.
SPORTING KC NOTES
– Sporting won at Minnesota 2-1 Friday in which each team scored an own-goal for the other. The young Sporting players looked good and Sporting was able to do something they have struggled with since last season – hold on to a one goal lead late in the game.
– Sporting hosts Houston Tuesday at Children’s Mercy Park. It’s the first home game since play was suspended after just two regular season matches.
IN THE NEWS…
– The Associated Press released its Top 25 football poll Monday. The poll included teams that aren’t even playing this fall. Clemson claimed the top spot followed by Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma. Ohio State is not playing this fall since the Big Ten canceled fall athletics. Teams not playing this fall will not be eligible for any other polls this season.
– North Dakota State will play one football game this fall so their quarterback can be scouted by the NFL.
– The NCAA announced that participation in the fall of 2020 will not count against student athletes’ eligibility regardless of whether they play or not.
– The NCAA is considering multiple start dates for college basketball. A vote is scheduled for September 16. There seems to be a lot of momentum for starting the season around Thanksgiving.
– The Baltimore Ravens released pro bowl safety Earl Thomas for an incident at practice. The Dallas Cowboys are expected to make a run at signing him. In 2017 Thomas made a comment wanting the Cowboys to trade for him. He now has a chance to make that happen. The Ravens will try to get back some of the money they have paid him.
– Chargers’ wide receiver Mike Williams left practice with a shoulder sprain and is considered week-to-week. His collarbone is intact. His status for Week 1 is unknown.
– ESPN and Little League Baseball reached an agreement on an eight-year extension of their deal for broadcasting the Little League World Series.
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