Welcome to an updated format for the daily Motley Crew post. I’m constantly trying to think of ways to make this daily post informative and entertaining without taking up too much of your time.
There is a new section called The Lead for me to discuss what is on the top of my mind. Following that are sections to give you local scores from yesterday followed by a schedule of today’s games for the local teams. After that we move into the team-specific game reviews and notes. The next section has been renamed “Round and Round”. That’s where I give you news of interest from around the sports world. Soon there will be another section with links to stories around the web. The post always ends with information on how you can contact me. I want to hear from you. I’m hoping we can build a community of Kansas City sports fans who can talk intelligently about the games we love.
Well, that’s how this post is changing. It’s called The Motley Crew post because it has a mix of information. Generally motley crew refers to a diverse and unorganized group. I try to organize this but the name works nonetheless. And as a nod to the heavy metal music genre that was big when I was growing up, I renamed “In The News” to “Round and Round” as a nod to the first big song for my favorite band, Ratt.
So now you know. Here is today’s Dr. Feelgood.
MLB teams making a push to win this year should have been willing to give up more than normal at the deadline. That sounds strange, you say? Why would this be if there are fewer games? It all lies in the fact that every game is worth more. If you acquire a player at the deadline this year you get a player for approximately 50% of the season. In a normal season you would have the player for just 33% of the season. Add to that the fact that when you acquire a player this season you are paying them less because of the prorated salaries due to the shortened schedule. So, you are getting the player for more of the regular season and paying them less. How does this not cause rentals to bring back a bigger haul than usual?
The Royals hope that what they got from the Padres turns out to be a large haul but initial reactions from those in the game doesn’t indicate that. The Royals got 24-year old outfielder Edward Olivares. Olivares made his major league debut earlier this season. He hit .176 in his 34 at bats. With Olivares, the Royals have what is reportedly another athletic outfielder with speed.
We don’t yet know the other piece the Royals are getting in the deal. San Diego is sending the Royals the often traded player to be named later. Players not on the 60-man player pool are not eligible to be traded at this time so we are likely looking at a lower-level prospect.
Royals win 2-1 vs Cleveland
7:05pm – FSKC – Cleveland Indians (Zach Plesac, 1-1, 1.29) at Kansas City Royals (Matt Harvey, 0-1, 11.12)
The Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1.
The outcome of this game isn’t real important but learning to win close games is a plus. This team isn’t going to the playoffs. The nice thing in this game is that the Royals finally got a really nice start from their pitcher and now back-to-back nice starts. The bullpen also got a little rest.
Player of the Game
Shane Bieber is bringing pitching back. Brad Keller was terrific in allowing just one run on three hits in 6 1/3 innings. Bieber was not sent out for a seventh inning. That was the difference between the two starting pitchers. Bieber didn’t allow a run on just one hit but he did walk four in six innings. I would say this was pretty much a draw. Both starting pitchers were really good.
Down 1-0 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler led of the inning with walks. The Royals took advantage of those walks and got both guys around to score.
It’s hard to hit when you don’t get regular plate appearances but Bubba Starling came through big in this game with a single to center to score Jorge Soler and give the Royals a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Starling had two strikes on him when he got the hit.
Room for Improvement
Adalberto Mondesi is completely lost at the plate. I doubt this gets fixed during the season. Did he just not handle the COVID delay well? Was he not preparing for the season well? Is it just a terrible season after playing so well last year? Was last season a fluke? It’s hard to believe this is the same player who last year looked like he could one day be an MVP.
It didn’t work out, but sending Keller back to the mound to start the seventh inning was the right call by Matheny. Keller’s previous three innings took just 11, 7 and 12 pitches. So even though Keller had exceeded the 90 pitch mark, he was rolling and there was every reason to think it would continue.
The Royals send Matt Harvey to the mound on Tuesday night to face the Cleveland Indians in the second of a three game series.
– Mike Matheny said that he will be using a six-man rotation for the rest of the 17-game stretch the team is currently on.
– The Chiefs are reportedly finalizing new six-year contracts with Andy Reid and Brett Veach. The contracts would keep both with the team through the 2025 season.
– Kansas announced that there will be no fans allowed at its September 12 home opener football game against Coastal Carolina. The hope is that they will be able to have fans in the stadium in October. Season ticket holders will have first shot at however many tickets are available.
ROUND AND ROUND
– The Big Ten voted 11-3 to cancel the football season. The news came in a court filing related to the lawsuit brought against the conference by Nebraska football parents.
– Former Georgetown head coach John Thompson died at the age of 78. He led the Hoyas to the 1984 NCAA championship. His team lost to Villanova in 1985 in one of the greatest championship games of all time. When Thompson coached the Hoyas he had one of the most feared teams in the country and played in the Big East conference, the best college basketball conference in the country at that time. Thompson’s teams always seemed to have an intimidating center. Thompson later did commentary for NCAA tournament games on radio and was a great listen.
– The Jacksonville Jaguars released RB Leonard Fournette. The Jaguars voided his $4.2 million in guarantees after his suspension. That is now in a grievance so it stays on the team’s salary cap for now but will likely come off when the process is complete. If Fournette signs with another team he will earn from both teams since his contract has no offset language. If he loses the grievance he will lose out on the guarantees from the Jaguars.
– The San Diego Padres acquired starting pitcher Mike Clevinger from the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland has a lot of quality starting pitching and axle inter upset the team when he went out to dinner with friends after a game and was suspended for breaking team rules.
– New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara has missed practice the past few days for what is being reported as a contract related issue. Kamara is still on his rookie contract so the Saints can fine him $40,000 per day but they are not required to do so. He should be back soon. If he is away more than five days he would not accrue a year of service time for this season which would push back his free agency.
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