Wednesday wasn’t the best of times in local sports but it certainly wasn’t the worst. On the bright side, the Royals helped in their pursuit of a high draft pick next year and Sporting got a tie after trying to hand the game to Dallas in the first twenty minutes.
So now you know. Here is today’s Dr. Feelgood…
Sporting 1, Houston 1
Cleveland 5, Royals 0
7:05pm – FSKC – Chicago White Sox (TBD) at Kansas City Royals (Danny Duffy, 2-2, 4.11)
SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Sporting’s defense looks so bad at times and yet they are in first place. They are among the worst in the league in goals against but they make up for it by scoring the most goals. Unfortunately, the goals get more difficult to score against the better teams but it gets easier to allow goals. So while Sporting is in first place right now, don’t expect it to last if they continue to play like they did on Wednesday.
Sporting allowed a goal just nine minutes into the game. What’s worse is that it was an easy goal for FC Dallas. The goal was made on a turnover deep in Sporting’s territory. Just a few minutes later Sporting turned the ball over deep in their territory but was fortunate to escape without harm that time.
While we see statistics about how many more shots Sporting gets versus its opponents, it seems like very few of those shots are actually on goal. Let’s look at the stats in this game to see just how extreme it is. Sporting registered 22 shots in this game compared to just five for FC Dallas. But the two teams tied with five shots on goal. Let me say that again. Sporting out-shot FC Dallas 22-5 but tied them in shots on goal at 5-5.
So enjoy this time in first place. It likely won’t last much longer.
Sporting travels to Houston Saturday for a game against the Houston Dynamo. Houston is seventh in the Western Conference at the time I am writing this.
No offense. Once again the Royals had no offense. Wednesday they were shutout 5-0. The Royals had just three hits and only one of them was for extra bases: a double.
Kyle Zimmer continued to shine with two scoreless innings in this game and allowing only one hit. Zimmer faced just six batters in his two innings.
Oh, and news flash. Scott Barlow is human. We have confirmation. This was easily his worst outing of the season but that’s allowed after pitching so wonderfully up until this game. Wednesday he allowed three runs on three hits in just 1/3 of an inning. That will kill a relief pitcher’s ERA but Barlow is still at just 2.70.
The bullpen didn’t allow a run after Jakob Junis had to be pulled because of taking a shot to his pitching arm by a line drive right back up the middle.
Danny Duffy takes the mound tonight for the Royals at home against the Chicago White Sox in the first of a four game weekend series.
– Jorge Soler was removed from Wednesday’s game as a precaution because of oblique irritation and mid-back tightness.
– Jakob Junis left Wednesday’s game after he was hit by a line drive in the fourth inning.
– Ian Kennedy was diagnosed with a calf strain. The expectation is that it will take about three weeks to recover. Ian Kennedy has likely pitched his final game for the Royals.
– The Royals are discussing their future use of Matt Harvey. He could get another star, be converted to the bullpen or released.
ROUND AND ROUND…
– New Orleans RB Alvin Kamara returned to practice on Wednesday. He had to or would risk not getting credit for this season which would delay free agency.
– Nobody claimed RB Leonard Fournette in waivers. He wasn’t a free agent long though. He reached an agreement with Tampa Bay later in the day. It’s a one-year deal for up to $3.5 million.
– Tom Seaver passed away at the age of 75. Seaver won three Cy Young awards and was on 12 All-Star team. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992.
– Georgia QB Jamie Newman opted out of the 2020 season and will likely start training for the 2021 NFL Draft.
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