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When was the last time Kansas City enjoyed a day of sports as much as it did Thursday? I guess that would have to be the day the Chiefs won the Super Bowl. And although Thursday didn’t have a win to match the importance of that game, it did have big wins by both the Chiefs and Royals. What a day. I hope you had the chance to enjoy it.
Chiefs 34, Texans 20
Royals 11, Indians 1
7:05pm – MLB – FSKC – Pirates (Steven Brault, 0-2, 4.37) at Royals (Kris Bubic, 0-5, 4.89)
While it was exciting to finally see football, Thursday’s Chiefs game was rather boring. After falling behind 7-0, because why not, the Chiefs dominated the rest of the game.
Patrick Mahomes played well but didn’t put up the crazy yardage we have seen in many games. He had three touchdowns and really could have had more if Demarcus Robinson could have held on to either of two opportunities he had in the end zone. Mahomes only threw for 211 yards but he will take it if it leads to an easy win every game.
The offensive bright spot for the Chiefs was rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Edwards-Helaire was thought to be the perfect fit for the Chiefs’ offense when he was selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. And in least this first game of the season, that view certainly seemed correct. He ran for 138 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
An encouraging newcomer along the offensive line was Kelechi Osemele who the Chiefs signed in the offseason. Osemele pushed back his defenders and created space for the rushing game.
While the defense did not look particularly good on the first couple of drives, it improved drastically and played well the rest of the night. Particularly impressive in this game was rookie L’Jarius Sneed. Sneed started at corner because of the suspension of Bashaud Breeland. Houston tried to attack him early and had success doing it leading to their 7-0. But after that Sneed played well breaking up passes and even getting his first career interception.
It wasn’t just Sneed though. Chris Jones and a Frank Clark pressured Deshaun Watson. Jones finished with 1.5 sacks. Clark had one of his own using a motor that wouldn’t stop.
The defense still needs to improve but this was a nice start to the season for them,
Chiefs’ punter Tommy Townsend looked like he might just do a fine job replacing Dustin Colquitt.
It was nice to have a boring game after the nervous moments Chiefs fans experienced throughout the playoffs last season.
– The Chiefs added an insurance policy to the contract they signed QB Patrick Mahomes to this offseason. Insurance policies are not common for NFL contracts but this is large enough for the Chiefs to decide to get the policy. The insurance policy protects the Chiefs if Mahomes is unable to play because of injury. The Chiefs would also receive a salary cap credit in case of injury because they have the policy.
The Royals won their third game in a row on Thursday. In the process, they won the four-game series in Cleveland three games to one. And the star of this game was rookie starting pitcher Brady Singer.
Singer pitched 7 2/3 no-hit innings to help the Royals to a series win in Cleveland. After allowing his only hit, Singer struck out his final batter of the night. He finished with eight innings, one hit, two walks and eight strikeouts. And this was against a tough Cleveland offense.
Singer has looked confident all season. He has looked like he will be a good pitcher. The results just weren’t there most nights. At some point in each game he would get in over his head. But on Thursday Singer dominated for eight innings.
Mike Matheny said after the game that he was going to let Singer go as long as necessary to get the no-hitter.
In addition to Singer, the Royals offense came alive in this game. Whit Merrifield and Maikel Franco each had three hits. Cam Gallagher and Edward Olivares has two each. Olivares, Franco and Adalberto Mondesi had home runs.
The Royals head home for a weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kris Bubic takes the mound on Friday.
– Matt Harvey has struggled since being promoted to the major league team and has now been moved to the bullpen. Rookie Carlos Hernandez is taking Harvey’s spot in the rotation.
– Gianluca Busio is receiving interest from several overseas teams recently. Busio has been in the Sporting system since he was 14. Sporting turned down a $3.5 million transfer fee for Busio last year from Fiorentina out of the Italian League. Peter Vermes has said that developing and selling players is critical for the club to be able to compete every year. No transfer is imminent. The current transfer window closes on October 5. Busio will be sold at some point but it appears doubtful that it will be during this season.
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