We are still trying to digest exactly what we saw on Sunday in Los Angeles. The Chiefs won again but it wasn’t pretty. They won’t all be pretty and the next two weeks could be really hard to watch as the Chiefs take on the Baltimore Ravens followed by the New England Patriots. But the Royals won on Monday against the cross-state Cardinals to start the final week of the season on a positive note.
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Opposing defenses are causing the Chiefs offense to struggle
Monday morning I heard people talk about how bad the Chiefs played on offense against the Chargers. And yes, there was some of that. Patrick Mahomes made some bad passes early in the game. But a large reason for the Chiefs looking so bad offensively was because of the defense of the Chargers.
The Chargers have a good defense. Their defensive line had its way with the Chiefs’ offensive line for a good amount of the game. That led to pressure and hits on Mahomes as well as costly penalties. The secondary was playing to prevent the big play and making the Chiefs settle for shorter pass plays most of the day.
It’s frustrating to watch as a Chiefs fan but get used to it because the Texans and Chargers have shown the best way to defend this Chiefs offense. It doesn’t mean the opponent will win. We have seen the Chiefs win both of their games this season. But a team like the Baltimore Ravens can have success against the Chiefs with a similar approach because they have a better offense.
So while the first two games the Chiefs have played have not been the high-flying offense we enjoyed most of last season, these defenses are providing Patrick Mahomes with a terrific education on how to attack a cover-2 defense. Give Mahomes some time to learn and he will be even more dangerous than he is already.
Royals 4, Cardinals 1
7:05pm – MLB – FSKC – St. Louis Cardinals (Austin Gomber, 0-1. 2.37) at Kansas City Royals (Brady Singer, 3-4, 4.14)
– Mike Pennel completed his two-game suspension. He is expected to play Monday at Baltimore.
Royals 4, Cardinals 1
The Royals started their final week of the season Monday night with a well played all-around game that led to a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Carlos Hernandez pitched decent but didn’t go far in this start. He only last 3 2/3 innings and allowed four hits and three walks. He did hold the Cardinals to just one run but that was just about the only real positive from Hernandez in this start. And lets face it, if things go the way we hope for the Royals, Carlos Hernandez is a bullpen piece at best when this club returns to the playoffs.
The bullpen was terrific once again and that includes an inning from Scott Barlow. Barlow has been really struggling. After pitching so well in July and August, Barlow has a 13.50 ERA in September. His last appearance was in Milwaukee on Saturday in which Barlow allowed four runs in one inning of work. But Monday he was back to what we have seen most of the season. He’s not out of the woods yet though. We have seen two other outings in September similar to this only to have him relapse into a run of poor outings.
Josh Staumont pitched two perfect innings and struck out two. Jesse Hahn and Greg Holland pitched the final two innings. In all, the bullpen allowed two hits and didn’t walk anyone in 5 1/3 innings. That is simply outstanding.
The Royals had eight hits in the game and spread those out among six players. Salvador Perez, Whit Merrifield and Maikel Franco each continue hitting the ball well while the others come and go.
The Royals play the Cardinals again Tuesday night in the second game of a three game series.
– Jorge Soler was activated from the disabled list. Kelvin Gutierrez was optioned to the alternate training site.
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