Welcome to today’s Dr. Feelgood!
We have gone from Royals baseball every night to nothing locally until the Chiefs and college football teams play on the weekend. Fortunately, we have the Major League Baseball playoffs to get us through most nights. Today there are a record eight MLB playoff games. Enjoy!
CHIEFS ARE IN A RACE FOR THE TOP AFC SEED
Week 3 is in the books and we are starting to get a glimpse of which teams might be competing with the Chiefs for a playoff spot, and hopefully the top seed and a bye.
The tough schedule to start the season is paying off big for the Chiefs with their 3-0 record. Not only are the Chiefs just one of four 3-0 teams in the AFC, but they have tiebreakers over Houston and Baltimore. And two of those three games were on the road, meaning the Chiefs have more home games than road games the rest of the season.
The Chiefs are tied with Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Buffalo for the top spot in the conference. And the Chiefs are the only team to have played all three of their games against AFC teams. When it comes time to determine tiebreakers, the conference record comes right after head-to-head when we are trying to determine seeding.
The assumption right now is that the Chiefs will win the West. That’s not hard to see happening, is it?
If you have to lose a game, which every team will likely do, it’s best to win your conference games and have the game(s) you lose come against the other conference.
Of the three teams the Chiefs are currently tied at 3-0 with, they will only get an opportunity to play Buffalo. That game is on October 15 in Buffalo. Not that it matters, but that means the Chiefs will play in Buffalo before the best chances for snow which could mess up the field and slow down the offense. Buffalo usually get almost no snow in October. Snow really starts to fall in November and runs through February. So getting a win in that game might be big for a tiebreaker, although it’s hard to see Buffalo being able to keep pace with the Chiefs in the standings. But why take a chance?
The Chiefs’ next five games are against AFC teams. They don’t face an NFC opponent until November 8 at home against Carolina.
Another big opportunity comes this Sunday when the Chiefs host New England. Is it realistic to think the Patriots might battle the Chiefs for the top spot in the AFC? I can’t see it but I wouldn’t put anything past Bill Belichick. He has a quarterback who has a lot of talent even if we don’t think Cam Newton is anywhere close to Patrick Mahomes.
So maybe we have said it every game so far this season, but this Sunday’s game might be the most important game the Chiefs have left on the schedule. Maybe it’s a toss up between the Patriots and the Bills. I’m not sure. What I am sure about is that with each game the Chiefs win, the top seed in the AFC gets more and more in focus.
MLB PLAYOFFS LIKE WE HAVE NEVER SEEN STARTED TUESDAY
All eight American League playoff teams started play on Tuesday. The eight National League teams get started today. Wait, what? Eight teams in each league? You read that right.
A lot of things have been different in 2020. It won’t last. Things will eventually go back to the way they were before the pandemic and maybe better with what has been learned this year. More restaurants will take online orders and take contactless payment. I have been wanting that long before anyone got the sniffles this year.
One of the strangest things in sports this year is the large number of teams in the playoffs. Baseball has traditionally been a long battle over six months in which only the best teams get a chance to advance to the playoffs for the chance to win the World Series.
Well, a regular season shortened from six months to two will force other changes. In 2020 that means 16 playoff teams. That’s right. 16 of the 30 teams made the playoffs and none of them are named the Royals and none of them have Mike Trout on the team. Both of those are not hard to believe.
What Tuesday showed us is that not everything is out of the ordinary in 2020. The Oakland Athletics made the playoffs, are hosting all three games of their best-of-three series against the Houston Astros, and are already down one game to none. Can we please see the Athletics have some playoff success? I want Billy Beane to win a championship. It’s not looking good early on.
And the Yankees jumped on top of Cleveland in the top of the first against likely Cy Young winner Shane Bieber. Bieber was nearly impossible for the Royals to hit this season. The Royals managed just a .364 OPS in their two games against Bieber. They had five hits in 40 at bats. The Yankees had two runs after just four pitches. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
LOCAL NEWS AND NOTES
- The Chiefs terminated the contract of WR Kalija Lipscomb. The move opens a spot on the practice squad.
NATIONAL NEWS AND NOTES
- Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is 21-1 in his career against all teams other than the Chiefs. Jackson is 0-3 against the Chiefs.
- The Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings shut down their facilities Tuesday because of several positive COVID tests in the Tennessee organization including the players. The Titans played the Vikings this past Sunday. The Titans will not be allowed back in their facility until Saturday. The Tennessee game against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday is still expected to be played. A possible contingency is to push the game to Monday night to allow for additional testing.
- The Philadelphia Phillies informed full-time employees that a round of layoffs will happen in the near future. The Phillies previously offered a buyout that few employees accepted. They have since revised that offer.
- The Los Angeles Chargers placed CB Chris Harris on injured reserve because of a foot injury. Harris is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
- Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito threw six perfect innings in Game 1 of the team’s Wild Card series against the Oakland Athletics.
- Brady Singer had a really good first season in the major leagues in 2020. He works out in the off-season with other top pitching prospects to push each other. (The Athletic)
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