Major League Baseball starts on Thursday, and it couldn’t come soon enough.
I was away for a few days helping the family and getting in a few days of rest before the baseball season gets going. Once baseball starts, there are very few days off until after the Super Bowl in February. That’s not a bad thing. I love it. But I do need a day here and there to recharge.
But the start of the MLB season is one of my favorite times on the sports calendar. And it’s especially nice when there is hope for the Royals. Now, I am not expecting a playoff season, but I expect to see improvement and a competitive team that could win half of its games if things go well.
Kansas City Royals 6, Colorado Rockies 3 (Box Score)
2:05p, – MLBST – Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals (MLB.com)
Nicky Lopez was optioned to Triple-A Omaha Sunday. That’s not surprising based on how Lopez performed in spring training, but it does surprise me a little after Bobby Witt Jr. was sent down.
Wade Davis was added to the 40-man roster. That puts the Royals with 39 players on the roster. It’s exciting to think of what this could mean for the Royals bullpen. No, I don’t expect Wade Davis to pitch as he did in the 2015 world championship season. I don’t see him as the closer. But with Greg Holland having success in 2019 and Davis having a solid spring training, the bullpen might be a huge strength for the team once again. We’ll have to see what the bullpen’s final makeup is on Thursday, but there are a lot of quality arms available. And if Davis and Holland can be solid, if not exceptional, their experience should help the entire bullpen.
Kyle Isbel is having a terrific spring and could make the roster out of spring training. His stats are nice, but you know we don’t fall for spring training stats here. But he seems to hit the ball hard every at-bat regardless of whether or not he reaches base. Isbel seems to have passed Bubba Starling in the eyes of the Royals.
The Chiefs re-signed WR Demarcus Robinson to a one-year, $1.137 million contract. So while the team has had trouble attracting free-agent receivers, Brett Veach could sign Robinson, who has been a solid, if not exceptional, receiver for the club.
The Chiefs reached an agreement on a one-year, $7 million contract with Seattle DL Jarran Reed. Reed reportedly could have made more money by staying in Seattle but chose to join the Chiefs on a one-year deal and try for a bigger payday next offseason.
The NFL is expected to increase the number of regular-season games to 17 starting in the 2021-22 season. Of course, players were quick to complain about the additional game. But that’s what the league needs to help make up lost revenue from last season.
It will be interesting to see if any teams consider resting players similar to what we see in other sports. I would certainly rather have more NFL games than less, even if that means that players need to have games off for recovery. The only player who would not get a game off likely is the quarterback. We don’t need Patrick Mahomes on the bench.
Parker Braun and Mark Smith joined Xavier Pinson in the transfer portal. The Tigers are expected to bring back just five of the 12 players currently on the roster. We’ll have to see how Cuonzo Martin rebuilds the team, likely with several players from the transfer portal.
Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi is happy, focused on organization he loves (Alec Lewis)
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