What a weekend for Kansas City sports!
Sporting was terrific in San Jose and earned a 3-1 win. I really like what I see from the homegrown players like Daniel Salloi, Jaylen Lindsey, and Gianluca Busio. Busio was the big name entering the season. European clubs are looking at him. But Jaylen Lindsey was solid, and I think he should be a regular starter. And Daniel Salloi might finally be figuring out how to finish and score.
The Royals finished their five game home stand 4-1. After struggling so much recently, the Royals needed a good homestand, and they got more than we could have asked for.
So the week ahead has the Royals on the road for three games in Tampa Bay and three games in Minnesota. It will be a challenging week. Coming away with a .500 road trip would be a huge success.
Sporting is back home for a game against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. Sporting is second in the Western Conference. Houston is fourth. Children’s Mercy Park will be packed with all seats occupied for the first time since 2019.
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MAHOMES AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
Patrick Mahomes is reportedly ahead of schedule rehabbing from his toe injury suffered in the playoffs last season. He will participate a little in the team’s OTAs starting on May 25. The plan is for him to be completely healed and ready for training camp.
WHAT DO THE ROYALS DO WHEN MONDESI RETURNS?
When Adalberto Mondesi went on the injured list before the season started, it seemed like Dayton Moore and Mike Matheny would have an easy decision once he returned. Nicky Lopez was terrible last year and this spring, so you knew he would go to the bench or the minors, and Mondesi would just be plugged into shortstop.
It’s not that simple now. Mondesi will move into shortstop, but Lopez likely isn’t out of the starting lineup. He’s doing a lot of things well right now, both in the field and at the plate. So what do you do?
My best guess is that Lopez will shift over to second base, and Whit Merrifield will take over in right field. Whit really isn’t anything special defensively at second base.
And now, when Bobby Witt Jr. comes up later this year, there is a decent chance that Hunter Dozier is the one who loses playing time with Witt becoming the regular third baseman.
Would I do this? No. I would have to sit Lopez. He might be a decent player off the bench to give players a rest every now and then. But I think Hunter Dozier needs to move back to right field, and Whit should remain at second.
It’s nice that Nicky Lopez is playing well, but it’s going to make decisions hard on Dayton Moore and Mike Matheny. That’s a good problem to have.
NOTES: Phil Mickelson, 50, won the PGA Championship. He is the oldest player to win a major golf tournament.
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