The King of the Nerds is proud to present: The State of the KC Sports Nation. (Volume 1, Issue 1)
We'll start with my preview of this weekend's Royals' series.
In a highly critical series this weekend, the Kansas City Royals will play host to the Cleveland Indians. This matchup has been talked about all week as the series winner will likely clinch fourth place for the season. This would be huge for the Royals because that would make two years in a row where we did not finish in last place. It's Progress…
Now for a serious look ahead. In the First game at 7:05 Ct time, Royals starter Kyle Davies (8-9, 4.95) will take the mound against Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco (0-0, 2.18). Saturday at 6:10 Sean O'Sullivan (1-5, 7.40) will take the mound for the blue crew against Justin Masterson (6-12, 4.73). Sunday in the afternoon Luke Hochevar (5-5, 4.81) will make his second start since returning from injury against Josh Tomlin (4-3, 4.17). With our recent offensive surge in our series win against Oakland, I expect the Royals to dominate offensively this series taking at least 2 games if not sweeping the Indians. The only game where I can see the Royals taking a loss is when O'Sullivan starts on Saturday night. Anyways it should be some great baseball to watch in a pivotal battle to escape the cellar.
In Other local baseball news, the Kansas City T-Bones are in the Northern League Championship for the second time in three years. Things are not looking good for the T-Bones as they have dropped 2 games at home to go down 0-2 to Fargo. The rest of the three games will be played in Fargo, and the T-Bones will have to win all three to win the title. Game three will take place on Friday September 17th at 7:00. Game 4 (if needed) will be on Saturday at 1:00, with Game 5 (If Needed) will be Sunday at 6:00pm. Good luck T-Bones and thanks for a fantastic season.
The Kansas City Wizards have been out of action since the tie against Philadelphia on September 4th. They will make up for that absence with 3 games in seven days, starting with a road game against Chivas USA at 7:00 pm CT this Sunday. The Wizards currently sit 2 spots behind the last playoff spot holder Seattle, leading them by 6 points. Also in front of them, leading by only one point is Toronto FC. The Wizards need to win at least 2 of 3 games this week to stay in the playoff race. Chivas USA is in 7th place in the West with 25 points. They trail the Wizards by two points and are still trying to fight for a playoff spot also. This game will set the tone for the rest of the week for the Wizards, and a win would give them excellent momentum as they push toward the playoffs.
The Jayhawks shocked the world last week, rebounding from an embarrassing loss to North Dakota State to upset then #17 Georgia Tech. The Jayhawks will try to continue to ride the momentum as they roll into Hattiesburg, Mississippi to take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles are a very talented team, and beating them on the road will not be easy. This game will be played in a special Friday night game at 7:00 on ESPN. The Jayhawks should good promise last week and a win over Southern Miss could put them on the track to a somewhat successful season in the first year of the Turner Gil era.
Kansas State will take their undefeated 2-0 record to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, where they will meet the Cyclones of Iowa State Saturday at 11:00 am. Surprisingly, this game isn't being shown on TV, so if you want to see it you're going to have to buy tickets. Iowa State is coming off a 35-7 loss to #9 Iowa, while K-state is coming off an easy win against Missouri State. This game shouldn't be close, and K-State should easily handle the Cyclones on their way to starting off 3-0.
And finally, the team of the week. The Kansas City Chiefs will take to the road to take on the pansies, excuse me, the Cleveland Browns. Even though I just made that joke, the Chiefs cannot afford to take Cleveland lightly on Sunday. Our newly rejuvenated team looked fairly good against San Diego on Monday, but now it is time to see what the Chiefs can do on the road. A 2-0 start would work wonders for this young team's confidence level and heading into the rest of the season.
So here is the KC Sports Schedule for your weekend.
Friday: Kansas @ Southern Miss. 7:00 pm CT, ESPN.
Kansas City T-Bones @ Fargo. 7:00 pm CT
Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians. 7:00 pm CT, FSN.
Saturday: Kansas State vs. Iowa State (Arrowhead Stadium) 11:00 am CT.
Kansas City T-Bones @ Fargo (If needed) 1:00 pm CT
Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland 6:10 pm CT. FSN
Sunday: Kansas City Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns. 12:00 pm, CBS
Kansas City Royals vs. Cleveland Indians. 1:10 pm FSN
Kansas City T-bones @ Fargo (If needed) 6:00 pm.
Kansas City Wizards @ Chivas USA. 7:30 PM, KCWE.
That's all for now, and I will have another edition up by Monday.
Peace out Bitches.