Series Preview 6/12-6/14: St. Louis Cardinals

It’s a battle of the bests this weekend, as the first place Royals take on the first place Cardinals in another I-70 Series showdown, this time in St. Louis. The Royals walked away victors in the first series last month, taking two out of the three games. The Cardinals will be looking for revenge this time around, but the Royals are on a four game win streak and just swept the Minnesota Twins.

I don’t put a lot of value into momentum, but this time I am. As I mentioned, the Royals just swept the Twins and are turning things around after a pretty ugly slump, both offensively and defensively. A trip to the Twin Cities came at just the right time, as they managed to create some separation in the standings, and do have at least a little room for error this weekend. Continue reading

Tough road to playoffs for Chiefs

Just when I start to think that blogging might just not be for me, I somehow always find a way back here to write something. It’s been almost a month, and a lot has happened since then.

Thanksgiving break came and went, and it was a nice week off from school. I ate lots of food, saw my family, and relaxed. Most importantly though, I ate lots of food.

Finals week is next week, but somehow this week seems to be more stressful than next week. I’ve had a presentation and two exams this week, followed by four finals next week. Why do professors insist on making our lives difficult? I haven’t found an answer, but if I do, I’ll let you know.

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Post-game reaction: Chiefs at Chargers

The Chiefs got back to .500 this week, after coming away with a last minute win against the Chargers, 23-20. Cairo Santos squeezed in the winning field goal as fans held their breath, and the Chiefs capped off an impressive hard-fought game. The Chiefs really needed this win, especially facing a St. Louis team next week that just knocked off the defending Champs.

Jamaal Charles became the franchise-leading rusher, which was pretty great. Andy Reid utilized him a lot more this week, which helped lead the Chiefs to their win. Charles is clearly the staple of this offense, and I’m glad Reid realized that this week after his coaching blunder in San Francisco.

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Royals resiliency paying off in postseason

The Royals have taken the first two games of the ALCS on the road against Baltimore, and will return home on Monday with a chance to secure a spot in the World Series in front of a raucous crowd at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City is enjoying this wild, crazy, magical dream season, but the wins haven’t come easy in the postseason.

It began against Oakland in the wildcard game, when the Royals managed to come back from an 8-3 deficit, winning in extra innings. Salvador Perez would be the hero there, driving in the winning run on a single down the left field line that barely escaped the glove of Josh Donaldson.

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ALCS Preview: Royals vs. Orioles

The Royals are four wins away from a World Series appearance.

Go ahead, read it again. I had to.

After sweeping the Anaheim Angels in the ALDS, the Royals will now face the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS, and look for their World Series appearance in 29 years. The Orioles also swept their ALDS opponent, the Detroit Tigers. That’s probably a good thing for the Royals, because they weren’t very good against Detroit in the regular season.

The Royals went 4-3 against the Orioles in the regular season, and these two teams are actually more similar than what you might think. There are a few glaring differences, but nonetheless, I’d say these teams are pretty evenly matched.

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