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Will May be better for the Kansas City Royals? They’re glad to be past April

Royals in May

Will May be better? It can’t be much worse than April was for the Royals.

When the Kansas City Royals hit a major league-worst .210 in April, you can expect a bad month. When you add to that a .270 on-base percentage and a .336 slugging percentage, also, all worst in the bigs, you know that is going to add up to a lot of losses.

When you score a big league-worst 63 runs, 24 fewer than the next club, it is going to be a long, long, month.

When your bullpen, once a strength, is 2-7 with a 5.67 ERA and with more blown saves, four, than saves, three, and you know it must be horrible month.

It was. Ending with a nine-game losing streak and the American League Central caboose.

Will Chiefs selection of Patrick Mahomes and other bold draft moves lead to big dividends in the future?

Patrick Mahomes draft pick

They finally did it! The Kansas City Chiefs traded up in the first round of the NFL Draft, which had Chiefs Kingdom all abuzz. Then, they took quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the first round. The trade was the first of four the Chiefs made to improve selections in the draft. The world as we know it changed.

Royals’ DH Brandon Moss says it’ll take time, but the team just has to “play good baseball” to overcome bad start

Brandon Moss

Brandon Moss knows the hole the Kansas City Royals dug early in the season.

While it is not the depth of Grand Canyon and can be climbed out of, it will be a mule-pack progress. It won’t be a quarter-horse sprinting at Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

Moss is hitting .159 with four home runs, three of them solos, and 24 strikeouts in early May.  The Royals are in last place in the American League Central thanks to a nine-game losing streak to end April.

Why Mike Moustakas must be re-signed by the KC Royals

Mike Moustakas

Royals fans know one of the looming questions surrounding this season is which of four top players in the last year of the contract will stay in Kansas City. Based on the Royals cap space and the money they can offer, it’s most likely they can only keep one of the four. Out of the four of them, however, the Royals need to get Mike Moustakas a new contract above Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar.

KC Royals get a poor grade for their play in the month of April

Royals poor grade

You can’t put too much in giving a grade for the first month of the Royals’ season but when we look at the predictions versus the predicament of the 2017 Kansas City Royals: most of us could only do if-then statements.

If we are winning, we are all in. If we are losing, goodbye to Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Jason Vargas and/or Alcides Escobar.

We also looked at the off-season moves with wonder as general manager Dayton Moore traded away Wade Davis, one of the game’s best closers, and Jarrod Dyson, who has game-changing speed.

Sure it is early and too often the struggles out of the gate tend to be weighed more heavily versus mid-season bumps and slumps. I do know this; we have no idea what the roster will look like come August and September. Mark down the July 31st trade deadline on your calendars and be prepared for a bumpy ride.

Biggest 1st round draft busts of the Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs Draft Busts

When it comes to the NFL Draft, there’s always possibility that not every pick made will actually pan out. For every Peyton Manning taken in the first round, there’s almost always a Jamarcus Russell taken as one of the top picks. The Chiefs are no exception. Recently, their first-round picks have been homeruns, picking up Pro Bowl-caliber players, such as Marcus Peters, Dontari Poe and Eric Berry. On the flip side, they have made some major blunders in the first round. After taking a look at the best Chiefs draft picks, now we take a look at the five biggest first-round draft busts by Kansas City.

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 1st-round NFL Draft Picks

1st round draft picks

With the the 2017 NFL draft coming up, we decided to take a look at and rank the top picks by the Kansas City Chiefs round by round, and this is easily the toughest with so many of the greatest Chiefs’ players taken in the first round. We are ranking this based on their time in Kansas City, not their overall career, and the impact they have had on the franchise. This also includes picks they had while in the AFL and the team’s brief time as the Dallas Texans. With all that said, here’s our list of the top first-round draft picks by the Kansas City Chiefs.

KC Chiefs look to fill Poe’s big shoes and fill other spots in 2017 NFL Draft

kc chiefs 2017 draft

APRIL 2017 – Unlike a year ago, the KC Chiefs entered the free agent period with far fewer question marks.

The biggest was resolved in March when All-Pro safety Eric Berry was inked to a deal which will likely make him a Chief for life.

The potential loss of Berry weighed heavily on the front office as well as the players.

“Eric Berry is the heart and soul of this defense,”

Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 2nd-round NFL Draft Picks

2nd Round Chiefs Draft Picks

We are continuing our series on the Chiefs’ best draft picks, round by round, now going into the second round. Remember, this is based on their career as a Chief and the impact they have had on the franchise. Here’s our list of the top second round NFL Draft picks by Kansas City.

Branches-Limbs-Twigs season predictions for the Royals

Royals predictions traded

APRIL 2017 – Each year I jump out and release my annual BLT (branches-limbs-twigs) predictions for the Kansas City Royals.

The past two years have been somewhat easier to guess since positions were set and contract statuses were not a concern.

Heading into the 2017 season, most of us feel like we are in a holding pattern until we know where the Royals stand in the playoff hunt in 2017. “Should they stay or should they go” will be chatted about on the airways and at work as everyone plays general manager during the season.