On the heels of one of the most exciting games in recent memory, the Royals will try to take their momentum to the American League Division Series where they take on the Los Angeles Angels. This is the Royals first trip to the playoffs since 1985 (you knew that) and the Angels first trip since 2009 when they lost in the ALCS to the New York Yankees.
Tale of the Tape:
|World Series Titles||1, 1985||1, 2002|
|Average Leader||Lorenzo Cain||Howie Kendrick|
|Home Run Leader||Alex Gordon||Mike Trout|
|RBI Leader||Alex Gordon||Mike Trout|
|Wins Leader||James Shields, Yordano Ventura||Jered Weaver|
|ERA Leader||Danny Duffy||Garrett Richards|
|Saves Leader||Greg Holland||Huston Street|
Game One: Jason Vargas vs. Jered Weaver
The Royals send their much maligned lefty to the mound to face the Angels ace. Weaver has lost a bit off his fastball, but he’s still a successful starting pitcher. The Royals can beat him, but the concern in this game is if Jason Vargas can overcome his 9.00 ERA from his last four starts of 2014. From my eyes, it appeared that he was fatigued, so maybe seven days of rest will help him in this one. One thing to note is that Jered Weaver struggles to control the running game, so look for the Royals speed guys to take off as soon as they get on base.
Game Two: Yordano Ventura vs. Matt Shoemaker
The Angels send their 27-year old rookie to the mound in this one coming off an oblique injury at the end of the regular season. He went 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA, but it remains to be seen what he will do coming off that injury. The Royals send Yordano Ventura to the mound after his rough outing against the A’s on Tuesday in the hopes that he can rebound a little bit. I imagine one of Danny Duffy or Jeremy Guthrie will be ready to go in case Ventura struggles out of the gates again.
Game Three: James Shields vs. C.J. Wilson
Wilson struggled this season from about June on, and was hit pretty hard by the Royals this season, so there’s hope in this game for Kansas City. Wilson is a solid lefty, though, and has a chance to get the job done in any given game. Wilson performs far better in Anaheim than on the road, so the Royals have that going for them in this one. Shields gets a second chance at his first postseason win for his new club after giving up four runs in five plus innings in his start in the Wild Card game against Oakland. Personally, I’d start Christian Colon over Mike Moustakas in this one since Wilson is tough on lefties.
Game Four (If Necessary): Jeremy Guthrie or Danny Duffy vs. Jered Weaver
The Angels are bringing Weaver back on three days rest if they need to play this game as they seem to have more confidence in him than they do Hector Santiago. That’s, of course, subject to change as the series continues. The Royals, having seen Weaver just a few days prior might be able to put together some good at bats against him. They’ll need to. It appears the Royals will start whoever isn’t needed in relief in the early part of this series. If it’s Guthrie, I worry about him against a powerful lineup like this, but if it’s Duffy, you worry about his health as he struggled with his shoulder late in the year.
Game Five (If Necessary): Jason Vargas vs. Matt Shoemaker or Hector Santiago
Hector Santiago might get the nod in this one if Shoemaker struggles in Game Two of the series. He gets lefties out quite well, but tends to struggle against right-handed bats. He also tires quite quickly, so the key for the Royals in this one is to run the pitch count up as much as possible and wait him out. I have concerns about Vargas in this one, but at least he’d have six days of rest between starts.
I think the Royals somehow pull this series out and win it in five. Call it a hunch, though, because all the numbers indicate the Angels should win this series.
Senator Bob Dole plans to visit the following locations during the sixth of several trips to Kansas this year. All visits are open to the public.
Monday, July 14:
Oskaloosa, Jefferson County Courthouse, Commissioners Room (300 Jefferson St.), 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Alma, St. John Lutheran Church (218 W. 2nd St.), 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Council Grove, Council Grove Senior Center (227 W. Main St.), 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Marion, Marion Community Center (203 N. 3rd St.), 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 15:
Cottonwood Falls, Chase County Courthouse (300 Pearl St.), 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Eureka, Greenwood Hotel (301 N. Main St.), 1 to 2 p.m.
Yates Center, Woodson County Ambulance Building (114 N. Main St.), 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.
Burlington, Coffey County Library (410 Juniatta St.), 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Osage City, Osage County Senior Center (604 Market St.), 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
“I’m looking forward to continuing my tour of Kansas,” Senator Dole said. “I hope to see friends and former supporters of mine, and I’ll plan to enjoy lots of brownies, oatmeal raisin cookies and pies along the way.”
So fresh off of my family trip to Branson, I wanted to highlight some…highlights of Branson, MO. Since moving to SEK, I have been to Branson almost annually. Atleast making a trip to Silver Dollar City for a weekend. So now with a wife and 2 kids a long for the ride, here are some quick things that are a must for your next trip.
– It is what it says it is. Honestly, you can’t miss this thing. If you’re traveling down the strip, you’ll first notice the 2 huge stacks towering from the building resembling the “face” of the Titanic. Once you enter, you’ll get a chance to put your hand on an “iceberg” to get a sense of how cold that block of ice was that doomed the ship. Here are my positives and negatives of the Titanic Museum in Branson, MO
+ Education, informative, and fun. If you’re looking for something on the educational side, this is it. Even our 3 year old had fun looking at some of the exhibits. For the kiddos, I recommend the audio tour add-on since there’s quite a bit of reading.
+ 2+ hours. You might think this is a bad thing, but honestly, on a day that it rained, it was great to spend it inside learning about a piece of history. If you’re planning a trip to Branson and need a filler, this is a place to stop. Plus…you really owe it to your self to take your time to marvel at the attention to detail in a lot of the exhibits, including the famous stair case.
+ Hands on and interactive. Not only was this educational, but it was entertaining. One of our favorites was the 3 levels of elevation the ship reportedly went through on it’s sinking and you had the opportunity to “climb” on the side railing and hold on for dear life. (FYI – I was the only one in our family to make it to the top). Also – you could stick your finger (or if you’re dumb and brave like me your whole hand) in water that was as cold as the ocean was that fateful April evening and see how long you could last. (1 minute with my whole hand…which I don’t recommend BTW).
- No pictures. Because of copyright law and legal mumbo jumbo you couldn’t take pictures.
- The price. This one will cost you a pretty penny…or quite a few. But honestly, I would much rather spend my money on this exhibit than some dinner and show.
THE HOLLYWOOD WAX MUSEUM
You’ve probably seen these on the travel channel or something similar. Wax figures that eerily resemble your favorite Hollywood actor or actress. This was a lot of fun for the adults…and the kids too.
+ Price is family friendly. Honestly, this one didn’t set you back too much, especially with a family of 4.
+ Interactive and can take pictures. You can stand next to the figures and take your picture with them. They just ask that you be respectful and don’t get too frisky. I had to remind that to the wife about Robert Downey Jr….
- Too short. I think we spent maybe 30-45 minutes walking through. I would have liked to have seen more, but again for the price I couldn’t complain. My wife was happy too…again RDJ.
If you made it this far…in conclusion, these two places are well worth the stops in Branson. We did some other stuff too…but I won’t go into boring details about that. If you’re planning to go to Branson soon, tell them Zoel from Hot 105 sent you. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
As the Royals come off a very successful 5-2 home stand that saw them vault into second place in the American League Central, they’re now faced with their most important stretch of games of the 2014 season. They head to Chicago to take on the White Sox in a three-game set and then will go to Detroit to do battle with the division leading Tigers. By the time the Royals get to Detroit, they could have switched places with them, but that seems unlikely, so we’ll work under the premise that they will still have some work to do in catching the Tigers rather than putting distance between the Royals and them.
Here are three reasons why this trip is so important:
1. Any games against division foes are very important to come out victorious. It’s obvious, but every game won against them provides a two game swing in the standings. The Royals haven’t been so good against their division rivals this season. Even with a two-game sweep against the Indians, the Royals are just 8-15 against the AL Central. I’m no math major, but when you see how far back they are from first place, you start to realize what could be if they were just 11-12 against the division, let alone having a winning record. They need to get things going against the AL Central if they want to have a real shot at this thing.
2. The White Sox are a team that is just good enough to think they have a chance. If they think they have a chance over the next few weeks, they might go out on the trade market and try to pick up a pitcher or even a bat who could help them to really have a chance. I don’t have to tell you that this scenario is not good for the Royals. The White Sox, right now, are not the best team in the division nor are they even one of the best two or three teams in the division, but when you let a team hang around for long enough, they start to believe it. It’s sort of like the upsets in the NCAA tournament. That number 13 seed might not actually be better than the number four seed, but when it’s 55-53 with 11:08 to go in the second half, they believe they are. The difference here is that the White Sox actually can get better if they think they need upgrades. The Royals need to send them to the bottom of the division this weekend to help avoid that fate because if the White Sox upgrade, they may very well end up better than the Royals.
3. To be the best, you have to beat the best. The Tigers have shown over the course of the last few seasons that they are the absolute class of the American League Central. The Royals are currently 0-5 against them this season, and that has to change in a hurry. Since starting the season 27-12, the Tigers have really taken a tumble, so they are beatable, but being beatable and being beaten are two separate things. The Tigers have shown some weakness over the last few weeks, and while they’re still very good and probably the class of the division, they are a team that can be beaten right now. If the Royals handle the White Sox, it’s important that they head into Detroit and make a statement in this series. It’s not just a statement to show that they’ve “arrived” or anything like that, but a statement to potentially show the Tigers who the top dog is now. Hopefully when it’s all said and done, it will be the Royals.
This is unfamiliar territory for the Royals. Last year’s team made their move late in the season, so they have the experience of a race, but there haven’t been too many Royals teams in a good position in mid-June. This year is different so far. This road trip needs to be different too.
The 2nd Annual Larry Roberts Poker Run is Saturday, June 28, 2014.
Registration starts at 11am, kickstands up at 12:30pm at the Golden Knight Billiards at 3801 S. Santa Fe, Chanute.
Come show your skill at darts! $20 entry fee gets you a chance at darts, $10 each additional thrower.
T-shirts will be available from sizes small to XXlarge for $18 (includes koozie)
All proceeds will be put back into the community thru the following organizations on behalf of Larry Roberts:
Esophageal Cancer Awareness
Relay For Life
Adopt a Child Program
Traveling Veterans Memorial
Hot 105 will be broadcasting the Humboldt High School Girls Softball game at the Class 3A State Softball Tournament on Thursday, May 29th. The Cubs will be taking on Minneapolis High School. Pre-game coverage begins at 4:50 with first pitch at 5:00pm. You can also listen to the coverage live online here on our website. Just click on the “Listen Live” Button in the upper right hand corner of our homepage.
Congrats to all area 2014 Graduates.
Erie – May 10th @ 5:00p
Chanute – May 11th at CHS Gym @ 2:00p
Iola – May 11th at IHS Gym @ 2:00p
Humboldt – May 17th at Humboldt Community Field House @ 5:00p
Independence – May 18th at Independence Memorial Hall @ 2:00p
The National Association of Letter Carriers food drive is Saturday, May 10, 2014. Any non-perishable food can be left at your mailbox, on the curb or at your letter carrier’s vehicle. Donations will benefit three local food back at:
New Life United Brethren Church – 500 N. Forest
Otterbein Methodist Church – 631 W. 7th
First Christian Church – 102 N. Grant
Donations can also be taken directly to the Post Office or to one of the food pantry locations on Saturday between the hours of 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
Humboldt City Wide Garage Sale will be held Sat. June 7th.