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Best podcasts about sam mellinger

Latest podcast episodes about sam mellinger

SportsBeat KC
Was Kansas City Chiefs' season trajectory fixed with win at Washington?

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 32:07


The Chiefs continue to look for a complete, four-quarter game. But three solid quarters was enough on Sunday as they defeated Washington 31-13 on the road. Here, in podcast form, sports columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian and beat writer Herbie Teope join host Blair Kerkhoff in breaking down the game on SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily podcast. The Chiefs proved that when this offense doesn't turn it over, they're tough to beat — especially when their defense plays as well as it did on Sunday. Story links: The Chiefs aren't fixed with one victory, but maybe the fix has begun Darrel Williams shines in big moment as Chiefs running back Do the Chiefs have their swagger back? It's just one victory but here's why it seems so vital Why the Chiefs offense, despite the turnovers, had its best day against Washington KC Chiefs report card: Offense clicked but defense also shined in Washington Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

October 18, 2021  Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE from Washington.  The guys talk about The Chiefs Week 6 win over The Football Team and also Sam's most recent column. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
Talking Chiefs the day after their worst home loss of the Andy Reid era

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 47:45


It's not often that beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian talk about a lopsided Chiefs loss. But that's where we are Monday on SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast. The Chiefs were crunched 38-20 by the Bills at rainy Arrowhead Stadium Sunday night. Issues that have plagued the Chiefs at every turn this season only intensified against Buffalo. Bad defense and turnovers were killers. But the Chiefs' offense and Patrick Mahomes looked out of sync, too. All credit to the Bills. The Chiefs dropped to 2-3, so now what? Is the division title out of reach? Are the problems fixable? Story links: Chiefs take it on the chin vs. Buffalo. Some takeaways Five things that stood out about the Chiefs' loss to the Bills Chiefs are still capable but their aura of invincibility has left the chat Chiefs: We haven't seen it this bad in years Chiefs report card: They might have to repeat a grade after this performance Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

October 11, 2021  Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE in studio.  The guys talk about The Chiefs Week 5 Home loss to the Bills. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
Can the Chiefs' defense keep up with Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills?

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 40:53


Last year's AFC Championship Game participants meet Sunday night in a Week 5 battle at Arrowhead Stadium, and there's plenty on the line for the Chiefs and Bills. After consecutive losses, Kansas City got back on track at Philadelphia last weekend and is eager to prove it remains the AFC favorite. Buffalo was the Chiefs' top competition in the conference last season, and the Bills are out to prove they're finally capable of beating the two-time AFC champions. So many storylines: Through four games, both sides have been terrific on offense, and Buffalo's defense is the NFL's best rated. The Chiefs have added wide receiver, former NFL standout Josh Gordon, to their roster. And on and on it goes. We discussed all of this on Friday's SportsBeat Live stream with beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell and KC Star sports columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian. That conversation is presented here as today's SportsBeat KC podcast. Story links: Ideally, here's how Josh Gordon fits into Chiefs' offense Chiefs' keys to victory vs. Bills, by Herbie Teope Nick Bolton, Chiefs hope Willie Gay Jr., can help a defense that's been a “little bleedy” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

SportsBeat KC
Starting to get a little offensive about the Chiefs' defense

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 26:32


There was plenty to celebrate with the Chiefs' 42-30 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Andy Reid won his 100th game as the Chiefs' head coach, Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdown passes, three to Tyreek HIll, and the Chiefs ended a two-game losing streak, But oh, that defense. The Chiefs had to keep scoring because the Eagles did, too. The difference? Philly settled for three field goals. The Chiefs' defense consumed the bulk of our post-game conversation Sunday with Herbie Teope, Sam McDowell, Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger — and you. The show started as a SportsBeat Live stream and is presented here as a SportsBeat KC podcast. Story links: Five things that stood out about the Eagles victory over the Chiefs Chiefs grades: Good stuff happens when maximizing touchdowns, minimizing turnovers Sam Mellinger: That was better but Chiefs effort won't beat the best teams What we learned as Chiefs beat Eagles 42-30 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

October 4, 2021  Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE from Philly.  The guys talk about The Chiefs Week 4 win over the Eagles and He wraps up the Royals season. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
Why this slow start is unlike the previous one for the Chiefs

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 32:34


Not to worry. This sluggish start for the Chiefs is nothing like the last one, six years ago. That season, the Chiefs started 1-5 before finding their rhythm all the way to their first playoff victory in more than two decades. This team is better than that one was and gets a chance to prove it on Sunday in Philadelphia. The Star's coverage team of Vahe Gregorian, Sam Mellinger, Sam McDowell and Herbie Teope tackles the issues facing the Chiefs, and also why Josh Gordon was a good signing as well as Andy Reid's health scare from last weekend. Today's SportsBeat KC podcast show started as a SportsBeat Live stream and is now presented in audio form. Story links: Tyrann Mathieu identifies Chiefs' defense biggest issue. At least it's correctable Here's how Chiefs can avoid third straight loss Chiefs scheme: This recent trend has been killing the Chiefs and it's un-Andy Reid-like Chiefs-Eagles prediction: What will it take to end losing streak? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

SportsBeat KC
Are there easy fixes for Chiefs' woes or is it time to hit panic button?

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 37:44


Rare is the Chiefs losing streak. It hasn't happen since the first half of the 2019, but now the Chiefs have lost consecutive games with Sunday's 30-24 defeat against the Los Angeles Chargers. That followed the heartbreaker at Baltimore the previous weekend. The breakdown of this one starts with turnovers. The Chiefs gave it away four times, twice on Patrick Mahomes interceptions. Still, they had the lead in the fourth quarter. But they couldn't find a way to protect home field. After the game, Star columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian and beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell discussed the team's problems and wondered if it's time to hit the panic button. Here's the discussion as today's installment of The Star's daily SportsBeat KC podcast. Story links: Rare miscommunication between Mahomes and Kelce illuminates Chiefs' broader issue The Chiefs have encountered an early crisis: “This is unusual for us,” Chiefs have played with fire for a while now. It's catching up to them The Chiefs lost this game as much as the Chargers won it. What we learned Sunday Poor grades for Chiefs vs. Chargers. Now Chiefs are in last place in AFC West Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

September 27, 2021  Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE in studio about The Chiefs Week 3 loss to the Chargers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
Some Chiefs issues more fixable than others, and maybe we need a chill pill

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 43:28


A last-minute loss, on the road, against a playoff team with an MVP quarterback doesn't mean the Chiefs are headed in the wrong direction. But they should be paying closer attention to the road. On today's SportsBeat KC, beat writer Herbie Teope and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian discuss the Chiefs as they prepare for Sunday's home game against the Chargers. The bigger issues are on the defensive side, and most of the conversation is spent there. But toward the end of a program that started as a SportsBeat Live, a member of the audience, Joy, reminds us that it's only the second game, and plenty of season is ahead. She's so right. Story links: Chiefs keys to Sunday's game against the Chargers Why Steve Spagnuolo figures to be right man to turn around his defense Chiefs-Chargers prediction: Who walks off field with a losing streak? Former Missouri Tigers will be opposite sides of the field for Chiefs-Chargers game Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

SportsBeat KC
Talking baseball's history through greatest players, with Joe Posnanski

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 44:08


The Baseball 100, Joe Posnanski's new book, tells the sport's history through its greatest players. Posnanski, a former longtime KC Star sports columnist, joined Royals beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian Tuesday to discuss his book, a sort of dress rehearsal for his appearance with baseball author and historian Bill James on Sept. 29 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Posnanski talked about the book's inspiration and how he reached some of his conclusions, including not listing Babe Ruth as the game's greatest player ever. We also talked about the Royals and catcher Salvador Perez, whose season grows more amazing with every home run. Story links: The Baseball 100 by Joe Posnanski Rainy Day Books presents Joe Posnanski Royals star Salvador Perez passes Johnny Bench with 46th home run this season Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

SportsBeat KC
Trying to explain the Kansas City Chiefs' epic fail at Baltimore

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 32:36


Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs don't lose games the way they lost on Sunday. Heck, they haven't lost many games at all — an NFL low 10 in the regular season over the past three years. So but to fritter away an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, that's head-shaking stuff. We talked about what happened in the 36-35 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football with columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian and beat writer Herbie Teope. Some issues were as obvious as Clyde Edwards-Helaire's fumble while the Chiefs were driving late, and some less so. SportsBeat Live gave fans a chance to vent after the game, and we were right there with them. The conversation is now presented as a SportsBeat KC podcast. Story links: Breaking down the good, bad and ugly in Chiefs loss to Baltimore “This is a game we should have won:” The Chiefs are right and have plenty to clean up Chiefs poor defense takes them from being Ravens' “kryptonite” to own worst enemy Travis Kelce on loss to Ravens: “We have to man up and fix the issues.” Chiefs report card: Meltdown Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

September 20, 2021  Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE from Baltimore about The Chiefs Week 2 loss to the Ravens. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
How the Chiefs plan to extend their winning streak vs. Ravens to 4 games

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 42:24


The Chiefs should have a good sense of the AFC North after this weekend. After knocking off the Browns in their season opener, it's time to face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football. In this episode of the daily SportsBeat KC podcast, we talk about both games with beat writer Herbie Teope, columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger and host Blair Kerkhoff. What needs to be fixed, and what must Chiefs do to make it four victories in four years over the Ravens? Story links: Chiefs Orlando Brown Jr. faces former team, but he's no snitch Thrown into action, Chiefs (and former Mizzou linebacker) Nick Bolton made plays How Patrick Mahomes is handling the “priceless” feeling of parenthood Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

SportsBeat KC
Let's talk about the Royals, including hot-hitting Benintendi's future

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 36:13


In this episode of SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily podcast, we talk about the Royals, especially the future of left fielder Andrew Benintendi. But there was also some big Royals news after we finished recording. The Royals have promoted general manager Dayton Moore to club president and elevated assistant GM J.J. Picollo to Moore's former position. We discuss that and other Royals developments. Beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnist Sam Mellinger look ahead to the Royals' 2022 season, starting with Benindenti, who is swinging one of the hottest bats in baseball, and what the club's lineup might look like next spring. Story links: Royals promoting Dayton Moore to president, JJ Picollo to GM Andrew Benintendi makes himself at home in Minnesota, leads Royals offense Mellinger MInutes: Chiefs, Royals, all things Kansas City sports Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

SportsBeat KC
Chiefs were losing to Browns, then reversed their fortunes. Here's how

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 34:28


Early in the fourth quarter, the Cleveland Browns had about an 87% probably of winning their season opener against the Chiefs. Never count out Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, who rallied for a 33-29 triumph Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The SportsBeat KC crew discussed the dramatic triumph after the game. You'll hear from The Star's Sam Mellinger, Vahe Gregorian, Herbie Teope, Blair Kerkhoff and Sam McDowell, along with Andy Reid and Mahomes and an audience that supplied many questions and comments. We talk about the critical moments of the game, like Mahomes' 75-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill, the Browns' dropped punt that led to the go-ahead touchdown, and much more. Story links: Chiefs' rally over Browns is testimony to hard-wire resolve of Mahomes' era After trailing early, Chiefs make big statement in beating Browns in opener Chiefs beat Browns with overwhelming pressure, “It's just that fast.” “I saw this little hand pop. up:” How Mahomes TD pass to Tyreek Hill unfolded Chiefs grades: Mahomes, Hill, Kelce (really entire offense) can cure plenty of ills Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

September 13, 2021  Steven and Leabo talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE in studio about The Chiefs Week 1 victory over the Cleveland Browns. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
You have questions, we have answers as Chiefs prepare for Sunday kickoff

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 41:20


The team that has played in three straight AFC Championship Games and back to back Super Bowls is about to kick off the 2021 season and we're here to talk about it. Beat writers Herbie Teope and Sam McDowell and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian join Blair Kerkhoff to discuss all things Chiefs. The show started as a SportsBeat Live stream with questions and comments from you. We covered the challenge of starting over at offensive line with five new starters, the Chiefs' top wide receiver after Tyreek Hill, what oddsmakers think of the Chiefs and much more. Story links: Why Patrick Mahomes is more prepared for this opener...and defenses less so for him What the Vegas odds say about the Chiefs' Super Bowl chances and the 2021 season Protecting Mahomes: Chiefs quarterback likes the look of his new offensive line Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

SportsBeat KC
Developing the Royals' young pitchers, and why metrics hate Salvy Perez

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 37:30


One more victory and the Royals can't lose 100 games this season. So, that's one objective that should be easily met. How about the rest of them? We talk about that and more Royals topics in this episode of SportsBeat KC with beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnist Sam Mellinger. How are the Royals going to use Adalberto Mondesi the rest of the season? And why do advanced metrics seem to disrespect Salvador Perez, who is on his way to having one of the greatest seasons in team history? Story links: Andrew Benintendi's bat and glove were crucial late as Royals beat Orioles Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs, Royals, college football Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

SportsBeat KC
Celebrating Salvy ... but why is this Royal's best season happening now?

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 35:40


Behold Salvador Perez. He's swinging baseball's hottest bat, with home runs in five straight games. That matches a Royals record, which he can own exclusively Tuesday night. He has also tied the team mark for home runs in a month with 12. Perez has gone from being a good hitter to great this season, and we talked about why it's happening this season on SportsBeat Live, The Star's daily sports podcast with beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian. Story links: Mellinger Minutes: Celebrating Salvy, Chiefs predictions and keeping secrets With Salvador Perez mashing, we recall some of the Royals' top offensive seasons Perez is AL Player of the Week after historic stretch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

August 30, 2021  Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE in studio about the the Royals, Chiefs and College Athletics. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
Royals' rotation sizzling, and how does middle infield line up in '22?

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 32:39


Only a few weeks of evidence is available, but what a stretch for the Royals' rotation. With Carlos Hernandez and Daniel Lynch leading the way, they've won seven of eight and their starters are 5-0 in that run. On this episode of our daily SportsBeat KC podcast, which originated as SportsBeat Live stream Tuesday morning, beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian project what this means for the future. And, speaking of next season, where will Nicky Lopez, Whit Merrifield, Adalberto Mondesi and Bobby Witt Jr. find themselves on the diamond in 2022? Plenty of flexibility there. Finally, Salvador Perez is having a career year when it seems his trajectory should be headed in a different direction. Story links: Royals win fourth in a row, Merrifield, Rivera lead the way in Houston Daniel Lynch's bounce back has been a big win for the organization Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs defense, over analyzing, Royals future and more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

August 23, 2021  Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE in studio about the the Royals, Chiefs and College Athletics. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
Why Adalberto Mondesi can't play ... and Whit Merrifield can't not play

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 35:06


Whit Merrifield is the Royals' new iron man, breaking Alcides Escobar's club record for consecutive games played. The streak stands in contrast to the status of infielder Adalberto Mondesi, who has suffered another yet injury setback. Merrifield's streak is the leadoff topic in this episode of SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast, with beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian. Also, it's not longer a matter of when Bobby Witt Jr. will make his major-league debut this season, but if he will at all. We also discuss the recent Field of Dreams game between the Yankees and White Sox up in Iowa. Story links: Toughness and grit and grind: Why Merrifield is Royals' new iron man Royals place Greg Holland on IL and latest on Adalberto Mondesi's injury Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

August 16, 2021  Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE from St. Joseph, MO. about the Chiefs first Preseason Game, Training Camp, the Royals, and College Athletics. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
These two players' encouraging futures showcased in Royals' wild loss

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 31:38


The Royals-Yankees game on Monday was one for the books. All zeroes on the line score through six innings, and all runs for both teams every inning after that. The Yankees prevailed 8-6 in 11, blowing four leads along the way. It was a gritty effort by both teams. We talk about the game, and the emergence of starting pitcher Carols Hernandez plus several other topics, in this edition of The Star's daily sports podcast, SportsBeat KC. The show started as a SportsBeat Live stream Tuesday morning with beat wrtier Lynn Worthy, columnist Sam Mellinger and host Blair Kerkhoff. Also, why is Mike Matheny going with a six-man rotation? And although the Royals are not in the postseason hunt, some players are making strong cases to be part of this team's future. Story links: Royals rally from behind in 4 straight innings but lose in 11 to Yankees Mellinger Minutes: Nicky Lopez, Big 12 mistakes, awesome SKC and football superspreaders Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

August 9, 2021  Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE in studio about the the Royals, Chiefs and College Athletics. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
That day when the more interesting Royals game was in Papillion, Nebraska

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 40:55


On Tuesday, the Royals played at the Milwaukee Brewers. But a more interesting game happened in Papillion, Nebraska, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers. Suiting up for the Royals' Class AAA team were top Royals prospects Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto, who were called up this week from Northwest Arkansas. Daniel Lynch was the Storm Chasers' starter. In this episode of the daily SportsBeat KC podcast, Star columnist Sam Mellinger joins host Blair Kerkhoff to track the prospects' progress and expectations in their new environment. Of note, this episode was recorded right before the Royals placed starting pitchers Danny Duffy and Brady Singer on the injured list. Story links: Mellinger MInutes: Royals promote Bobby Witt Jr. and Pratto How the Royals' Nicky Lopez got his swagger back at the plate Royals' Hunter Dozier opens up about root of his issues at the plate Worthy tweet 0720 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

July 19, 2021  Nate and Leabo talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE in studio about the the Royals, NIL, Chiefs and speeding tickets. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
Why Royals took a high school draft path + HR Derby coverage irritation

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 42:12


The Royals went young and local with their first few selections in this week's major league draft, which concluded Tuesday. KC's first-round selection, left-handed pitcher Frank Mozzicato, was a surprise based on projections. But the Royals' second and fourth overall picks, Blue Valley Southwest pitcher Ben Kudrna and Park Hill catcher Carter Jensen, are fairly well known around here. What does the youthful trend signal about the Royals? In this episode of The Star's daily sports podcast, SportsBeat KC, beat writer Lynn Worthy joins columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian to discuss the draft and other events associated with All-Star week, including Salvador Perez's terrific performance in the Home Run Derby and why Royals fans were upset with ESPN's coverage. Story links: Royals fans rip ESPN for coverage of Salvador Perez at Home Run Derby Salvador Perez sets a record for catchers at Home Run Derby Royals draft Connecticut high schooler with seven pick. Here are the details Royals select local high school standouts with second and third round picks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

July 12, 2021 Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE in studio about the weekend of sports and the Royals. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
Let's talk about decisions to shake up Royals by manager Mike Matheny

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 38:07


Change has come to the Kansas City Royals. Nothing major, but manager Mike Matheny moved Jorge Soler to No. 2 in the batting order and created a hybrid responsibility for Danny Duffy. On today's SportsBeat KC, beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger break down the moves with host Blair Kerkhoff. Also, the championship round of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, provides the opportunity to discuss Vanderbilt starting pitcher Kumar Rocket, a popular choice for the Royals in mock brackets. The baseball draft starts on July 11. Story links: Emmanuel Rivera makes an immediate mark for Royals in major league debut Royals jostle lineup, batting order in hopes of igniting offense against Red Sox Mellinger Minutes: Let's have an honest conversation about the Royals. Also: nonsense Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

June 28, 2021 Nate and Leabo talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger about the Royals and SKC. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
Another Adalberto Mondesi injury (sigh). What are the Royals' options?

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 47:01


For a player who has only appeared in 10 games, we spend a lot of time talking about Adalberto Mondesi. But there's always something to say. Royals beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnist Sam Mellinger join host Blair Kerkhoff and talking about the latest setback, another oblique injury. If the Royals can't count on Mondesi, should they consider moving him from shortstop, or trading him? The conversation started on SportsBeat Live and is now a SportsBeat KC podcast. We also discuss the Royals recent decision to start Kyle Zimmer in an “opener” role, and starting pitching options for manager Mike Matheny going forward. You'll also hear from general manager Dayton Moore. Story links: Dayton Moore frustrated with Kansas City Royals. “We just haven't been healthy” The Royals and Adalberto Mondesi have the same problem. It's a tricky one Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

June 21, 2021 Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE in studio about the NBA and the Royals. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
Royals are team of the extreme and they're trending in wrong direction

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 38:20


Another slump for the Royals has them losers of nine of 10 and the latest setback was especially painful. In Monday's 10-3 to the Detroit Tigers, the Royals went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base. In all, they had 18 base runners. Beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnist Sam Mellinger join Blair Kerkhoff in breaking down the Royals and what's going wrong like the lack of clutch hitting, the inconsistency of young starting pitching and how injuries are starting to pile up. You'll also hear from Mike Matheny and Whit Merrifield from last night's game. Story links: “It's just a bad run,” Royals fall behind early to Tigers, never recover Mellinger MInutes: More normal, more Royals struggles, and we get deep Option for Royals fans who have cut the cord is advancing but it may be costly Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

June 14, 2021 Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE in studio about the NBA, Chiefs, and the Royals. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
On Kowar's debut (yikes), and another IL stint for Mondesi (sigh)

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 43:20


In his major league debut, Jackson Kowar got a out on his second pitch. After that? Oof. Kowar didn't make out of the first inning on Monday night against the Angels, and the discouraging first start is the primary topic on today's SportsBeat KC, The Star's daily sports podcast. The show, which started as a SportsBeat Live with beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian, also covers the latest on Adalberto Mondesi, who has returned to the injured list. What do make the the team's most injury-prone player who also happens to arguably be their best? ​Story links: Jackson Kowar can't make it through the first inning of his major league debut Adalberto Mondesi goes on IL after missing fourth game in a row Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

June 7, 2021 Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE in studio about the Chiefs, the Royals, and USNMT.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
Kansas City Royals’ pace is two steps forward, one (big) step back

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 39:02


The on/off Royals are on again, having won six of nine and the latest one in dramatic fashion. Carlos Santana’s walk-off two-run homer beat the Detroit Tigers on Sunday and moved the Royals to one game below .500. But look out. Next up is a trip to Tampa Bay where the Rays have won 11 straight. On today’s SportsBeat KC, Star columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian break down the latest stretch of success and look ahead to this week. Also on the topic list: The next time the Royals play at Kauffman Stadium, there will be no limited seating. It will be the first time since 2019 that every ticket will be available for purchase. Story links: Keys to the series, game times, as Royals hit the road to play Tampa Bay Rays What sports leaders, and all of us, gain by encouraging, not demanding, vaccinations Mellinger MInutes: Are the Royals back? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

May 24, 2021 Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE in studio about the Chiefs, the Royals, Phil Mickelson and Sporting KC.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
Good times, bad times for Kansas City Royals in only 40 games

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 35:13


They’ve been the best of teams, they’ve been the worst of teams. And in just 40 games. After delivering a memorable April with baseball’s base record, the Royals managed to lose 11 straight in May. But that’s over now, and it’s fair to ask which of the Royals will we see more of going forward. Beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnist Sam Mellinger answer that question and more in this episode of The Star’s daily SportsBeat KC podcast. (This particular program started as a SportsBeat Live show aired Tuesday morning.) We begin this episode by reviewing the Royals’ painful loss at the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. KC seemed poised to finish off their third victory in four games against the division leaders, only to have it slip from their grasp. Story links: Keys to the series, game times, pitching matchups as Royals host Mlwaukee Brewers for two Royals manager Mike Matheny on replay reviews: “I don’t know what they’re doing” Mellinger MInutes: Maskless at The K, Royals stabilize, Chiefs worries...and UFOs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

May 17, 2021 Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger LIVE in studio about the Chiefs, the Royals, and Sporting KC.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Border Patrol w/Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty

May 10, 2021 Steven and Nate talk to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger about the Chiefs, the struggling Royals, and Matt Besler returning home to play Sporting KC.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SportsBeat KC
Good debut for Daniel Lynch. Did right pitcher go to bullpen?

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 46:03


The Royals remain in first place in the AL Central and Daniel Lynch was encouraging in his debut in Monday’s loss to Cleveland. But the Royals have lost three of four. Have they cooled off the hot April? That’s the topic on SportsBeat KC, a conversation with beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian. The show started as a SportsBeat Live with host Blair Kerkhoff. Also, Jakob Junis went to the bullpen to make room for Lynch in the starting rotation, a move that took him by surprise and he struggled out of the pen on Monday. Hear what the group said about this development. Story links: Here’s why Daniel Lynch’s debut with the Royals reflected promise to come Why did Royals move Jakob Junis to buillpen? Here’s Mike Matheny’s explanation Daniel Lynch’s debut highlighted by this pitch in Royals’ loss to Indians Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Chiefs are on the clock ... later than others. Who will they select?

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Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 51:23


With the 58th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select... Doesn’t have the same ring to it as, say, a single-digit number. But it’s a good thing for the Chiefs. They traded out of the first round to the Baltimore Ravens to land their left tackle in Orlando Brown Jr. So unless the Chiefs trade back into the first round, Thursday they’ll sit on the sidelines and watch the others to go work. Still, there is plenty to discuss about the Chiefs and the draft and we’re doing it on today’s SportsBeat KC with Star columnist Sam Mellinger and beat writer Sam McDowell. We talk about who might be available when the Chiefs draft in the second round - they have two picks in that round - will there be a surprise player available to them? What’s been the team’s recent success in the early around, and we’ll get some final thoughts on the Brown trade. Story links: A Kansas City draft primer: Setting the table for the Chiefs, minus a first-round pick https://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article250889779.html The Chiefs fixed the offensive line. Next? Address these needs in the draft https://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article250969604.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Royals’ Matheny pushing all the right buttons, and update on Salvy’s thumb

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 37:50


Best. Record. In baseball. And not after three or four games. The Royals are 14-7, giving them a winning percentage just ahead of the Dodgers, Giants and A’s. Party like it’s 2015. On today’s SportsBeat show, KC Star columnist Sam Mellinger breaks down what’s going right and what could be better about Mike Matheny’s club, and how the second-year Royals manager is pushing all the right buttons. Also, beat writer Lynn Worthy found a moment while traveling with the team to provide an update on Salvador Perez’s thumb injury. Story links: Here’s why their fast start to this season has been crucial for the Kansas City Royals Royals begin two game set in Pittsburgh: Game times and scouting report Mellinger Minutes: Orlando Brown’s drive, Royals keep winning and staying off your phone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Royals keep up winning ways even with some underperforming

SportsBeat KC

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 37:27


Nearly 10% of the baseball season has elapsed and the Royals are in first place. It’s the latest they’ve been atop the AL Central since 2016. What’s been going right lately? Starting pitching and Salvador Perez for starters. On today’s SportsBeat KC, beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnist Sam Mellinger join host Blair Kerkhoff to discuss the Royals and wonder if they’re built to keep up these winning ways. This is happening while some key players are off to slow starts. Story links: Danny Duffy’s milestone strikeout comes in loss to the Rays Mellinger Minutes: Alex Smith’s KC legacy, Royals momentum, Britt Reid and more Salvador Perez strikes again as Royals win four-game series from Blue Jays at The K Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Royals hanging in there but need more production from starting pitching

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Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 38:26


Who’s going to be the Royals pitcher to stretch out a start? The rotation has produced fewer innings and a higher ERA than relievers for the Royals through eight games. The two starts of Brad Keller, who got the call on Opening Day, have been discouraging. In only two games, a Royals starter has pitched into the sixth inning. But enough has gone right for the Royals to split their first eight games and they continue one of their longest homestands of the season this week. Beat writer Lynn Worthy and columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian join host Blair Kerkhoff in bringing you the latest on the Royals. Story links: Royals’ Salvador Perez 1,000 career hits in loss to Angels Tribute to Yordano Ventura is profound but it’s not the only change in Danny Duffy Kyle Zimmer achieved a MLB first in the Royals’ resilient performance over the White Sox Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices