Series Preview: Kansas City Royals

New York Mets Photo Day

The time has finally come! After what seems like an endless Spring Training this year, Opening Day has arrived with a rematch of last year’s World Series.


Final roster cuts: Jim Henderson’s contract was officially selected, as he’ll make the bullpen and pitch for the first time in the MLB since 2014. Logan Verrett also make the big league squad as long man in the pen. This of course meant that Eric Goeddel and Sean Gilmartin were optioned to Las Vegas.

On the position player side, with Asdrubel Cabrera close enough to full strength for the Mets’ comfort level, Matt Reynolds was also optioned to Triple A, meaning Eric Cambell had earned a bench role for the Mets. Although there were murmurs of trying to get Kevin Plawecki more reps in the minors, he will serve as backup to Travis D’Arnaud, with Johnny Monell headed to Vegas.

Royals still beefin’: According to vague “industry insiders,” Royals players are still looking for payback for Noah Syndergaard’s brush back in Game 3 of the World Series. They know the DH means Noah’s not coming up to bat, right?

Harvey ready to go despite scare: A blood clot issue made Mets fans hold their breath briefly, with Matt Harvey’s availability for the beginning of the year in question. After being given the all-clear, to the displeasure of Harvey, the media had a bit of a field day with, well, toilet humor.

eatitkcKnow Your Foe

Our very first Q&A comes from Shanley of Eat It Kansas City. Shanley’s been reviewing local food and drink in KC for five years, and has a knack for making everything she photographs look delicious.

You’ve featured a few tasty brews on your blog. Do you have a go-to beer of choice? Perhaps a favorite food and beer combo that you’ve experienced in your journey through KC’s culinary offerings?

I’m a big fan of Torn Labels Monk & Honey (a Belgian Pale Ale) paired with a slice of Grinders “Phats” pizza (pesto sauce with smoked salmon, capers and cream cheese).

Any interesting takeaways or recurring themes that you’ve noticed over such a large, diverse sampling of food you’ve tried over the past five years?

I’ve watched our food and drink scene grow tremendously over the last 5 years. From James Beard award winning chefs to nationally recognized bars and restaurants, Kansas City has become a true food and drink destination. We’re no longer trying to keep up with the trends, we’re creating them. And we’re becoming known for more than good barbecue.

Have you noticed a change in tone for the city after the Royals won the World Series this past year?

I’ve never seen Kansas City so proud, so united and so fired up as I did this last fall during the World Series. The air felt electric – the excitement was that palpable.

Any good recommendations for day of game food and drink for Royals fans? 

Game day food and drink for me: the Z-Man sandwich from Joe’s Kansas City and a Boulevard Wheat. At the game, they have some brand new food options at the stadium this year I have yet to try but they all look incredible – tempura hamburger, Jamaican jerk sandwich and more.
Thanks again to Shanley! Go check out her blog for all the latest on KC’s eateries if you’re in the area, or if you’re abroad, check out her wealth of recipes that look mouth-wateringly delicious.

Standings & Probables

Mets 0-0 .000
Nationals 0-0 .000
Braves 0-0 .000
Marlins 0-0 .000
Phillies 0-0 .000

Sunday April 3rd Matt Harvey (0-0 0.00 ERA) vs. Edinson Volquez (0-0 0.00 ERA)

Tuesday April 5th Noah Syndergaard (0-0 0.00 ERA) vs. Ian Kennedy (0-0 0.00 ERA)

Beer From the Bad Guys

Boulevard Brewing Co. Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Boulevard is easily the most well known brewery from Kansas City, and where better to start the year than their staple, Tank 7.

Tank 7 is a fine example of an “American” (read:hoppy) farmhouse ale. Usually, you’ll find farmhouse/saison ABVs coming in around 4-6%, but Tank 7’s extra hops push it to a hearty 8.5%. Unsurprisingly, there’s a peppery zing of Bravo and Citra hops that pair nicely with the Belgian yeast and light malt base.tank7

Scouting Report (20-80 scale)

See        60

Smell      70

Taste      65

Feel         60

Overall     60

Tank 7 is the best of both worlds. You’re able to enjoy the easy drinking grassy, herbal characteristics of a farmhouse ale, with an amped up kick of hops that manages to complement the style.


As a final note – I happened to utilize Tank 7 in our Twitter countdown to Spring Training, so it seems appropriate to repost. LGM!



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