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Game 146, technically: Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals GameThread

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The game that isn't a game yet looms over the Royals' record

A love story.
A love story.
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals have completed 144 games this season despite participating for more than 9 innings in another game, though my definition of "participating" is loose. The Royals will probably lose that game on September 22nd. This is really game 146; I shall refer to it as such.

After a showing of baserunning ineptitude and defensive miscues, Big Game James (are we tired of that yet?) played the role of Tourniquet Man in last night's victory. The bleeding stopped in spectacular fashion as the Royals prepare to take on some strange version of the Red Sox, hereforeto referred as the Beantown Maroon Footwear. Mired in another losing season, the Maroon 9 have removed their business socks and stowed them for the season. In a small way, it doesn't feel like they've won the World Series even though they did in a very real, factually historic way win the World Series.

The Royals, thankfully, won't be taking their airballs to the Green Monster. I think the Royals wanted to avoid Danger Ox shaming the Green Monster into becoming that cute little green thing from Cut the Rope. Liam Hendriks faces Clay Buchholz tonight in crappy weather.

Buchholz hasn't been particularly good this year (5.29 ERA, 4.05 FIP), so hopefully the bats will wake up. I don't want to see Jarrod Dyson get picked off again in an obvious late-game high-leverage double-steal situation. Hendriks had a nice spot start earlier; repeating it would be greater than or equal to nice. I like guys with middling stuff who outperform expectations (Tanner Roark in particular). Hendriks doesn't have velocity, but he could outperform!

Avoid all the pumpkin crap now invading your liquids since apparently it's Fall now. Or don't. I don't care. I like pumpkin pie, though.