Kendall hit for a .271/.333/.320 line in 340 plate appearances prior to the first half, which is in line with his previous years. However, in the second half, he's slipped to .222/.293/.247 in 93 PAs. For a 36-year-old playing this often, that's a rather predictable falloff.
That's why backup Brayan Pena (pictured) is going to start getting some time, manager Ned Yost tells the Kansas City Star . Pena has just 59 plate appearances on the season, hitting for a lousy .173/.254/.212 as a 28-year-old. Last season, he hit .273/.318/.442 in 183 trips to the plate.
"I want to give Brayan a better look than we’ve given him," Yost said. "He’s really worked his tail off. He’s done a great job. He’s had eight starts [at catcher before Wednesday], and I’m going to try to give him 15 between now and the end of the year at least."If it's exactly 15, that means Kendall will play in about 74 percent of Royals games the rest of the way.
-- Evan Brunell
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