Kemp went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in Monday's 4-1 win over the Angels. Kemp walked his first time up and later reached on a bunt single before stealing his fifth bag of the year. The 29-year-old hit well for the majority of June, but he started to tail off toward the end of the month and is slashing just .120/.286/.160 with six hits, one RBI, two runs scored and a 9:15 BB:K over 18 games since June 25. Kemp may no longer be an everyday player with Mark Canha having come back from the 10-day injured list over the weekend.
Kemp is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Cleveland. Two of Kemp, Seth Brown and Stephen Piscotty have typically manned the corner-outfield spots for the Athletics of late, but Mark Canha's return from the injured list will leave only one opening in Oakland's regular outfield moving forward. Kemp and Piscotty will be the odd men out Sunday, as Brown sticks in the lineup in right field as Oakland's No. 9 hitter.
Kemp is not starting Sunday's series finale against the Rangers. Hitless in five straight games and seven of the last eight, Kemp takes a seat with lefty Kolby Allard on the mound for Texas. He has hit just .220 in 50 at-bats against left-handed pitching in 2021. Jacob Wilson will play left field and bat eighth Sunday.
Kemp is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Astros and lefty Framber Valdez, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Kemp's strong month of June helped him get more time against left-handed starters, but he'll take a seat against Valdez to start the series. Chad Pinder, Ramon Laureano and Stephen Piscotty will fill the outfield from left to right Tuesday.
Kemp is the leading candidate to handle leadoff duties against right-handed pitching while Mark Canha (hip) is on the injured list, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. The lefty-swinging Kemp has been on a surge at the plate, as he extended his on-base streak to 14 games by drawing a walk in Friday's loss to the Giants. He's also been highly successful in his limited opportunities at the top of the order this season, forging a .474 average and .521 wOBA across 26 PA in that spot. More chances atop the order could increase Kemp's run-scoring opportunities if he continues to get on base at a similar clip.
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