I freely admit to being part of Team Pickering back then so it should shock no one that I'm a Kila supporter now. Pickering has long been used as a comp by those who say Kila is just a 4A player, this annoys me because, again, Pick got just 31 PAs in 2005 and because I'm somewhat concerned that they may be right. That Pickering and Kila's career numbers are nearly identical does nothing to alleviate those fears. Actually that's not entirely true, Pick's numbers are a little better.
I'm not ready to give up on Kila yet though and I hope the Royals aren't either. One thing he has going for him is that he's the teams best defensive first baseman, so unless they plan on moving Gordon there the defense will take a hit. I just don't think Yost wants Butler out there everyday so I suspect Kila has at least another month to get his mojo back. And if he can't then plan B is a hell of a lot better than Ken Harvey, of course I'm referring to Omaha's hot hitting
So yeah, I still believe in the big guy but I think he does need to move down in the batting order. He's been batting fifth all year and it's clearly not working. I'd move Betemit to fifth and keep him there until Kila gets going or is gone and the Hosmer era begins.