jefferey13 wrote:NikkiSixx wrote:Ender wrote:
I agree he should be the #1 pick but he has faced some of the worst pitching of any player so far this season, I would expect major regression from most of the Dodgers going forward.
Ok, well so has the rest of that Dodgers lineup, yet Kemp is the only hitting over .300 (and he's hitting .487, actually). Will the 9-1 Dodgers keep this pace up as a team? Of course not, nobody wins 90 percent of their games. Right now Kemp is carrying the team on his shoulders, and he is the hottest hitter in the league right now.
Kershaw is hitting .333, so I don't know what you're talking about haha! But honestly, to say he is carrying the team is a stretch. First off Ethier has the 2nd most RBIS in the MLB and that's hitting behind who Kemp who is already cleaning them all up. Mark Ellis while not hitting great has an OBP of .366, which has allowed him to score 10 times in front Kemp. Also the other Ellis- AJ, is doing a very nice job of getting on base too. Over .400, this is awesome because it allows the pitcher to bat and the dodgers to start fresh the next inning. Also don't forget about Guerra, leads in saves and hasn't allowed a run.
On to those who say Kemps numbers are less amazing because of who he is playing, that in no way accounts for his HR's. He he has hit all of his MLB leading 6 HR's in dodger stadium and petco. We're not talking some little league yankee stadium here. These are two of the toughest stadiums in baseball. Don't downplay what he has done.
Javy Guerra having 5 saves (and a win today) actually proves my point even further (And they had a close win when Kenley Jansen blew a save too). Thats 7 games right there that the Dodgers won by 3 runs or less. Matt Kemp all by himself this season has turned probable close losses, into close wins. And Ethier probably only has half the RBI total if Kemp isnt batting in front of him.
Now I'm not saying the Dodgers would have lost all 7 of those close games if Kemp wasnt there. But I'm willing to bet they would have lost 3 or 4 of them at least.