Monday, April 16, 2012

Matt Kemp is good at baseball

I'm going to be 100 percent honest: I was slightly worried Matt Kemp wouldn't be as good this season as he was last season. I'm not talking about a 2010 regression, but that voice in the back of my mind wouldn't let me just enjoy what I saw last season and look forward to it happening again and again.

So here we are, 10 games in and Kemp is on pace to hit 97 home runs. And before Sunday's unfortunate (but not really because Orlando Hudson was in perfect position up the middle) double play, Kemp was hitting .500. Not his on-base percentage or his slugging percentage, but he was averaging one hit every two at-bats.

I guess any concerns I had can STFU and GTFO (yay acronyms!).

Now I will say, Kemp has done his damage against the Padres and Pirates (mostly against San Diego, clubbing all six of his home runs against them), but something has to be said for a guy completely dominating a baseball game. He's Albert Pujols in his prime good right now. He's 2001 and 2004 Barry Bonds (ugh) good right now. He's the best baseball player on the planet and should be announced as the National League's Player of the Week for a second time in as many weeks later today.

Kemp's fast start is something to marvel at. He's leading the majors in the following categories: runs scored, hits, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+ and total bases.

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That's a lot of italicized numbers on his Baseball-Reference page.

Yes, Kemp needs to show he wasn't just beating up on bottom-feeders. But if one's going to beat up on bottom-feeders, he might as well do it the way Kemp's done it thus far.

The Dodgers play Milwaukee this week and face Yovani Gallardo and Zack Greinke. If Kemp doesn't mash against these guys, it doesn't mean his start is a fluke; it just means he's human. And despite his out-of-this-world start, he is just that -- human.

Photo credit: SD Dirk, Flickr


  1. Hey, that was my facebook status yesterday, I want royalties!

  2. For Dodger fans' perspective of yesterday's game please check out my Dodgers blog at Play, Matt Kemp, SkinnySwag, bad McCourt memories and more. You will not be disappointed.