After being snubbed of the MVP award last spring, Matt Kemp seems to be a man on a mission. Although the season is still mighty young it’s hard to not notice the enormous production the young left fielder is contributing for the Dodgers and how fast he has become one of the game’s elite talents. In just 10 games this year Kemp already has 6 home runs and 15 RBI to go along with an absurd .457 Batting Average. Those numbers are good enough to have him at the forefront of the triple crown race, for the time being.
This is nothing new for Matt Kemp as last season he was in the thick of winning that very illusive award, but he could not hold on in the batting average category, yet was still able to lead the league in home runs, RBI, Runs and Total Bases. It was quite a campaign for the 27 year older. His lightning fast start to this season is showing all that production last season was not an anomaly but merely a coming out party for Kemp, and that’s something Los Angeles fans will get to celebrate for hopefully the next decade.
Kemp not winning the MVP award last season could actually turn out to be the greatest thing that ever happened to the guy as it can now serve as inspiration for this year’s season and those to come. Although he played great last year it was not enough to be called the best player, leaving room to grow and get better. All the while this season the Dodgers, who were irrelevant last year, are off to a 9-1 start which has them sitting pretty atop the NL West. The 6 game win streak they are currently riding, due largely to Kemp’s efforts, have people wondering if Los Angeles is a true contender this season. My view on that matter is that some players are able to take a team on their backs for a stretch of 5-10 games, some great players can do that for 15-20 games and really will their team to win, but not many players can do that for an entire season. That is even more prevalent of a truth in baseball as the 162 game season takes its toll on all players. This season will be very telling of just how good Matt Kemp really is and if he can produce like he did last year; he may be able to carry his team into contention.
The Dodgers core of Matt Kemp and Young Ace Clayton Kershaw, who won the NL Cy Young last season, has given life to a team that has battled with ownership troubles. The purchase of the team by legendary Basketball Player Magic Johnson has some concerned with his qualifications regarding baseball, but nevertheless the team is winning (for the time being). Fans should rest easy knowing they have Matt Kemp for at least 8 seasons (as he signed a 8 year, $160 million contract this offseason), in which I figure him to become, if he isn’t already, the premier all around player in the league. I compare his game a lot to the likes of an Alex Rodriguez in the sense that he can hurt you in every aspect of the game. He can field the ball, he can make throws, he can hit for power and contact and he can run. He’s the epitome of a five tool player and a special one at that, maybe one special enough to bring a title back to the Dodgers. Times are exciting in Los Angeles, and the MVP watch is in full effect.
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