Matt Kemp has just been ridiculous in the early going this season. He is putting up video game numbers, and is currently hitting .481/.525/1.000 so far this year. Will Kemp continue to have a .514 batting average on balls in play? No, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy this crazy ride.
Kemp is at or near the top of several Los Angeles Dodgers records through the first 14 games of the season. Kemp has...
- Eight home runs, tied with Wally Moon in 1961.
- 26 hits, trailing only Eric Karros, who had 28 hits in 1995 as he hit .475/.523/.712 through the first 14 games.
- 20 RBI, the same as he had in 2010 as did Tommy Davis in 1962. Ron Cey had 22 RBI through 14 games in 1977.
- 16 runs, the same as Raul Mondesi in 1995, two fewer than Reggie Smith in 1977 and Jeff Kent in 2005. Kemp has the record with 19 runs through 14 games in 2010.
Kemp is hitting .400 over his last 36 games, hitting .400/.442/.807 dating back to last September 6.
Kemp is averaging an RBI per game over his last 73 games, with 17 doubles, 23 home runs, 70 runs, and 73 RBI dating back to last July 26.
Kemp has 201 hits, 45 home runs, 120 runs, and 138 RBI over his last 162 games, hitting .329/.399/.615.
Kemp is 12-for-17 against left-handed pitchers this season with four home runs and two walks, hitting .706/.737/1.471 against southpaws.
Manny Ramirez captured our imagination after joining the Dodgers at the 2008 trade deadline with a ridiculous 53-game stretch run of .396/.489/.743 with 17 home runs, 53 RBI, and 36 runs. Over his last 53 games, Kemp has essentially replicated Manny, hitting .375/.445/.721 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, and 55 runs.
Kemp's career slugging percentage entering this season was .4962. Now, 14 games later, it is .5055.