Matt Kemp & The Fastest Dodgers To 10 Home Runs

No Dodger has hit 10 home runs faster than Matt Kemp in 2012.

Matt Kemp's home run on Wednesday against the Braves made him the fastest to 10 home runs in Dodgers franchise history. Kemp needed just 19 team games to reach double figures, beating Roy Campanella (1953) by two games. There have been nine players in Dodgers history to hit 10 home runs by game number 30:

Fastest To 10 Home Runs, Dodgers History
Player Year Games To 10 Season HR
Matt Kemp 2012 19 TBD
Roy Campanella 1953 21 41
Gary Sheffield 2000 24 43
Frank Howard 1964 25 24
Ron Cey 1977 25 30
Gil Hodges 1951 26 40
Duke Snider 1955 28 43
Wally Moon 1961 28 17
Andre Ethier 2010 28 23

Hodges hit two home runs in that 26th game in 1951 to give him 11 on the season at that point. Hodges is the fastest Dodger to 20 home runs, needing 53 team games that same season.

Kemp has four more games to break his tie with Gary Sheffield (2000) for the most home runs in April in Dodgers history.

Thanks as always to the great Baseball-Reference.com.

Tonight's Pitching Matchup

The teams with the two best records in the National League face off tonight at Dodger Stadium, as the Nationals (14-5) come to town to face the Dodgers (13-6). Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers, with five days rest after striking out nine in seven scoreless innings in Houston on Saturday.

Kershaw's ERA is 1.61, which is more than a run worse than Ross Detwiler, who will start for the Nationals. Detwiler has allowed one earned run in three starts though it should be noted he has also allowed four unearned runs, and those count too. But the Nationals starting staff has been superb thus far this season, with three home runs allowed in 117 1/3 innings, with 25 walks and 109 strikeouts and a 1.61 ERA.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday

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