Matt Kemp, Dodgers Look To End Superb April On High Note

Matt Kemp has had himself quite a month.

Aaron Harang looks for his third consecutive quality start Monday night, and the seventh straight by a Dodgers starter as the club opens a three-game set against the Rockies at Coors Field. Harang will have to deal with a hot Colorado outfielder, as Carlos Gonzalez has been on fire for the last week, hitting .391/.481/.913 with four home runs and 11 RBI over the last six games, a downright Kempian hot streak.

Matt Kemp is hitting .425/.495/.888 for the season, and unless he goes 0-for-6 Monday night he will become the 31st Los Angeles Dodger to hit .400 in a single month (minimum 50 plate appearances).

Player Month At-Bats Hits Avg
Andre Ethier Sep 2008 78 36 .462
Pedro Guerrero Jul 1985 63 29 .460
Willie Davis Aug 1969 109 50 .459
Andre Ethier May 2010 53 24 .453
Jeff Kent Jul 2007 76 34 .447
Bob Lillis Sep 1958 61 27 .443
Brett Butler Jul 1992 95 42 .442
James Loney Jun 2007 50 22 .440
Bill Buckner Jul 1972 57 25 .439
Jim Gilliam Jun 1959 109 47 .431
Mike Piazza Jun 1997 109 47 .431
Steve Garvey Sep 1978 107 46 .430
Ted Sizemore Aug 1970 98 42 .429
Matt Kemp Apr 2012 80 34 .425
Ron Cey Apr 1977 73 31 .425
Aaron Miles Jun 2011 62 26 .419
Wally Moon Apr 1961 60 25 .417
Paul LoDuca Apr 2004 77 32 .416
Manny Ramirez Aug 2008 106 44 .415
Pedro Guerrero Jul 1987 82 34 .415
Manny Ramirez Apr 2010 41 17 .415
Pedro Guerrero Sep 1987 99 41 .414
Delino DeShields Aug 1995 51 21 .412
Eddie Murray Sep 1990 112 46 .411
Wes Parker Jul 1970 95 39 .411
Norm Larker Jul 1958 78 32 .410
Mike Piazza Sep 1997 96 39 .406
Willie Crawford May 1973 94 38 .404
Mike Scioscia Apr 1988 52 21 .404
Stan Javier Jun 1990 65 26 .400
Mike Piazza Aug 1995 115 46 .400
March counted in April; October in September

Kemp has to go 6-for-6 Monday night to pass Andre Ethier for the top monthly batting average since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958.

Roster Move

After percolating for an extra day, Todd Coffey was activated from the disabled list before tonight's game in Colorado.

Starting Lineups

Still to Juan Rivera in the starting lineup tonight, which is probably for the best considering Tony Gwynn Jr. is more suited to cover the gigantic left field at Coors.

Dodgers Rockies
SS Gordon 2B Scutaro
2B Ellis 3B Herrera
CF Kemp LF Gonzalez
RF Ethier SS Tulowitzki
1B Loney 1B Helton
3B Uribe C Hernandez
LF Gwynn RF Colvin
C Ellis CF Fowler
P Harang P Nicasio

Game Time: 5:40 p.m.

TV: KCAL

MLB Gameday

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