Matt Kemp opened his 2012 campaign very much like a repeat of 2011. The All-Star center fielder hit a pair of home runs in San Diego and narrowly missed a third, and drove in eight runs in four games at Petco Park. On Monday, Kemp was named the National League Player of the Week.
It was the third time in Kemp's career that he has won the weekly award, and technically the second straight week he has done so, as he captured the final honor of 2011, hitting .423 with three home runs, nine runs, and seven RBI from September 19-25 last year.
Kemp also won the award for the week of April 28 - May 4, 2008.
During the first four games of the season, Kemp hit .412/.389/.824 with two home runs. He led or tied for the major league lead with six runs, eight RBI (tied with teammate Andre Ethier), and 14 total bases.
"I'm feeling good right now," Kemp said on Sunday. "Hopefully I can continue to hit the ball like I have these last four days, and we'll see what happens."
Kemp has an active 16-game hitting streak, dating back to last season, during which he is hitting .426/.444/.882 (29-for-68) with eight home runs, 22 runs scored, and 24 RBI.