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Matt Kemp Has 20/20 Vision

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He didn't score or drive in a run during the three games in Washington DC -- hardly any Dodgers did -- but Matt Kemp is still having an amazing April.  He is hitting .316/.379/.645 through the first 18 games of the season, with seven home runs.  Also, when he touched home plate in the third inning Thursday in Cincinnati, Kemp became the 52nd Los Angeles Dodger to both score and drive in 20 runs in a single month.

Kemp joins Tim Wallach (in 1994) as the only LA Dodger to accomplish the 20/20 feat in April, which is understandably rare since the season used to start much later in the month than it does today.

LA Dodger 20/20 Aprils
Player Year Gms Runs RBI
Tim Wallach   
1994 23 21 23
Matt Kemp 2010 18 20 20

There are still five scheduled games left in the month for the Dodgers, weather permitting of course.  Kemp still has a chance to join a more exclusive company, the 25/25 club:

LA Dodger 25/25 Months
Player Month Gms Runs RBI
Tommy Davis May 1962 28 25 25
Tommy Davis July 1962 26 26 25
Pedro Guerrero June 1985 25 27 26
Mike Marshall Sep/Oct 1985 35 26 37
Gary Sheffield June 2000 28 25 30
Nomar Garciaparra May 2006 28 25 28
  • Tommy Davis had a hell of a year in 1962, winning a batting title while driving in a club record 153 runs.  His worst RBI month that year was the paltry 22 he drove in during August. 
  • Everybody remembers Guerrero's historic 15-homer June. 
  • For purposes of classification, March games count in April and October games count in September.  Marshall in 1985 scored 24 runs and drove in 30 during his 30 games during the month of September
  • Sheffield was as good a hitter to ever wear a Dodger uniform. 
  • Who can forget how hot Nomar was during the first half of 2006?

This is the second 20/20 month for Kemp, who scored 22 runs and drove in 27 last August.  There have been just nine LA Dodgers to reach the 20/20 club more than once:

LA Dodgers w/Multiple 20/20 Months
Player Months
Willie Davis 6
Shawn Green 6
Mike Piazza 5
Steve Garvey 4
Gary Sheffield 4
Tommy Davis 3
Raul Mondesi 3
Pedro Guerrero 2
Matt Kemp 2

Willie Davis and Shawn Green lead the pack with six 20/20 months.  Green is the only LA Dodger to have three such months in a row.  From June to August 2001, Green scored 65 and drove in 70 runs in an 82-game stretch.

Here is the full list of 20/20 months in LA Dodger history:

LA Dodger 20/20 Months
Player Month Runs RBI
Charlie Neal Jun 1959 20 20
Willie Davis May 1961 20 22
Wally Moon Sep 1961 20 22
Tommy Davis May 1962 25 25
Tommy Davis Jul 1962 26 25
Willie Davis Jul 1962 25 23
Frank Howard Jul 1962 22 41
Willie Davis Aug 1962 20 24
Tommy Davis Sep 1962 22 25
Willie Davis May 1970 21 24
Billy Grabarkewitz May 1970 20 24
Willie Davis Jul 1970 22 22
Ron Cey May 1973 20 22
Willie Crawford May 1973 21 20
Joe Ferguson May 1973 21 27
Willie Davis Jun 1973 22 20
Steve Garvey May 1974 20 26
Jimmy Wynn May 1974 21 21
Dusty Baker Sep 1977 24 25
Steve Garvey Jun 1978 20 20
Reggie Smith Jul 1978 20 22
Steve Garvey Aug 1979 21 20
Steve Garvey May 1981 20 22
Pedro Guerrero Aug 1982 22 21
Pedro Guerrero Jun 1985 27 26
Mike Marshall Sep 1985 26 37
Kal Daniels Sep 1990 20 31
Tim Wallach Apr 1994 21 23
Mike Piazza Jun 1994 20 28
Mike Piazza Jun 1995 20 23
Mike Piazza Aug 1995 24 25
Raul Mondesi Sep 1996 20 20
Eric Karros Jun 1997 21 25
Mike Piazza Jun 1997 23 25
Mike Piazza Aug 1997 24 27
Raul Mondesi Jul 1998 24 23
Raul Mondesi May 1999 21 27
Gary Sheffield May 1999 23 20
Gary Sheffield Sep 1999 22 22
Shawn Green May 2000 25 24
Gary Sheffield Jun 2000 25 30
Shawn Green Jun 2001 22 23
Shawn Green Jul 2001 21 22
Shawn Green Aug 2001 22 25
Gary Sheffield Aug 2001 21 27
Shawn Green May 2002 21 22
Shawn Green Jun 2002 27 24
Adrian Beltre Aug 2004 28 24
Nomar Garciaparra May 2006 25 28
Manny Ramirez Aug 2008 21 25
Matt Kemp Aug 2009 22 27
Matt Kemp Apr 2010 20 20