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Matt Kemp Is Off To A Great Start This Season

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Matt Kemp can book a room for an extended stay in Phoenix in July.
Matt Kemp can book a room for an extended stay in Phoenix in July.

Matt Kemp is going to make the All-Star team this season. He leads the Dodgers in games played (59), plate appearances (248), at-bats (217), runs scored (36), hits (69), home runs (15), RBI (46), stolen bases (14), slugging percentage (.576), and OPS (.971). He is merely second in doubles (11), walks (27), batting average (.318), and on-base percentage (.395).

In addition to being on pace for 41 home runs and 38 stolen bases, he is off to one of the best starts ever by an LA Dodger in the traditional stats (thanks as always to the great Baseball-Reference.com):

Most Home Runs Through 59 Games, LA Dodgers
Player Year HR Season
Raul Mondesi 1999 19 33
Eric Karros 2000 17 31
Jimmy Wynn 1974 17 32
Gary Sheffield 2000 17 43
Matt Kemp 2011 15 ???
Shawn Green 2001 15 49*
Mike Marshall 1986 15 19
Adrian Beltre 2004 15 48
Davey Lopes 1979 15 28
*Dodgers record

 

Most Runs Batted In Through 59 Games, LA Dodgers
Player Year RBI Season
Tommy Davis 1962 60 153*
Eric Karros 2000 55 106
Mike Piazza 1994 54 92**
Jimmy Wynn 1974 52 108
Ron Cey 1977 52 110
Steve Garvey 1974 51 111
Gary Sheffield 2000 49 109
Jeff Kent 2005 49 105
Steve Garvey 1977 49 115
Raul Mondesi 1999 48 99
Shawn Green 2001 48 125
Matt Kemp 2011 46 ???
Joe Ferguson 1973 46 88
*Dodgers record; **strike-shortened year

Today's game against the Reds will be Kemp's 264th consecutive game played this season, the longest active streak in MLB.

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Today's Game: Chad Billingsley vs. Travis Wood

Game Time: 10:10 a.m.

TV: KCAL

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