Matt Kemp finished second in the National League Most Valuable Player Award balloting in 2011, and the way he has started 2012 makes it seem like there could be no other choice for the award this season.
Through 10 games, Kemp is hitting .487 (19-for-39) with a major league leading six home runs, 16 RBI, and 12 runs scored. His slugging percentage is so high (1.026) that he singled on Sunday and his slugging percentage went down.
"Right now, he's just a beast," said manager Don Mattingly. "I still feel like he's getting better, and that's kind of scary for a lot of people. As he gets the strike zone, and gets the feel, and keeps consistently doing what he's doing, the sky is the limit for him."
Kemp joined Don Demeter (1959) and Wally Moon (1961) as the only Los Angeles Dodgers to hit six home runs in the team's first 10 games. Kemp hears chants of "M-V-P" from his home crowd and occasionally on the road, like the first weekend of the season at Petco Park in San Diego.