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Matt Kemp is on fire this season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping the team to a 9-1 start and putting him self ahead of his 2011 pace.
Kemp went 3-for-4 with a home run and a RBI in Sundays 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres.
Kemp leads the National League with a .487 batting average and leads the league with 6 home runs and 16 driven in runs.
ESPN.com ranked Kemp 13th for the top 500 players in baseball at the start of the season. The ranking seems a little low now that Kemp has put up better numbers at this point than he did in 2011. Kemp finished last season hitting .324 with 39 home runs and 40 steals.
As for the Dodgers, they are the only team since 1990 to start 9-1 and only the 11th team in history to do so.
The previous ten teams to go 9-1 fared like this:
2011 Rangers: 96-66, reached World Series
2009 Marlins: 87-75, missed playoffs
2003 Yankees: 101-61, reached World Series
2003 Giants: 100-61, division champs
2003 Royals: 83-79, missed playoffs
2002 Indians: 74-88, missed playoffs
1996 Orioles: 88-74, won wild card
1994 Braves: 68-46, strike season
1992 Blue Jays: 96-66, World Series champs
1990 Reds: 91-71, World Series champs
BEST OF MAXIM
MILWAUKEE - When Matt Kemp talks about his sizzling start at the plate this year, he points to the two teammates batting behind him in the Dodgers lineup: Andre Ethier and Juan Rivera.
Before the Dodgers' game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on Tuesday night, Kemp was asked whether pitchers can still throw around him, giving Kemp little to hit and possibly walking...
LOS ANGELES Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has been named National League Player of the Week for the period of April 9-15, 2012. The announcement was made earlier Monday on MLB Network.
Kemp becomes the first player to win back-to-back National League Player of the Week honors to begin a season and the first player to win the award for three consecutive weeks (dating...
The Dodgers are currently the talk of baseball thanks to their 9-1 start. Now they get a chance to walk the talk.
Former Dodger greats Tommie Davis (left) and pitcher Don Newcombe were on hand April 15th to take part in baseball's salute to Jackie Robinson. (LA Times)
Some have questioned how good the Dodgers really are since their 2012 opposition has been limited to the...
Matt Kemp has been unstoppable. The Dodgers have been too.
Leading the major leagues in all three of the triple crown categories through Sunday, Kemp became the first player ever to win consecutive National League player-of-the-week awards in the first two weeks of a season. He also claimed the prize in the final week of 2011, making him the first player to win it three weeks running...
This just in...Matt Kemp is a friggin' beast.He should have won the NL MVP last season and he's on his way to making a case for himself again this season. Kemp has hit 6 homeruns 10 through games. That's more than the Phillies, Pirates, Nationals, and Cubs. It ties him with the Reds and Padres. That means he has as many or more homeruns than 1/5 of all MLB teams. Wow...
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer At 9-1, the Los Angeles Dodgers own the top record in the majors and are off to their best start since 1981, when they won their last World Series title. With new ownership and Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier piling up hits, the bad feelings from the Frank McCourt era are beginning to fade.
The Dodgers are off to a tremendous start. Currently at 9-and-1 and with the best record in baseball, media outlets across the land are starting to dub them as the comeback team of year. Matt Kemp, who already put up incredible numbers last season, has shown no signs of coming back down to earth. Kemp has six home runs on the year -- all of which have come against the San Diego...
The Dodgers are the talk of baseball with their 9-1 start, the best record in Major League Baseball and their best start in 31 seasons.
The Dodgers beat up on the Padres (6-1 in seven games) and Pirates (three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium), two teams that combined for only a .441 winning percentage last season.
But manager Don Mattingly doesn't look at last year's records...
The Los Angeles Dodgers' third-place finish in the NL West likely played a part in Matt Kemp getting beaten out for the 2011 MVP by Ryan Braun, who led the Milwaukee Brewers to their first division title in nearly three decades.
If there was early voting for the award in 2012, Kemp would be the runaway winner after helping Los Angeles get off to its best start in 31 years.
The season is just a few weeks in but there are already some trends and numbers that should make people take notice.
1. Matt Kemp
My pre-season MVP and 2nd place finisher last year is on fire. He is batting .487 with 6 hr and 16 RBI’s through the Dodgers first ten games. In comparison, the entire Pittsburgh Pirate team has 16 RBI’s and only 4 hrs. Kemp’s fast start has LA...
Through the first ten games of the year (which by my calculations, is about 6% of the entire season), the kings of baseball reside in Los Angeles. Not in Orange County, like many expected coming into the year, but at Chavez Ravine, where the Dodgers are 9-1. Featuring stars like Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers are running roughshod on the league early on. Well...they...
Ted Lilly pitched seven innings of two-hit ball in his season debut after coming off the disabled list, Matt Kemp hit a pair of two-run homers and Andre Ethier also went deep, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
The Dodgers, who had to win 25 of their final 35 games last season just to finish three games above .500, are off...
Albert Pujols is atop the GMs' list of Top 50 Major League Baseball Players. then Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander. CineSport's Noah Coslov and Sporting News' Stan McNeal discuss.