Originally written on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 4/16/12
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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.

Series Recap

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

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