Originally posted on Next Impulse Sports  |  Last updated 9/30/13
And just like that, a contender has lost one of its main ingredients.  The piece of accoutrement in this situation is personified by Matt Kemp, who can no longer be found on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ egg salad sandwich. Injured for most of the year for various reasons – including 52 games over the last 2 months for this particular ankle injury – Matt Kemp could have provided some necessary pop and defensive help in the outfield, especially now that Andre Ethier may not play at all in the first round Divisional Series versus the Atlanta Braves.  Kemp, who is an annual 30/30 threat, should be back to full strength by Spring Training in 2014.  However, that doesn’t mean the Dodgers couldn’t use him now.  If Kemp and Ethier are both missing from the lineup, that will place a lot of pressure on Adrian Gonzalez, rookie Yasiel Puig and often-injured Hanley Ramirez to not only keep performing but also at a high level.  It’s not like Scott Van Slyke, Mark Ellis, and Michael Young are going to be providing much. Of course, any team that has Clayton Kershaw potentially pitching twice in a 5-game series shouldn’t need much help.  Throw in Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Ricky Nolasco – and the old addage that “pitching wins you championships” – and the Dodgers shouldn’t sweat this news too much.  But, over the course of the playoffs, any additional help is nice and we know that won’t be coming from Kemp for the remainder of the season. [YouTube, LA Times, ESPN] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
The Weirdest Trade In Baseball History
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kelce blasts ref for holding call during 2-pt conversion

Top 10 takeaways from NFL Divisional Playoffs

WATCH: Cook gets both feet in on amazing catch, Crosby kicks Packers into NFC title game

WATCH: Jason Witten catches first career playoff TD

Carroll dismisses notion that Hawks' title window is closing

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Packers DB destroys Cole Beasley with big hit

Aikman adds to Cowboys' QB conflict with Romo praise

Report: Packers hopeful Nelson could play next week

Jadeveon Clowney: Texans rattled Tom Brady

Report: Chip Kelly interviewed for Jags head coaching job

Report: Antonio Brown could become NFL's highest-paid WR

Best of Yardbarker: How to hop on NFL playoff bandwagons

Everything sports fans need to know about the Nintendo Switch

TailGreater: Picking the NFL divisional round games by hometown brews

The sports classic horror villains would play

Guilt-free guide to NFL playoff bandwagon fun

Box Score 1/13: Warming up for the playoff weekend

Complicated feelings for Tyreek Hill, others as playoffs progress

NFL Divisional Round watchablity index

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

A statistical look at the 56 years the Chargers spent in San Diego

Eight most disappointing NBA developments at midway point

Box Score 1/12: Everyone is moving to LA again

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: How to hop on NFL playoff bandwagons

Everything sports fans need to know about the Nintendo Switch

The sports classic horror villains would play

Complicated feelings for Tyreek Hill and others as playoffs progress

NFL Divisional Round watchablity index

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

QUIZ: Name the 12 members of the San Diego Chargers in the NFL Hall of Fame

NBA referee hotline bling: Green reaches out to touch somebody

TailGreater: Picking the NFL divisional round games by hometown brews

Guilt-free guide to NFL playoff bandwagon fun

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker