Originally posted on Dodgers Digest  |  Last updated 7/29/14
There is no player more polarizing on the Dodgers than Matt Kemp. Recently, as Kemp trade rumors have (predictably) started to get louder, there have been a large variety of reactions. There’s one thing that comes up frequently in our comment section, on twitter, and around the internet which I want to address, though. You can say all you want about Kemp’s defense, but Matt Kemp’s offense is not the problem. Last year, Kemp had a significant down season, posting a .316 wOBA. That was still slightly above the major league average, but well below his career levels. After a shoulder injury and hamstring problems, perhaps this should have been expected. This year, in spite of Kemp’s ankle injury, projection systems expected a rebound. ZiPS projected a .342 wOBA, and Steamer projected a .347 wOBA. As of today, Matt Kemp has a .342 wOBA in 2014, matching the ZiPS projection precisely. This season, Kemp has a 122 wRC+, meaning that he is hitting 22% better than a league-average player. Tha...
PLAYERS: Matt Kemp
TEAMS: Los Angeles Dodgers
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