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We all know that MVP races often come down to the final weeks of the season. Who performs well in crunch time usually plays a large role in the decisions of voters.
Nonetheless, speculation is always fun. And with just two and a half months left in the regular season, the race certainly has been narrowed down.
So like I did when I broke down the AL MVP race, I’ll rank ‘em in the NL, this time from bottom on up.
Luckily for me, there’s only eight guys I believe to still be in the race.
8. Matt Kemp
Early in the year, the LA star was the favorite for the award. But a couple of injuries later, his Dodgers have slipped out of first place and his numbers are no longer ahead of the pack.
It’s always disappointing to see injuries slow one of the league’s best; in Kemp’s case, the best. But I put him on this list because I do think he still has a small chance.
Hitting .354 with 13 HR and 31 RBI, his numbers are still better than most, and actually on par in some ways with some of the othe...
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It’s a good thing the Los Angeles Lakers effort to obtain center Dwight Howard is dominating the headlines. The news is allowing the Dodgers to sneak out of town after a home stand in which they stunk up Los Angeles worse than the smog.
Matt Kemp’s 12th inning “walk off” home run versus the Phillies Wednesday afternoon was one of the few highlights Dodgers fans witnessed...
LOS ANGELES With one ferocious swing, Matt Kemp erased all of the frustration that had built up in him since his amazing start this season was curtailed by a damaged hamstring. At least it looked that way.
"Well, I'm not sure about that," said a smiling Kemp, whose two-run, 419 foot blast into the right field stands off Jonathan Papelbon gave the Dodgers a 5-3, 12...
Matt Kemp is giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a much-needed lift.
The New York Mets could certainly use one to avoid spiraling out of the NL East race.
Kemp looks to lead the Dodgers to their third straight win as they continue this three-game series against the struggling Mets on Saturday.
In six games since returning from a hamstring injury that sidelined him six weeks, Kemp is...
Since Matt Kemp returned to the Dodgers' lineup on Friday against the Padres, he's been pretty good....but, he hasn't been the Matt Kemp that dominated the National League in the month of April. Going into Wednesday's game against the Phillies, Kemp had just one extra base hit, a double, in four games since his return. On Wednesday, Kemp stepped up to the...
Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.
Rookie left-hander Jake Diekman (2-0) walked Mark Ellis with one out and Kemp drove a 1-0 pitch the other way into the pavilion seats in right-center for his 13th home run and sixth career walkoff homer, capping the 4-hour, 25-minute marathon...
So Matt Kemp won the game for the Dodgers yesterday by both beating out an infield single to tie the game and hitting a walk-off two-run bomb. Quite frankly though, I’m not sure what I was happier about, the fact that the game was tied (above), the fact that the game was won (below), or
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.
Rookie left-hander Jake Diekman (2-0) walked Mark Ellis with one out and Kemp drove a 1-0 pitch the other way into the pavilion seats in right-center for his 13th home run and sixth career walkoff homer, capping the 4-hour...
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Remember when Matt Kemp was “the league’s best player, and the most valuable player to his team”—not to mention “the best show in the NL.” Over his first 100 at-bats of the season, Kemp produced 40 hits, including four doubles, a triple, and 12 home runs. The Dodgers were running away with the National League West, and Kemp was running away with...
The Dodgers were long overdue for a win and Matt Kemp was long overdue for a home run, and the 12th inning at Dodger Stadium saw both on Wednesday afternoon. Kemp’s walk-off home run gave the Dodgers a 5-3 win over the Phillies and snapped a four-game losing streak. It was Kemp's first homer since April 30, snapping a homer-less drought of 71 plate appearances. The Phillies...
Wednesday marked the official start of MLB's 2012 trade rumor season. Sure we've heard some rumbling throughout the first half and the Angels grabbed Ernesto Frieri back in May, but the true rumor mill can't begin until somebody links the Red Sox to Hanley Ramirez. USA Today's Bob Nightengale did the honors, reporting talks between the Marlins and Red Sox regarding...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Kemp homered early and the Los Angeles Dodgers hammered a struggling Johan Santana before holding off the New York Mets 7-6 on Friday night.
Luis Cruz connected for his first major league home run and the Dodgers finally solved Santana (6-7), who entered 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA in five career starts against them. That included eight innings of three-hit ball in...
For a second straight day, the picks just barely climbed over the .500 level. And it took a
couple of walk offs to do it. Matt Kemp has a flair for the dramatic and he saved that pick.
But walk offs give and they take as well. The walk off in Oakland on the first major league
homer by Brandon Hicks sunk that pick and Billy Butler's blast for the Royals sunk that pick.
Lost in the euphoria of Matt Kemp's walk-off home run on Wednesday was that Clayton Kershaw pitched another excellent game for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw allowed one run in eight innings, throwing a career-high 120 pitches. He struck out seven and walked none, his fourth start without a walk this year and his eighth with one or fewer free passes. "I felt good today...
Wednesday night I was having a marvelous taco dinner with my family of origin when one of my sisters threw a nasty slider low and away. We're on a vacation in Florida and the Evil Blue Empire had tied the Phillies and the game was in extra innings. My sister's significant other, a baseball fan and Phillies fanatic, finally came to dinner in frustration...