Matt Kemp has had a tough time getting his bat going this season and it’s no surprise that he is attracting comparisons to Albert Pujols start last year. The Los Angeles Dodgers are 18 games (8-10) into 2013 and Kemp has yet to hit a single home run. Cause for concern? Well I decided to look back and compare Kemp’s start against what Pujols did for the first 18 games of 2012.
Pujols: 16-of-72 (.222) 0 HR, 4 RBI, 6 Runs, 11/6 K/BB
Kemp: 16-of-68 (.235) 0 HR, 6 RBI, 7 Runs, 20/4 K/BB
Aside from the strikeouts, the numbers look very similar. The comparisons are correct in that Kemp has zero confidence at the plate. The swings he has taken this year have concerned even the average fans of the team.
When scouts have been asked about Kemp they elude that it might be a carryover from the shoulder injury suffered last year when he collided with an outfield wall in Colorado. His tendency to swing at bad pitches has hurt his overall approach at the plate. When Kemp’s swing is best is when he ...