Matt Kemp says the right things, says the kind of things you would hope he would say about his recent offensive struggles.
“It’s frustrating, but I can’t dwell on the past,” Kemp said. “I have to turn the page and do better.”
The current numbers, however, are not good. The Dodgers’ best player is in a slump, and at exactly the wrong time of the season.
He was batting .357 back on Aug. 15 when things started to turn. In his last 68 at-bats, he’s hit .182 with four RBI. His on-base and slugging percentage are both a foreign-looking .250.
It’s been even worse since he went all destruction derby on the Coors Field outfield wall. His second collision left him with a sore knee, jaw and shoulder.