April 22, 2013 |
This is not going to be fair, OK? The only thing truly comparable is the name, though that is rather significant. On the surface, it seems reasonable. Comparing Matt Kemp's first 18 games this season to last. That's fair, right? Only last April, Kemp was off to one of baseball's greatest starts. This year, he's scuffling through one of his worst individual periods. Through 18 games last year: .455 batting average with nine homers and 22 runs batted in, with .513 on-base and .924 slugging percentages.
April 3, 2012 |
Now not to scare you, or get carried away, or really even try to suggest anything dire is at hand, but it still needs to be said that Matt Kemp is seriously scuffling. And he has been for the last week, and it could even be argued, for most of the spring. Kemp has three hits in his last 23 at-bats, with 12 strikeouts. Kemp was 0 for 3 on Tuesday in the Dodgers' 4-1 victory over the Angels, striking out twice, grounding into a double play and driving in a run with a sacrifice fly. Kemp is hitting a decent enough .266 and is tied with Juan Rivera for second on the team with 12 RBIs this spring.
February 14, 2014 |
PHOENIX -- Matt Kemp doesn't know when he'll play his first game this year. But he knows this: He isn't a fourth outfielder. Smiling and shaking his head after the Dodgers' first full-squad workout of the spring, Kemp said, “I'm not a fourth outfielder. We can cut that question off right now. That's the last question you have to ask me. I'm not a fourth outfielder. I'm not going to be a fourth outfielder. I'm here to help my team win and play every day. We can stop right there.” Asked if the presence of Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford made it easier for him to take his time returning from ankle surgery, Kemp said, “When it's time for me to come back, I'm going to come back and be the same player I've been in previous years when I was healthy.
August 30, 2012 |
These days, the Dodgers have to take roll before every game just to make sure they can field a healthy team. They need to hire someone full time just to keep up with their injury report. Here's Thursday's pregame report, subject to change at a moment's notice: - Closer Kenley Jansen was seeing a cardiologist before the game to help him and the Dodgers determine the best course of action for the recurrence of his heart arrhythmia. “We're not really sure on Kenley,” said Manager Don Mattingly.
September 6, 2013 |
There are good problems to have, bad ones and Matt Kemp ones. He could go either way this month, turn into a godsend for the playoffs or a disgruntled player. Kemp is currently rehabbing his latest injury at the Dodgers' training facility in Phoenix after going 0-for-18 with seven strikeouts in a rehab assignment at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. His sprained ankle - injured in a belated slide just one game off the disabled list - apparently is sound, it's his swing that is having trouble coming around.
June 14, 2009 |
For more than an hour and a half Saturday night, the Dodgers had to sit and wait. The reason? A set of lights above the first base line at Rangers Ballpark had to be repaired. With a scoreless tie after five innings and nothing else to do, Matt Kemp spent time catching up with family members seated near the visiting dugout. Juan Pierre watched a feature on the Negro Leagues on the stadium's scoreboard. Andre Ethier retreated to the clubhouse, where he read a magazine.
May 10, 2013 |
Matt Kemp came to Don Mattingly's defense Friday in light of the mounting speculation regarding the manager's job status. "He doesn't go out there and hit for us, pitch for us, field for us, run for us," Kemp said. "It's not his fault that we're losing. It's the players. " The Dodgers are in last place in the National League West. "All he can do is talk to us and help us out," Kemp said. "That's it. " As much as the Dodgers players like and respect Mattingly, Kemp said rumors about his possible dismissal wouldn't be a distraction.
June 9, 2013 |
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, sidelined with a right hamstring injury since May 30, experienced a mild setback in his recovery, Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday. Kemp, who has been working out with the team after rehabbing recently at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., was expected to return to the active roster Friday. “We've hit a little bit of a snag because he felt just a little something today still,” Mattingly said. The medical staff will watch Kemp run Sunday and assess his status.
May 6, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Matt Kemp was scratched from the Dodgers' starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday due to tightness in his left hamstring. The move was seen as precautionary for Kemp and he was available to pinch-hit, the Dodgers said. Tony Gwynn Jr. replaced him in center field. Kemp is batting .392, his 12 home runs are the most in major-league baseball and he was named the National League's player of the month in April. Kemp also has appeared in 392 consecutive games, the most among active players.
March 28, 2012
PHOENIX -- Say what you want about these Dodgers, but they sure don't lack for confidence. Matt Kemp said Wednesday morning he could "definitely" beat Magic Johnson in a one-on-one game of basketball. Kemp was a standout basketball player in high school. "Probably not back in the day," Kemp said, laughing. "I'd definitely take him one-on-one now. I don't think he's shooting hoops no more. He's wearing suits now. He's writing my checks. " Dee Gordon, another former high school basketball player, said he was also confident he could beat the 52-year-old Johnson.