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Matt Kemp, Josh Willingham named players of the week

Apr 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

Matt Kemp

Two weeks of the season down, two weeks of Matt Kemp taking player of the week honors in the NL. He also won the last player of the week award last season, so it’s three straight for him. The kid is pretty good, no?

Kemp won the award again for a week in which he went 12-for-22, hit four home runs and had 26 total bases, helping lead the Dodgers to the best record in baseball. So far this season Kemp is hitting .487/.523/1.026 with six homers, which is pretty nuts, even for a small as heck sample size.

In the AL, the award went to Josh Willingham of the Minnesota Twins. In six games last week, Willingham batted .455 (10-for-22) with a double, three home runs, four RBI, three walks and six runs. On the season he’s hitting .419/.514/.871, leading the league in the latter two categories.

  1. icanspeel - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    The amazing part is all 6 of his home runs have been to center field or right field. His power to all fields is pretty impressive. Sure you can say all his homers were against the Padres, but they pitched pretty well overall to anyone not named Matt Kemp. They are 5th in the majors with a .219 Batting Average Allowed.

    • davidpom50 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      While you’re saying all his homers were against the Padres, you’re also saying 2 came at Petco, the place home runs go to die, and the other 4 at Dodger Stadium, which isn’t exactly a hitter’s haven either.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Hey, good for Josh Willingham! He goes under the radar most of the time.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Agreed. Unfortunately, part of his being under the radar comes from being on the DL.

      We Nats fans learned a lot about Josh and his family a copuple of seasons ago, when his brother passed away. They seem to be pretty good folks.

  3. dodger88 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    How hot is Kemp? When he hit one of his singles on Sunday they caused his slugging percentage to drop!

  4. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Is Matt Kemp HOF bound?

    • Jeff M. - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      Well, maybe. But only if he continues this same production for another couple of years.

  5. davidpom50 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Kemp’s goal is 50/50 club… He’s gonna have to cool off a little if he wants to steal 50 bases. He’s never on 1st base!

    • natstowngreg - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      This would seem to be a problem. Granted, a very nice problem.

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