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Matt Kemp’s nine homers in 15 games set Dodgers record

Apr 22, 2012, 12:08 PM EST

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From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com:

Matt Kemp set a franchise record for home runs through 15 games with his ninth of the season to back up a solid outing by Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers got a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

The Dodgers have been around (in various incarnations) since 1884, so the feat is no fluke.

Kemp is off to a roaring start this season, batting .474/.523/.1.018 with nine home runs, 22 RBI and one stolen base through his first 65 plate appearances. He’s by far the early favorite for the 2012 NL MVP award.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    He’s easily the best player in all of baseball. He’s definitely making a statement. Should’ve been last years NL MVP.

  2. jyoung1891 - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    A few years ago, the Dodgers were thinking about letting Kemp go: too many boneheaded plays in the outfield, and on the basepaths. They weren’t sure that he’d ever mature.

  3. randygnyc - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    And he and Joe Torre didn’t get along, at all. In fact, I think I heard that Kemp’s desire to not play for Torre lead to his departure. Once he was gone, well, Kemp’s become a different player, far exceeding everyone’s expectations. Sure he was highly regarded, but I’m not sure anyone expected him to be the best player in major league baseball.

  4. dondada10 - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Are Kemp’s 9 homers in 15 games a record for the first 15 games of a season, or any 15 game span?

    • jlovenotjlo - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      The use of the word “through” instead of “in” 15 games makes me think it is a from the beginning of the season record.

  5. bleed4philly - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Juiced

    • ptfu - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      [citation needed]

  6. icanspeel - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    After watching him pound my Padres for 7 games.. he mighta had 10 home runs except he got Petco’ed for 1 of the near home runs, but his power to all fields shows how much he has matured at the plate.

  7. oberg435 - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    not saying kemp is, but its sad a first thought is he must be on roids.

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