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Matt Kemp is sizzling since the break, plays the hero again last night

Jul 31, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

For a guy who, just a few days ago, people were assuming could be dumped to another team, Matt Kemp has been pretty important to the Dodgers of late. On Tuesday night he blasted two homers against the Braves. Last night he hit another homer and then, in the 10th inning, did this:

Since the All-Star break, Kemp is hitting .436/.522/.744 with three homers, 11 RBI and seven walks. While his position is still up in the air — he’s playing right field at the moment, though he wants to be in center — his place in the lineup is becoming far less of a concern.

The Dodgers may still try to trade Kemp at some point. It would make long term sense for the team to do so. But that point may be this winter. Hopefully, for the Dodgers’ sake, after a second half in which he reestablishes his value as a to player.

  1. renaado - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Not to mention 12 for 19 for a BA AVG of .632 in the last 7 games… However, I doubt this’ll last for long.

  2. 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    The non-waiver trading deadline is irrelevant for a guy with a contract that big. The Dodgers have no need to rush.

    • davidpom50 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      The Dodgers would be extremely foolish to move him. He’s still their second best outfielder, but because of his contract, he would not bring a return in talent commensurate to his own. In other words, he’s far more valuable to the Dodgers than he is to any other team.

  3. historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:52 AM


  4. asimonetti88 - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    He has gotten on base in 45 of 50 games since June 1. He’s hit over .300 in June and July. He’s been hot for a while. The Dodgers are looking good

  5. moogro - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Seems even hotter after moving to right.

  6. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Come to Detroit kemp! We ll play you in center!

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