Matt Kemp is on pace to play in 150 games in 2016. Through the first twenty-six games he’s played in, he’s hitting .301/.318/.612. Do those splits remind you of anything? No? Yeah, as a casual Padres fan, you may not look deep into numbers of players who are not on your home team. But do yourself a favor and look up Matt’s numbers from 2011 when he finished second in MVP voting behind convicted cheat, Ryan Bruan.
161 games. .324 batting average. .399 on-base percentage. .588 slugging percentage. That year he also hit 39 home runs and drove in 126 runs.
So far in 2016, Kemp is on pace to hit 46 home runs (if he appears in 150 games) and drive in 126 runs.
Kemp hasn’t had a first half like this in a couple of years. He’s had health concerns, but those even seem to have waned over the last few years as he’s managed to stay healthy and play in 304 games in 2014 and 2015.
His defense has remained less than spectacular, but he appears to be doing better in right field with manager Andy Green’s phenomenal use of defensive alignments.
Is it too early to call a guy like Kemp a candidate for MVP? Maybe. But every year from spring training guys like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are called MVP candidates.
Compare Kemp’s numbers to Harper’s in 2016. Bryce has appeared in the same number of games (26) and is hitting .256/.367/.622 with nine home runs and twenty-six rbi.
.310/.391/.550 with six home runs and twenty rbi.
He sure looks like an MVP candidate to me. But what do I know?
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