Matt Kemp Caps Off Amazing April

I’m not sure if I can find a better way to describe Matt Kemp‘s absurd April than simply by saying this: in 2011, he had a fantastic season, one of the best offensive years in the long history of the Dodgers, a campaign which should have netted him the NL MVP even prior to any controversies around Ryan Braun. And yet despite everything he achieved last year, at no point did he even come close to having a month like the one he just completed to start off 2012.

2011
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS
Mar/Apr
.368
.446
.613
1.059
May
.253
.327.
.495
.822
Jun
.375
.472
.795
1.268
Jul
.274
.324
.453
.776
Aug
.330
.400
.518
.918
Sep/Oct
.343
.419
.667
1.085
2012
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS
Apr
.417
.490
.893
1.383

Kemp’s going to cool off at some point, simply because the laws of nature dictate that he must. But what does that even mean at this point? He might “only” have an OPS of .990 some month? We joke that he’s not going to end up with 85 homers this year, and he won’t, but it’s hard not to look at his amazing 2011 stat line without a month like this and wonder just where he might end up at the end of the season.

Oh, and the Dodgers lost 6-2 to Colorado tonight, despite Kemp’s Dodger-record 12th homer of April. That’ll happen because Aaron Harang in Coors Field is generally going to turn out that way, and because the Dodgers loaded the bases with none out in the seventh and Kemp, Andre Ethier, & Juan Rivera couldn’t make anything happen. After that, the game quickly devolved into Adam Kennedy & Mike MacDougal being on the field at the same time, and I’m pretty sure I got dizzy and blacked out once that happened. It almost doesn’t matter. Matt Kemp is a wonder.

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