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Less than two hours after learning that Ryan Braun had won the MVP award, Matt Kemp made a bold prediction for the 2012 season:
"I'm going to go 50-50 next year. I'm telling you, y'all created a monster. I'm about to get back in the weight room super tough so I can be as strong as I was last year. … Forty-forty is tough, so 50-50 will be even tougher, but anything can happen. I have to set my limits high so I can try to get to them as much as I can. I'm going to try for 50-50, which has never been done."
While Kemp's prediction seems too far of a reach, he also has to contend with the fact that Braun's Brewers are a better team than his Dodgers.
The Dodgers missed the playoffs in 2011, finished third in the NL West with an 82-79 record.
The Brewers won the NL Central with a 96-66 record and advanced all the way to the NLCS before being defeated by the eventual World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
Milwaukee may have lost Fielder to Detroit, but they still boast a better squad than the Dodgers.
And there's the issue of L.A.'s ownership.
The front-runners to land ownership of the Dodgers, Joe Torre and Rick Caruso, recently withdrew their bid to buy the bankrupt franchise.
Braun was better than Kemp last season, and as long as he continues his dominance and leads the Brewers further than the Dodgers in 2012, he'll be the favorite to win the 2012 NL MVP Award.