So how was your weekend? Was it relaxing? Did you break out the grill for the first time? Maybe you got that big project done. Take a day trip somewhere?
That's wonderful. But it wasn't Matt Kemp's weekend.
The Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder batted 7-for-10 in three games against the San Diego Padres. He hit four home runs, including a pair of two-run shots on Saturday, and drove in seven runs. Oh, and Kemp drew four walks while he was at it.
After swinging dynamite, Kemp has a triple-slash average of .487/.523/1.026. He leads the major leagues in all three categories. Kemp's six home runs are also the highest total in the bigs, as are his 16 RBI. Following last season's flirtation with the triple crown, Kemp looks like a guy who wants to seize that prize for the first time in 45 years.
(Can you believe some bloggers didn't even list Kemp among their top National League MVP candidates? For instance, this goofball.)
Kemp isn't just piling up big numbers while his team falters, either. Following a three-game sweep of the Padres, the Dodgers have the best record in baseball at 9-1.
Yes, that mark has come at the expense of the Padres and the Pittsburgh Pirates, so the Dodgers aren't crushing elite competition. And there's certainly been some luck involved in winning those games, as Sunday's ninth-inning triple play demonstrates. (Was Jesus Guzman's bunt a foul ball? You make the call.)
But the Dodgers are certainly beating the bad teams, which is what should be done. Finish .500 or better against the upper tier of the National League, and you have a playoff team.
Now, for the rest of the weekend's best. Please share your suggestions for standouts in the comments.