Matt Kemp Earns National League Player of the Month for April
There is one word that I keep reading over and over again that pertains to Matt Kemp and that word is "beast."
Truly, there is little else that can be said that more accurately portrays what the man has become to the game of baseball. He is in every sense of the word a beast.
Putting another feather in his cap, Kemp has just earned himself the honor of being named the National League Player of the Month for April. A well deserved honor.
In 23 games he batted .417, had a .490 on-base percentage, .893 slugging percentage, 12 home runs, 16 extra-base hits, 24 runs and 25 runs batted in.
While I was criticized for labeling Kemp as the best player in baseball, it appears that he has been making my case for me.
To put things in perspective, many people argue that Albert Pujols is the best player in the game. So far this season with his new club in the American League, Pujols has only managed to post a .208/.255/.292/.547 batting line with 20 hits, five RBI and eight runs.
Even scarier, his league-leading 25 runs scored is about a third of what the entire Pittsburgh Pirates team has put up so far this season at 65 and is exactly one third of what the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals have put up at 75, respectively.
Kemp's April was also only the fourth time in MLB history that a player finished the month with a BA over .400, more than 20 RBI and 10 HR.
The other three players on that list are: Tony Perez in 1970, Larry Walker in 1997 and Barry Bonds in 2004.
What Dodger fans are witnessing from Kemp is amazing, pure and simple. Perhaps not winning the MVP award in 2011 has fueled a fire beneath him like no other. Whatever it is, this show is one that nobody wants to see end.
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