Los Angeles Dodgers: Is Matt Kemp More Valuable to Squad Than Clayton Kershaw?

T.J. McaloonCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 20:  Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 and center fielder Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after Kershaw's complete game shoutout against the Detroit Tigers on June 20, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  The Dodgers won 4-0.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are on fire through the first five weeks of the MLB season. A big reason for this success is because of Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw

However, as discussed on the T.J. McAloon and the Sports Half Hour with Gabe Zaldivar, we take a look at which Dodger would be missed the most if they went onto the disabled list. 

As a fan you never want to think about losing one of your best players for an extended period of time. However, as discussed on the show, Gabe and I take a look at the pros and cons of each player and what it would mean to the Dodgers if one of those players happened to fall onto the 60-day DL.  

Looking at their stats through the Dodgers' first 26 games Kemp leads the team in four offensive categories, while Kershaw only leads the pitching staff in one category.  

If the Dodgers lost Kemp, they would be without their leader in: batting average, home runs, runs and on-base plus slugging. If something would happen to Kershaw, though, the Dodgers pitching staff would only lose their leader in strikeouts.  

However, talking about injuries isn’t the only thing that is discussed on the podcast. We also talk about what is up with Dee Gordon, Magic Johnson butchering Vin Scully’s name and the joys of eating a Dodger Dog. 

So, which player do you think the Dodgers could not afford to lose for an extended period of time? Would the team struggle more if they lost their best offensive player or the reigning Cy Young winner? 


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