The look on Matt Kemp's face says it all. After injuring his hamstring on May 13th in Colorado, the Dodgers knew they needed some key players to step up and fill the monstrous void left by Kemp. The Dodgers have responded by going 9-4 and expanding their major league-leading record to 32-15.
How has this happened? Matt Kemp had been the hottest hitter outside of Josh Hamilton this season, hitting over .400 while also blasting 12 home runs. The production of Kemp fueled the Dodgers to a league best 23-11 record.
The loss of Matt Kemp to the 15-Day DL would hinder previous Dodger teams, but this year's team has embraced the challenge and has continued their winning ways.
There is no "I" in team. Since Matt Kemp's injury the Dodgers have actually improved their runs per game from 4.3 to 5.1. Albeit a small sample size, Don Mattingly's club is playing team baseball this season, which is the main reason why they have the best record in baseball. LA has flexed their muscles by surviving a plague of injuries affecting Mark Ellis, Juan Uribe, Jerry Hairston, Juan Rivera and of course, Matt Kemp.
Four Dodgers in particular have stepped up their efforts to lead their team to the top of the major league standings.