Matt Kemp has blown my mind

As of today, Matt Kemp has the highest wRC+ for National League left fielders.  Matt Kemp has the third highest WRC+ for any positional National League player. We are now thirty-five games into the season which is about 21% of the season and Matt Kemp isn’t slowing down, he’s getting better.

Many of us hoped for a resurgent Matt Kemp but nobody, not even his biggest fan, one Bobby Down could have foretold that Matt Kemp would be beasting at this level.

Without further ado, the May 9th, Left Field wRC+ leaderboard.

Name wRC+ wOBA WAR PA
Matt Kemp 165 0.407 1.1 109
Rhys Hoskins 153 0.396 1.1 149
Corey Dickerson 147 0.386 1.7 140
Kyle Schwarber 147 0.388 0.9 113
David Peralta 141 0.379 1.1 137
Yoenis Cespedes 112 0.329 0.5 143
Jesse Winker 107 0.33 0 119
Ryan Braun 94 0.313 0.1 120
Jose Pirela 85 0.289 -0.1 159
Cameron Maybin 85 0.292 -0.1 110
Derek Dietrich 77 0.28 -0.4 144
Marcell Ozuna 67 0.266 -0.2 141
Adam Duvall 63 0.266 -0.3 133
Ian Desmond 43 0.257 -0.7 129

And now the National League overall wRC+ leaderboard for May 9th.

Name wOBA wRC+ WAR PA
A.J. Pollock 0.429 175 2.2 144
Tommy Pham 0.422 173 1.6 120
Matt Kemp 0.407 165 1.1 109
Brandon Belt 0.406 164 1.4 136
Nick Markakis 0.408 162 1.6 156
Kris Bryant 0.41 162 1.4 135
Francisco Cervelli 0.405 161 1.6 115
Odubel Herrera 0.405 159 1.3 141
Javier Baez 0.405 158 1.5 132
Nolan Arenado 0.424 157 1.2 131
Asdrubal Cabrera 0.394 156 1.7 145
Freddie Freeman 0.399 155 1.4 156
Charlie Blackmon 0.419 153 1.2 137
Rhys Hoskins 0.396 153 1.1 149
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3 Comments

  1. The Robot Made of Nails is back!

    The Dodgers should be able to find a AL team that would pick up $5 mil per of the contract to have Kemp DH?

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  2. MIchael

    Matt Kemp is one of my all-time favorites. When the Dodgers traded for him I was very happy, but the consensus, of course, was that it was part of a salary dump. I deluded myself into thinking that they would hang on to him, and that he would be a contributor. Turns out I wasn’t so deluded. He’s been the only bright spot for me so far.

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    • I have had similar feelings regarding Kemp.
      It is wonderful to see him hitting so well and he has not embarrassed himself with the glove.
      He is just crushing LHP (.395/.452/.605/1.085). Last season the talk was about acquiring Braun to do just this.

      I’m not eager to see Kemp go. A platoon situation in LF could help preserve his legs, but Kemp is raking vs RHP too (.328/.343/.547/.890) so there is no reason to remove him vs RHP other than just to give him a breather.

      Maybe Kemp woke up and decided that he really wants to play for the Dodgers?
      Sure does look like it … even if it means playing LF!

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