|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||570.00||35.00||.293||109.00||106.00||27.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Milwaukee||9||2||0|| .364|| .222|| .222|
|vs Gallardo (Career)||15||5||0|| .467||.375||.333|
|vs RHP||111||27||1|| .289|| .297|| .243|
|Last 10 Games|
|Matt Kemp feeling good about production |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(5/16/13) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp hasn't hit as expected this season, but he's starting to feel strong at the plate, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Kemp has a .282 average but has hit just one home run. He's been hitting the ball hard recently. "But I’m feeling a lot better at the plate," Kemp said. "Those are good signs coming."
Manager Don Mattingly agreed, saying "I think Matt is kind of out of his early season [funk]. I think we can kind of say, 'Hey, Matt is swinging the bat pretty good.' Now until obviously he hits some homers, he’s going to continue to get those questions."
Kemp is on a 14-game hitting streak. His only home run came April 24.
|Matt Kemp moved up to two-hole|
|by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com|
(5/14/13) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp entered Tuesday's contest against the Nationals having hit in 12 straight games. He was also moved up to No. 2 in the lineup for the first time since 2010.
"This is nothing other than trying to just shake our lineup up just a little bit and see if we can put some runs on the board," manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com "Matt has hit in 12 straight. Even though he hasn't hit for power yet, he's swinging the bat better."
Kemp is batting .320 (16 for 50) during his streak but his slugging percentage is just .360 during that stretch.
|Matt Kemp reaches grand milestone|
|by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com|
(5/13/13) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has experienced a major power outage during the first six weeks of the season but he is still finding ways to remain productive. Kemp, who has just one homer in 137 at-bats, is carrying an 11-game hitting streak to boost his average to a season-high .277.
The veteran slugger finished 2 for 3 during Los Angeles' 5-3 victory over Miami on Sunday with his second single giving him 1,000 career hits. He became the third-fastest Dodger to reach the milestone behind only Pedro Guerrero and Steve Garvey, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
"It's kind of a lot, it's kind of not," Kemp said. "Some great hitters behind me have 3,000 hits. It's hard to imagine getting that many hits. I'm not worried about hitting home runs. Never have been. My main concern is getting on base, hitting with runners in scoring position."
|Dodgers not worried about Matt Kemp's lack of power|
|by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com|
(5/12/13) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly thinks it will only be a matter of time before Matt Kemp starts hitting for power. Kemp entered Sunday's finale against the Marlins with one home run, which came on April 24. He hit 12 over his first 35 games last year.
"I feel like he's still going to hit his homers," Mattingly told MLB.com. "They're going to come, but when you're forcing them, they don't seem to come. That's the one thing I don't want him to do, try to force home runs. When he's having good swings and starts to get his hits, the power is right there with it. The more good swings you have, the better chance for the power to be there."
Although Kemps' power numbers are down, he has been swinging the bat well lately. The 28-year-old has hit safely in each of his last 11 games and is batting .326 (15 for 46) with two doubles and four RBI over that span.
|Matt Kemp experiencing power outage|
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(5/11/13) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has been hitting the ball better recently, but he is still searching for his dormant power stroke.
Kemp enters play Saturday against Miami with a nine-game hitting streak intact, raising his batting average to .271. Unfortunately for him, he has just two extra-base hits, both doubles, in the course of his streak.
Kemp has just one home run and this is not a new trend. Kemp has just 12 home runs in 107 games over the last calendar year; he hit 12 in April alone in 2012.
MLB top ten plays of the week: 5/20
From Brandon Crawford's barehanded grab to Aaron Hicks hitting and robbing home runs, we bring you the best plays in baseball from the past week.
Braves rally past Jansen, Dodgers again
Ramiro Pena had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in a four-run eighth inning, Jordan Schafer drove in two runs and the Atlanta Braves rallied against the Los Angeles Dodgers' beleaguered bullpen for a 5-2 victory on a rain-soaked Sunday.
Braves use consecutive home runs to rally past Dodgers
Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons hit consecutive homers off Kenley Jansen in the eighth inning, and the Atlanta Braves rallied to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Saturday night.
Braves dispatch Dodgers with Justin Upton grand slam
Justin Upton gave Atlanta the lead with a sixth-inning grand slam and the Braves finally unveiled their full-strength lineup, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 on Friday night.
Hit Parade for Week 8
Some heavy hitters are finally starting to return to form and good health, leaving owners with many tough decisions. Our Scott White looks at all of the streaks and matchups in his latest Hit Parade.
|Coming off a near-MVP 2011 season in which he finished a homer short of the 40-40 club, Matt Kemp entered 2012 with the lofty goal of a 50-50 campaign and appeared to be on track for at least half that equation when he homered 12 times in April. Unfortunately, he would hit less than that the rest of the way, finishing with a grand total of 23. The turning point came when a tight hamstring forced him to the DL -- not once, but twice -- in May. Between the DL stints, he wound up missing about six weeks and wasn't the same player when he returned, mustering just the 11 homers to go along with a .280 batting average and .792 OPS in 282 at-bats. So much for going 50-50. He didn't even come close on the steals, finishing with nine, which could indicate he's nearing that point, like former 40-steal men Vladimir Guerrero and Alex Rodriguez before him, when his role in the lineup precludes him from being so aggressive on the base paths. Granted, it wouldn't be a death blow for Kemp's Fantasy value. He's still an excellent hitter -- first-round-worthy, even -- and likely would have been steadier from start to finish if not for the injured hamstring. He's just no longer safe enough to draft with a top-five pick. (Updated 12/4/12)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/20/13||@ MIL||8:10 pm||Yovani Gallardo|
|5/21/13||@ MIL||8:10 pm||Hiram Burgos|
|5/22/13||@ MIL||1:10 pm||Wily Peralta|
|5/24/13||STL||10:10 pm||Lance Lynn|
|5/25/13||STL||7:15 pm||John Gast|
|5/26/13||STL||4:10 pm||Shelby Miller|
|5/27/13||LAA||8:10 pm||C.J. Wilson|