Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending June 3rd.
Kemp hit .429 (9-for-21) with six runs scored, two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI across seven games played to claim his sixth career POTW award, previously winning for the period ending August 3, 2014. Among his NL counterparts, Matt finished his strong week tied for first in home runs and RBI; second in slugging percentage (.952); tied for third in total bases (20); tied for fourth in batting average; and tied for fifth in runs scored and five extra-base hits. This is the Dodgers’ first Player of the Week Award since Clayton Kershaw took home weekly honors last season for the week ending July 9th.
On Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium, Kemp recorded his team-leading 16th multi-hit game with a double, a home run and a season-high four RBI to propel the Dodgers to an 8-2 victory. The performance capped off a six-game hitting streak dating back to May 25th, in which the two-time All-Star batted .476 (10-for-21) with four runs scored, a pair of doubles, two home runs and eight RBI.
In Saturday’s shootout against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, the 33-year-old went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a home run and two RBI as the Dodgers tallied 12 total runs. The round-tripper was his second in as many games, accomplishing the feat for the second time this season (also April 16th-17th). In addition, the home run was Kemp’s 191st as a Dodger, which ranks eighth in franchise history and just one homer shy of tying Carl Furillo for seventh on the Club’s all-time list. The two-time Gold Glove Award winner is six RBI behind his former teammate Andre Ethier for 13th in team history, and is three doubles shy of Babe Herman for 14th in Dodgers history. Entering play this week, the veteran outfielder paces the NL in batting average with a .344 (62-for-180) mark on the season to go along with 23 runs scored, 14 doubles, nine home runs and 33 RBI.
Other noteworthy performances last week included All-Star first baseman Eric Hosmer (.519, 4 R, 14 H, 5 RBI) of the San Diego Padres; All-Star starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (2 GS, 1.29 ERA, 14.0 IP, 21 SO) of the New York Mets; shortstop Ketel Marte (.421, 7 R, 7 XBH, 6 RBI) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; starter Michael Wacha (2-0, 0.61 ERA, 14.2 IP, 11 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals; starter Mike Foltynewicz (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 CG SHO, 11 SO) of the Atlanta Braves; All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.0 IP, 12 SO) of the Washington Nationals; and Kemp’s teammate Yasiel Puig (.455, 8 R, 10 H, 4 XBH).
In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Matt Kemp will be presented with a watch courtesy of Rockwell.
(Jon Chapper furnished the information provided in this report)
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Congrats to Kemp for the prestigious honor. Guess this means there’s no way in hell the Dodgers can trade him now that he’s finally come full-circle as a professional ballplayer. Besides, he still owes his fans a strong finish at this point in his career after needlessly squandering his immense physical talents the last few years when he thought he was bigger than the Dodger brand itself. So far, so good Matty!