Matt Kemp needs three home runs to become the fifth member of the 40/40 club.
Matt Kemp continues his run at both the National League triple crown and a potential 40/40 season on Monday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers face the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix. Kemp in his career has hit .304/.355/.500 in 39 games at Chase Field, with seven home runs. He has two home runs in six games there this season, while hitting .292 (seven hits in 24 at-bats).
Kemp has two singles in eight career at-bats against Daniel Hudson, Monday's starting pitcher for Arizona. Kemp trails Ryan Braun by eight points in batting average, so his chances at a triple crown are slim, but the various scenarios were examined by True Blue LA. Kemp also needs three home runs to become the fifth player in MLB history with 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in the same season.
Kemp won National League Player of the Week for last week, during which Kemp hit .423 with four doubles and three home runs. It is the first such award this season for Kemp, who also won the honor once in 2008.
Dana Eveland gets the start for the Dodgers, making his fifth start since getting promoted on September 1. In two road starts, Eveland is 2-0 and allowed one run in 15 innings. At home, he is 0-2 and allowed nine runs in nine innings. Tonight's start, as you may have guessed, is on the road.
The Dodgers are 6-9 this season against the Diamondbacks, including 3-3 at Chase Field.
Monday's 6:40 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. Be sure to read True Blue LA for detailed Dodgers analysis, such as a breakdown of Dana Eveland and other Dodgers fifth starters this season.