Matt Kemp Is Doing Things No Other LA Dodger Has Done

The only Dodger ever to lead the league in both runs scored and RBI was Duke Snider in 1955. Matt Kemp leads the National League runs by five and RBI by four.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached the final game of their season, which means there is one game left for Matt Kemp to shine. The Arizona Diamondbacks still have a shot at clinching the second seed in the National League playoffs -- they need a win plus a loss by the Milwaukee Brewers -- so the game isn't completely devoid of meaning. Kemp has several statistical goals in play.

  • Batting average: Kemp is at .324, but needs 12 hits in 12 at-bats to beat Jose Reyes, who ended his year at .337
  • Home runs: Kemp is tied with Prince Fielder for the NL lead with 38 home runs, one ahead of Albert Pujols. The only LA Dodger to lead the league in home runs was Adrian Beltre in 2004.
  • RBI: Kemp has 124 RBI, four more than Fielder. The only LA Dodger to lead the league in RBI was Tommy Davis in 1962.
  • Runs: Kemp has scored 114 runs, five more than Ryan Braun. The only LA Dodger to lead the league in runs scored was Brett Butler in 1991.
  • Total bases: Kemp has 349 bases, 13 more than Braun. The last Dodger to lead the league in total bases was Duke Snider, for the Brooklyn Dodgers, in 1954
  • 40/40: Kemp needs two home runs to become the fifth player in baseball history with 40 home runs and 40 steals in the same season.

Kemp is currently tied for first in the NL in home runs and tied for second in steals. He is trying to become the first player to finish in the top two of both categories since Hank Aaron in 1963. Hank Aaron!

Finally, Kemp's 2011 season has been so good that he could have no hits in his next 105 at-bats and still have an OPS higher than his previous career high for a full season, of .842 in 2009.

Wednesday's 6:40 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. Be sure to read True Blue LA for a detailed breakdown of the milestones in store for Matt Kemp in the season's final game.

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