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Triple Crown Watch: Matt Kemp Needs Hits, Ryan Braun Sits

The amount of hits needed by Matt Kemp over the final three games to win the National League batting title is unknown. What we do know is that Kemp will need a lot of hits, and likely some help from both Ryan Braun and Jose Reyes, who are ahead of Kemp. The Los Angeles Dodgers close out their regular season against the Arizona Diamonadbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Ryan Braun is not in the starting lineup for the Milwaukee Brewers against the Pittsburgh Pirates, so he will not have the opportunities to have his .33273 batting average drop, something sorely needed by Kemp, who enters Monday at .32428.

Here are the starting lineups for the series opener between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

Dodgers (80-78)

Gordon SS
Sands RF
Kemp CF
Rivera LF
Loney 1B
Miles 3B
Ellis C
Sellers 2B
Eveland P

Diamondbacks (93-66)

Roberts 3B
Hill 2B
Young CF
Montero C
Goldschmidt 1B
Cowgill LF
Parra RF
McDonald SS
Hudson P

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.