After a couple of injury-plagued seasons, Matt Kemp looked like he had returned to form over the final four months of 2014, so even though drafting him in the third or fourth round last year was completely justified, those who did probably felt like they should have known better when he turned in a miserable .249 batting average and .616 OPS over the first two months. But here we are a year later, lauding another impressive four-month stretch that saw him hit .274 with 22 home runs and a .827 OPS to end the year. Clearly, he still has something left in the tank at age 31, and coming off back-to-back 150-game seasons, he's no longer looking like such an injury risk. The inconsistency should be enough to talk you out of drafting him so early, though. Round 8 or 9 sounds about right.
Padres outfielder Matt Kemp drove in four runs during Tuesday's game against the Rangers, but it was not enough as the Padres lost 8-6. Kemp used three hits over four at-bats to drive in the runs. He also scored a run. Prior to Tuesday's game, Kemp was hitting .333 with four home runs and 18 RBI in his last 14 games.
After missing two games with a sore shoulder, Padres right fielder Matt Kemp is back in the starting lineup Saturday against the Phillies. Kemp was held out Thursday and Friday with the injury, but he has been given the green light to return on Saturday. Kemp has been hitting the ball well lately, batting .308 with two home runs and 11 RBI over his last 10 games.
An aching shoulder has Padres right fielder Matt Kemp out of the lineup Friday for the second straight game. He is set to sit in Philadelphia. Kemp sought to be in the lineup, according to U-T San Diego, but the team is being cautious. He could pinch-hit.
The absence of Padres slugger Matt Kemp from the lineup Thursday against Washington was due to a sore shoulder sustained on an awkward landing while trying to catch a fly ball Wednesday. Kemp remained in that game, but is now considered day-to-day.
The Padres have given hot-hitting right fielder Matt Kemp the night off Thursday for the first time since July 4. Travis Jankowski will man the position instead. Kemp has four home runs and 18 RBI over his last 12 games.