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Rain could cost Kemp HR, RBI titles

Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:35 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

The second game of Thursday's doubleheader in Washington has been postponed -- well, actually canceled. The game will only be made up if it's necessary, and it won't be.

The Nationals, 26.5 games behind the Phillies in the National League East and are already mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. The Dodgers are 70-72, 11.5 games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West, but still have an elimination number of 9, so they still have a chance, but not a great one.

So what does it matter if the Dodgers and Nationals play 161 games instead of 162? Not much to either team, but it could mean something to Matt Kemp. The Dodgers' center fielder probably won't win the triple crown -- his 1-for-5 performance earlier on Thursday dropped his average to .318, well below Jose Reyes (.336 after a pinch-hit single in Game 1 against Atlanta on Thursday) and Ryan Braun (.332 before Thursday's game), but still good for third in the race for the batting title. Even without the batting title, he's still very much in the race for the home run and RBI titles. Kemp has 32 homers, tied for third in the National League. He's two homers behind Albert Pujols and one behind second-place Dan Uggla. His 107 RBI is third in the league, just one behind Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard. While the average could benefit from one less game, it's the counting stats that hurt -- at this time of the year and with margins as close as they are in those two races, the rain on the East Coast this week could cost Kemp one of the only titles the Dodgers have a shot at winning.

If Kemp finishes a homer shy of the title or an RBI short, tonight may have been the difference. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:38 am
 

Rain could cost Kemp HR, RBI titles

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Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Rain could cost Kemp HR, RBI titles

Dirt, the context as to that comment was in regards to Kershaw winning the Cy Young award, which you are correct is not a title. Not about Kemp winning any batting titles. Titles are definitely won on the filed and yes, awards are voted on. Very unlikely at this point that Kershaw will win the Cy anyway with arguable four pitchers having better seasons, although still in the discusiion nonetheless.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:16 am
 

Rain could cost Kemp HR, RBI titles

I have Matt Kemp in fantasy, and yes he plays for the Dodgers, but he has performed very well this year and should be in the running for the MVP, although I doubt he will get it. He is definitely the best all around player in baseball right now. Why does him missing a game that was canceled, mean he can't win the triple crown? There's still a lot of baseball left...no reason why he can get hot and win it if others(Ryan Braun and Jose Reyes) get cold. As Yogi would say...it ain't over till it's over.



Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 7:00 am
 

Rain could cost Kemp HR, RBI titles

do you realize what you just said?  you said titles on won by performance on the field?  how is hitting home runs and driving in runs not classified as performance on the field?  you say awards are voted on, such as CY Young AWARD, MVP AWARD, this is a title because it is not voted, it's given to whomever has the most RBIs or HRs...  you must not watch much baseball



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:24 am
 

Rain could cost Kemp HR, RBI titles

that's not a title, it's an award. titles are won by performance on the field, awards are voted upon



Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:36 am
 

Rain could cost Kemp HR, RBI titles

"could cost Kemp one of the only titles the Dodgers have a shot at winning."

You must have no interest in the Cy Young award which Clayton Kershaw very definately has a shot at winning.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Rain could cost Kemp HR, RBI titles

Just a steppin stone

My boy will be back next year


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