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Kemp Watch: Batting title race

Posted on: September 27, 2011 8:23 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 1:01 am
By Matt Snyder

As my colleague Evan Brunell pointed out earlier Tuesday, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has a shot -- albeit a small one -- to win the hitting triple crown. That means leading the league in batting average, home runs and RBI. It hasn't been done in the majors since Carl Yastrzemski of the Red Sox pulled it off in 1967. There hasn't been a triple crown winner in the NL since Joe "Ducky" Medwick did it in 1937 for the Cardinals. Both players won the MVP.

Kemp entered Tuesday night needing to make up some ground on both Ryan Braun of the Brewers and Jose Reyes of the Mets. We'll follow the race by each player here, updating after every plate appearance. If Kemp doesn't make up some serious ground -- meaning a 4-for-4 night or something like that -- he's not going to win the batting title. He even needs help (and so far isn't getting it) from the other two.

Reyes, vs. Cincinnati
Plate appearance 1: Grounded out
Plate appearance 2: Home run (.335)
Plate appearance 3: Home run (.336 ... and wow)
Plate appearance 4: Flied out (.335)
Plate appearance 5: Single (.336)
Plate appearance 6: Flied out (.336)

Braun, vs. Pittsburgh
Plate appearance 1: Single (.335)
Plate appearance 2: Grounded out (.335)
Plate appearance 3: Walk (.335)
Plate appearance 4: Walk (.335)

Kemp, at Arizona
Plate appearance 1: Flied out (.323)
Plate appearance 2: Double (.324)
Plate appearance 3: Flied out (.324)
Plate appearance 4: Grounded out (.323 ... and it's safe to say he isn't winning the batting title)
Plate appearance 5: Single (.324)

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