It may be too early to talk about the NL MVP award, but Matt Kemp is staking an early claim to the award after losing 388-332 to Ryan Braun last November. Kemp hit six more homers and drove in 15 more runs than Braun. In addition he stole 7 more bases. Braun outhit Kemp by .332 to .324.
This season Kemp is already leading all MLB players in:
Runs – 12
Hits – 16
Home Runs – 5 (No other player has more than 3)
Runs Batted In – 15
Batting Average – .457 (Michael Cuddyer and David Freese are next at .406)
On Base Percentage – .487
Slugging Percentage – .971 (Corey Hart is next at .917)
On Base Plus Slugging Percentage – 1.459 (Corey Hart is next at 1.401)
Total Bases – 34 (Omar Infante is surprisingly second with 25)
Extra Base Hits – 8
His home run totals have increased in each of his major league seasons since his 2006 rookie year. His home run totals beginning with his rookie season – 7-10-18-26-28-39 and is leading MLB in his seventh season with 5. Kemp with 133 home runs and 145 lifetime stolen bases could join Barry Bonds, in the 500 HR’s – 500 SB’s club someday. He won’t be 28 till September so his age is on his side.
Kemp is leading MLB in ten major offensive categories and so far is showing the NL MVP voters last year, that they made a mistake by not choosing him.
Stats can go up and down over a season and nobody expects Kemp to lead in these 10 categories at the end of the season, but it still is an accomplishment to lead the entire major leagues in ten categories, at any point of any season.