Realistic expectations for Matt Kemp 

May, 21, 2013

Rumors that Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly could be out of work soon make little sense, since he’s not the one who built his flawed yet expensive team, rife with injuries, poor play and a lack of depth. On Monday night in Milwaukee, the Dodgers won 3-1, as ace lefty Clayton Kershaw went the distance to earn his fifth win, but the bigger story was how the team scored its runs, because only the feeble Miami Marlins are doing so at a lesser pace than Mattingly’s last-place bunch.

Outfielders Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier provided the run support Monday, Kemp with a solo home run and Ethier with one of his own, as well as a run-scoring triple to score Kemp, who had walked. Fantasy owners should remain committed to Kemp, the No. 6 overall pick in average live drafts, but even ESPN’s fantasy rankers (myself included) didn’t show quite the faith of the preseason expectations, dropping him to 18th overall. Kemp’s home run was merely his second of the season, and first in 97 plate appearances, a career-long drought. Is it a slump, an injury, his dating life? Who knows, but surely the fantasy world and Dodgers fans expected an MVP candidate, not fewer home runs than teammate Scott Van Slyke.

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AP Photo/Morry Gash Reasons to celebrate have been few and far between for Matt Kemp this season.