Matt Kemp OF SD 15 hours ago

Kemp (shoulder) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

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Matt Kemp OF SD 2 days ago

Kemp (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Phillies.

Matt Kemp OF SD 2 months ago

Kemp went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk against the Rangers on Saturday.

Manager Dave Roberts was able to keep Kemp's bat in the lineup while giving him a day off in the field, and Kemp delivered with a big game out of the DH spot. The former Dodger has put together a terrific 7-for-17 stretch with two homers over the last four games, as he's finally building some momentum heading into the All-Star break. His putrid 4.6 percent walk rate is contributing to a career-worst .287 OBP, but at least Kemp has managed to play in 88 out of a possible 89 games so far in 2015 after averaging only 110 games per season over the last three years.

Matt Kemp OF SD 2 months ago

Kemp went 1-for-4 with a homer in a 5-2 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

It's been a disappointing year so far for the former two-time All-Star, but he's now hit six homers in a little over a month after totaling one in April and May. He's batting .242/.281/.367 overall in 86 games.

Matt Kemp OF SD 2 months ago

Kemp is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

Kemp went just 1-for-14 over his last four games, so manager Pat Murphy decided to give him a day off to clear his head. Will Venable will get the start in right field in Kemp's place.

Matt Kemp OF SD 2 months ago

Kemp went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run Friday against Arizona.

He's now hit leadoff in three straight games, and he's collected three hits in the last two. The idea here is for Kemp to see more fastballs and more strikes so that he can find some rhythm at the plate. It's too soon to say that this move has truly lifted Kemp out of the slump that's occupied most of his season, but he's at least been better in June than he was in May.

Matt Kemp OF SD 2 months ago

Kemp will bat leadoff Wednesday against the Giants.

Not only is it Kemp's first time atop the order as a member of the Padres, it's his first time there in over five years -- the last time was June 20, 2010. It's a bit of a head-scratcher, as Kemp's struggles have continued throughout June (.228/.271/.392), but the 30-year-old is 12-for-35 (.343 average) in his career against Wednesday's starter Ryan Vogelsong.

Matt Kemp OF SD 2 months ago

Kemp went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Thursday in a win over the Athletics.

Those who bought low on Kemp in knowledge of his career-long struggles in May have finally started to be rewarded recently, as he's now homered twice in his last three games. We're still waiting for him to really catch fire, but Kemp has all the talent in the world and is actually healthy right now, so it wouldn't be terribly surprising if he were to go on a tear in the near future.

Matt Kemp OF SD 3 months ago

Kemp is out of the lineup Wednesday.

It looks like a routine day off for Kemp, who will hit the bench as Will Venable slots into the lineup in right field. He'll be flanked by Justin Upton in left and Melvin Upton, Jr. in center.

Matt Kemp OF SD 3 months ago

Kemp went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Reds.

The fourth-inning blast was Kemp's second homer of 2015 -- his first since Apr. 18 -- and his first extra-base hit of any kind since May 26. The five RBI also matched his total from his previous 22 games combined. In addition to the lack of power, Kemp has been drawing far fewer walks this season, but owners can still hold out hope that last year's second-half narrative repeats itself this season.