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No, we don't value RBI much as a stat in these parts — not without context anyway — and we value batting average even less.
Unless they give us something fun to root for.
Here we are on August 1, and Matt Kemp still is plumb in the thick of Triple Crown contention.
The thing I like most in Kemp's favor is that 33 of the Dodgers' remaining 55 games are on the road, where Kemp is batting .335 with 15 homers and 45 RBI in 48 games.
Admittedly, some of those games will be in pitcher paradises like San Diego, where the Dodgers begin a three-game series tonight. But most of them are in ballparks where Kemp's bat will feel much more footloose and fancy-free than it has in Dodger Stadium this year, where he is batting .301 with 11 homers and 42 RBI in 59 games.
The odds are against Kemp, but it's not ridiculous to think he could do it. ...