Triple Crown dreams for Kemp, Hamilton

Updated: April 29, 2012, 11:27 PM ET
By Buster Olney

ARLINGTON, Texas -- There have been plenty of instances when hitters have flirted with a Triple Crown since the last time somebody actually accomplished the feat (in 1967, when Carl Yastrzemski led the American League in batting average, home runs and RBIs). But eventually, those hitters faded, maybe because they weren't elite power hitters, or maybe they didn't have the speed to get a handful of needed infield hits to hold up their batting average. Maybe they just tired or got hurt.

In 2012, there are two excellent candidates for the Triple Crown -- maybe the best candidates since Yastrzemski, Frank Robinson and Willie Mays.

Matt Kemp has developed into an excellent hitter. There is no other NL player with his power, and he can run. Right now, Kemp is leading the NL batting race by 57 points: Kemp is batting .442, well ahead of David Wright (.385).

Kemp has 11 homers after ending one of the best games of the season with a home run Saturday; the players tied for second in this category have six.