SAN DIEGO (AP) — By the time Matt Kemp bats in his last game of the regular season Wednesday night, he hopes to be ready to make history.
In a quiet way, Kemp has catapulted himself toward a possible Triple Crown run with a productive September. But after a tough three-game series against the San Diego Padres over the weekend, the quest by the Dodgers' slugger just got a lot more difficult.
Kemp has a comfortable lead in RBIs (119) and is tied with St. Louis' Albert Pujols in home runs (37). He trails Milwaukee's Ryan Braun by nine points in the NL batting race.
Kemp is trying to become the first player to win the Triple Crown since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. The last NL player was St. Louis' Ducky Medwick in 1937.