What is wrong with Matt Kemp?

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dodgerfrommass
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Matt Kemp got off to a start, hotter than any MLB hitter. Then, our GM struck. Colletti blasted Kemp for his lack of base running awareness, and his poor defense. Well, here we are, close to two moths later, and Kemp is getting worse. His defense has always been questionable in my mind. Even though he won a gold glove, he is not a good defensive player. He possesses speed which will help him get to some balls, nothing more.

After watching this past series vs Boston, it is as clear as day, Kemp has no clue what he is doing on the bases, and he still can not judge a fly ball. He is constantly making base running errors. Some of them are reminiscent of a T ball game. He get picked off, doubled off, and makes some boneheaded moves. His defense is also very bad of late. Why he can't judge a fly ball is beyond me. Last night, he stops chasing a ball, that lands on the warning track. He could have caught the ball, but he gave up, no doubt because he again misjudged it.

Maybe it is time to test his eyes. He swings at poor pitches, while letting good ones go by. His depth perception is poor. I have never seen a MLB outfielder misjudge so many fly balls.

I am growing tired of this guys mental mistakes. He seems like he is just going through the motions. He is not mentally prepared for baseball. If they have to give up on Kemp, to land a frontline ace quality pitcher, it must be done. This guy isn't progressing, but regressing as far as the mental aspect of the game.


dd88
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I think it might be time to drop him to 8th- last year he was dropped to 8th for a brief time and he performed really well. Maybe taking some pressure off will help. Hitting lead off definitely at this point is no good for him or the team.


dodgerfrommass
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Dave

I am not sure it would help, it might. Kemp has mental issues. He seems to have no clue at times. At the plate, on the base paths, and in the field. Not hitting, is one thing, but base running error, after base running error has to stop. I was not joking, when I said, it's time to check his vision. He swings at horrible pitches, lets the good ones go by, and I am sure you've seen his act in the field. He just can't judge fly balls. I don't know what it is, but it's been obvious his entire career. I have seen it time and time again.

I blame colletti for Kemp's struggles at the plate. He hasn't hit well since Colletti went off. However, his base running and fly ball judgement have been issues for quite a while now. As I said before, you expect that kind of base running out of a little leaguer. When you get to high school and beyond, base running should be an art. Sure Kemp has great speed, but his instincts are terrible, as well as his decision making out there.


dd88
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Well maybe Colletti is right then in criticizing him. Mike Kemp has to have more personal pride and a dedicated focus to perform as a valuable teammate and not just go through the motions. Unfortunately right now it's not like we can put a guy like Juan Pierre out there to take his place.


dodgerfrommass
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Dave

I am literally on the fence as far as what Ned did. Obviously, Kemp hasn't hit well since Ned's rant. IMO, at the time of the Colletti meltdown, he shouldn't have gone after Kemp. He was carrying us early. I still see us as having problems on offense. We get no power from the corner positions. Sure Blake has 7HR and Loney has 5, but they don't hit when we need them to. They hit when we have enough runs. Loney is a good RBI guy, but as big as he is, he should be hitting at least 20 or so HR's. Martin is a joke, enough said. Ethier is still hurting, and goe through major hot and cold phases as far as his power. Manny seems to have found his power so far this month. DeWitt has been decent. He does have poor range in the field, and is another good sized guy, who lacks power. Furcal looked good prior to injury, seemed to be getting it back, and poor thing has his dad pass away.

Also, our bullpen is not as good as people think. Troncoso has been a mess. Sherrill, same thing, Belisario a one year wonder, Broxton still struggles when he inherits runners. Only guys who have been solid are Weaver and Kuo. Don't get me wrong, Broxton is great, so long as he starts an inning with no runners on. IMO, he has mental issues. Although a sub 1.00 ERA is fantastic, I just do not have confidence in Big John in a huge situation. However, he is far from any major problem at this point. Outside of KUO, who can't pitch consecutive days, we have no reliable set-up man this season. Sherrill, Troncoso, and Belisario, were awesome last year, this year, they;re awful.


dd88
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Bullpen definitely can use some help- the starting pitching has been good but man the offense has been horrific, and the base-running mistakes just awful.


dodgerfrommass
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Dave

Man, who would've thunk it? Only days after a blast Kemp for his poor base running, he goes and gets picked off second base, by a left handed pitcher. Dude is a mental midget, plain and simple. All the talent in the world, and no brains to use it. He deserves to sit the bench for a few days. Why not? Play Johnson in center. I mean it can't be any worse than playing Anderson and his sub .200 avg the whole week.

Also, another player I am quickly growing tired of, is Russell Martin. He can't hit, can't field, and can't throw out any runners. Sure, offense is a bonus with any catcher, but this guy hurts us on both ends. Why the heck did he overrun 2nd base last night. The ball was hit so shallow into left field, he wasn't going to make 3rd. The left fielder had no chance to get the runner at the plate. He is another player in dire need of a check up from the neck up.

While I'm on a roll blasting players, Casey Blake, you're up. Another guy who just can't seem to put the bat on the ball in crucial situations. Last night when he came up, I told my girl, he's either going to tap into a double play, or strike out. Sure enough, he K'ed. He doesn't hit well after 7th inning in tight games. I know the old theory, play for the win on the road. However as unreliable as Casey has been in tough situations, if I were the manager, he'd be squaring up to bunt. Hindsight is always 20/20, but Torre has managed this guy every day he's been in Dodger blue. Is it not obvious to him that Blake struggles in these situations? Most of Blake's big hits, come in games we don't need any more offense. When we need him to hit most, he strikes out. To me, this is clear. It's time to make some moves with this team. We get no power from either corner infield position, our catcher can't do anything right, and our 5 tool center fielder lacks mental awareness, and gets worse day by day. How can a guy, called out by the GM for poor base running, continue to make the same mistakes. To be picked off of 2nd base by a LEFT HANDED pitcher, is inexcusable. Whew that felt good. lol


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