It’s that time of year when it is fun to project baseball stats. For example, the New York Yankees were projected to lose 162 games after the first three games of the season.
Matt Kemp is off to a amazing start. In extending his remarkable start this season, Kemp belted a two-run home run into the right-field stands off Houston starter J.A. Happ in the first inning after Justin Sellers led off with a single. Kemp now has eight homers and 20 runs batted in, both tops in the big leagues, along with a nine-game hitting streak.
Overall he was three for three with a walk Friday. Let’s project a few of his numbers over 162 game season.
Kemp would finish the season with a whopping 93 home runs, shattering the previous record of Barry Bonds by 20.
Kemp would surpass Hack Wilson’s record of 191 that was set in 1930. Kemp is on pace to drive in 231 this season.
Finishing second to Ryan Braun in the MVP voting this past winter may have been all the inspiration that Matt Kemp needs to put up gaudy numbers throughout this season. And for the record, to this point he is doing it clean, fair and square. It’s going to be fun to watch.