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Through the first 23 games of the season, Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers is putting up some historic numbers. He is already hitting .417 with and 12 home runs and is getting on base 49% of the time with a whopping 1.383 OPS.According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the only other player with a comparable month of April might be Barry Bonds in 2004, who hit .472 with 10 home runs and an insane .696 OBP, thanks in large part to 39 walks.
Also consider that Kemp has already been worth 2.2 wins to the Dodgers (based on WAR, Wins Above Replacement) and is on pace to be worth 15.5 wins.
To put that in perspective, the last time a player was even worth 10.0 wins in one season was Bonds in 2004, who was worth 11.9 wins to the Giants that season.
Obviously Kemp can’t keep up this pace. But even with some regression, he is still on pace for one of the best seasons in recent memory.
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