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Entries in Matt Kemp (14)


Best Hitters on Inside Pitches

Top MLB Hitters on Inside Pitches
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Interesting notes: Alex Rodriguez (NYY) is actually making less contact on inside pitches compared to his three previous seasons (72.2% to 80.9%.)  However, he's yet to strike out on an inside pitch this season.  In his three previous seasons, 19.3% of his plate appearances decided on an inside pitch were strike outs.
Stephen Drew's (ARZ) 2010 batting average on inside pitches ranked in the bottom half of the league; his .636 currently ranks second this season.
Ten of Matt Kemp's(LAD) thirty-one HRs since the beginning of 2010 have come on inside pitches.
Brandon Inge (DET) is swinging at 13.6% fewer inside pitches compared to last season; his .377 BAbip on inside pitches since 2008 is 7th best in all of baseball.
Of Starlin Castro's (CHC) 29 hits this season, 14 have come on inside pitches, including one HR, one triple, and three doubles.


Matt Kemp's Hot Start

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L.A. Dodgers' centerfielder Matt Kemp currently holds the highest OBP in the league at .537, and his .444 batting average is tied for first with Miguel Montero and Joey Votto.  Not surprisingly, his very high batting average on balls in play (.500) is also tied for first with Miguel Montero and Wilson Betemit.

Part of the reason his BAbip is so high is that all 9 of his line drives have fallen in for hits, and his ground ball BAbip is .429.  While some of that is luck, Kemp has been destroying fastballs so far this season, batting .619 and slugging .952 on them.  He holds a .338 BAbip on fastballs over the last three seasons, which is about 30 points higher than league average.  So he has demonstrated a noticeable skill in the recent past at hitting fastballs well.  And so far this season, he's doing it better than ever.

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