Thursday, April 16, 2009

Matt Kemp Getting Better Jumps Than a Flea Circus

Matt Kemp makes a shoetop grab of a ball hit by Aaron Rowand in yesterday's game against the Giants. Kemp went on to double up Rich Aurilia at first base.

photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP

9 comments:

Alireza said...

Just how many CFers make that catch and throw? Juan Pierre sure as hell couldn't have done it.

Fred's Brim said...

Matt Kemp gets better jumps than a kangaroo on a trampoline!

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

..better jumps than a frog on a hot plate

Steve Sax said...

Alireza, Juan Pierre's thrown ball from centerfield is, as of this post, still en route to first base.

Orlando Zepeda said...

is it the new contacts perhaps?

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-dodgers-fyi27-2009mar27,0,6662817.story

Alireza said...

"is it the new contacts perhaps?"

Perhaps, though I think the big thing the contacts have helped is his pitch recognition. Anyone else noticed how many more inside sliders in the dirt he is taking?

Orel said...

FB, HLACK: Bravo!

Alireza: Maybe Kemp has been doing yoga with Russell.

Hong Like a Chih Kuo said...

Russell needs to start doing Tai Bo or something, get a little punch in his bat.

Alireza said...

"Maybe Kemp has been doing yoga with Russell."

I thought that was reserved for Marikym?

"Russell needs to start doing Tai Bo or something, get a little punch in his bat."

Had plenty of punch this spring. That may be part of the problem. When Russell starts trying to hit homers, he gets an uppercut in his swing that leads to a lot of GB outs. Also, he seems to actually be TOO patient this year. He is far too good a contact hitter to be taking some of the pitches he has.