Ted Lilly (10-14, 4.27) vs. Wade LeBlanc (4-5, 5.07).
Six more games before the end of the season, which means two more road series which will (probably) be meaningless games with regard to the NL playoff race. So let's talk about some stakes that are worth rooting for: Matt Kemp's chase for the triple crown.
As of last night:
- Kemp was first in RBI with 118, five ahead of Ryan Howard (Kemp is six RBI ahead of Prince Fielder and 14 ahead of Ryan Braun);
- Kemp was second in HR with 36, one behind Albert Pujols (Kemp is two HRs ahead of Fielder and 5 HRs ahead of Braun);
- Kemp was third in batting average with a .326 average, behind both Braun (.330) and Jose Reyes (.329) (Fielder is 19th with a .293 average).
Kemp is also fourth in OBP with a .403 percentage (Joey Votto leads with a .423 OBP), is second in slugging average with a .582 average (Braun is a nick ahead at .584), and leads OPS with .985 (Braun is second with a .977 average; Fielder is fifth with a .951 average).
Last night's four-XBH outburst, the first four-XBH night since Mike Piazza on August 27, 1995 (two HR, two doubles, 7 RBI), was an incredible statement for Kemp in his last home game of the season. What's more, it pushed the arch-rival Giants' tragic number to 1 for the NL West and 3 for the NL Wild Card, with six games for them left to play. Here's hoping Kemp can get even more momentum in the home stretch...despite being in a pitcher-friendly park tonight.
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