I'm sure Matt Kemp is itching to get back in the Dodgers' lineup following the All-Star Break. He's said as much. But if he needed any more motivation, he need only consult Eric Karabell's latest column, predicting second-half power numbers (link insider only):
Starting with the four NL derby entrants, it's tough for me to expect the real Matt Kemp from here on out. This is his second DL stint for a balky hamstring. I'll predict he doubles his current total of 12 home runs, and that's it.
But wait, there's more. Buried in there is another Dodgers-relevant nugget:
Edwin Encarnacion will top 30 home runs, but he'll do it the final two months for the Los Angeles Dodgers after a late-July trade.
A Blue Jay corner infielder with power (148 OPS+), predicted to be joining the Dodgers? Interesting.