Matt Kemp's continued quest for the National League MVP Award and Triple Crown received a boost last week, as the Dodgers center fielder's performance earned him NL Player of the Week honors, Major League Baseball announced Monday.
Kemp hit .423 (11-for-26) with a Major League-best nine runs scored while also slugging .923 and posting 24 total bases, the top marks in the Senior Circuit. The 27-year-old also hit three home runs and four doubles -- both tied for first in the NL -- and his seven RBIs also were tied for second most in the league.
Three of Kemp's best games came during a three-game mid-week series against the rival Giants. Kemp went a combined 8-for-14 with two homers and five RBIs as the Dodgers took two of three from the reigning World Series champions. He capped the series by tying a season high with four hits, including three doubles and a solo homer.
Kemp continued his solid play in San Diego on Friday, hitting his third homer in as many games in a 2-0 win against the Padres.
Kemp's breakout season has the Oklahoma native near the top of many offense categories, including the three Triple Crown categories. Kemp entered play Monday leading the NL with 120 RBIs, tied for first in the league with 37 home runs and third with a .324 batting average.
Kemp's teammate Clayton Kershaw also was under consideration for the award. The left-hander went 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 14 innings in two starts last week.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.