LOS ANGELES -- Finally back to full strength after two months on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is starting to heat up and return to his early-season form.
Kemp's two-run homer Saturday night extended his hitting streak to seven games, and he is hitting .483 (14-for-29) in that span with four doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs. Kemp had gone 6-for-11 with a home run against Sunday's Cubs pitcher, Justin Germano, giving him a good chance to extend that streak to eight games.
Since the All-Star break, the center fielder is batting .345 with four homers and 13 RBIs to pace the Dodgers' offense.
With Shane Victorino and Hanley Ramirez added to the lineup, Kemp and his teammates are getting to see a lot more hittable pitches.
"You are wanting that guy to work on the other side and not give him spots in the lineup where he can breeze through where he only has to concentrate certain times," manager Don Mattingly said. "We want him to have to concentrate and make him make good pitches all throughout the lineup.
"Guys are going to make 'X' amount of mistakes. The more you force him to make better pitches, the better chance you are going to get he's going to make mistakes."