DENVER -- Matt Kemp, last year's National League home run champ, hasn't hit one since Aug. 8, has only two this month and only five since returning from the disabled list July 13 from a two-month hamstring injury.
"I don't know why that always ends up being a big deal," manager Don Mattingly said when told of the drought. "I feel they come in streaks. He might hit five in nine days, then go without for a while."
In Kemp's current case, a long while.
"All of our guys in the middle are capable of hitting for high average, of driving in runs and hitting home runs," Mattingly said. "I'm not concerned. You get hits, that stuff will be there. It's when you try to produce home runs that you get in trouble. Anybody gets in trouble when they try to hit them."