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No Matt Kemp As Dodgers Look For Sweep of Diamondbacks
The main reason the Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in baseball at 24-11 and a six-game lead in the National League West – the biggest lead in MLB – is because of Matt Kemp, who is easily your early NL MVP. But Kemp went on the disabled list Monday night with a hamstring injury and will miss at least a few weeks. L.A. has won five straight heading into Tuesday night’s two-game series finale with Arizona and is a -130 favorite on Bovada’s MLB baseball odds.
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Kemp missed L.A.’s 3-1 win over the Snakes, ending his major-league best 399 consecutive games played streak. Kemp’s hamstring has been bothering him for more than a week and he tweaked the hammy on Sunday. The only other time Kemp has been placed on the disabled list was in 2007, when he suffered a slight shoulder separation running into the new out-of-town scoreboard in right field. He is hitting.359 average with 12 homers and 28 RBIs. However, he's 0 for 13 over his last four games and has hasn’t yet homered in May.
Mattingly said Tony Gwynn Jr. will be Kemp's primary replacement in center field, but Andre Ethier also might get a few starts in center with Jerry Sands, just up from Triple-A, playing right. Gwynn started in center on Monday and was 0-for-3 and is hitting .258 this season. Sands was hitting .257 and ranked second on Albuquerque with seven home runs while leading the Isotopes in RBIs (28) and runs scored (27).
The Dodgers also placed third baseman Juan Uribe on the DL on Monday. Adam Kennedy replaced Uribe in Monday night's lineup and was 0-for-2, dropping his average to .171. Mattingly mentioned Elian Herrera and Justin Sellers as possible replacements.
The Snakes start lefty Wade Miley against Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley. Last time out, Miley (3-1, 2.76) allowed three runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 7-2 loss to the Cardinals. Billingsley lasted just four innings in his last start, allowing seven hits and two runs vs. the Giants. He is 10-7 with a 3.60 ERA career vs. Arizona.
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