ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 26: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers tosses his helmet after striking out against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 26, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -- A key to the Cardinals’ series win against the Dodgers was to tame their best player, Matt Kemp.
Kemp struggled mightily throughout the series looking confused and off balanced at times as the Cardinals held him to just two hits in the four games. The All-Star center fielder struggled to even put the ball in play as he struck out seven times in 16 at-bats and did not walk once.
Prior to the series against the Cardinals, Kemp was on a tear as he mashed the Mets pitchers to the tune of a .429 average (6-for-14) with one home run, three runs batted in and four runs scored -- definitely a far cry from what he did in St. Louis.
It should be also noted that the career .296 hitter has batted only .258 in 33 games played against the Cardinals. So don’t be surprise to see Kemp take off at the plate against once the team begins a three-game series against the Giants on Friday.