Author Mark Simon highlights several things that have ailed Kemp this season; here’s one more: Kemp is getting behind in the count a lot and not making pitchers pay when he gets ahead. According to ESPN’s chart, Kemp is 10 for 37 (.270) when he’s behind in the count and 4 for 17 (.235) when he’s ahead.
Here is ESPN’s “heat map” for balls in play/strikeouts when Kemp was ahead in the count last season:
That’s how you make a pitcher pay.
Onto some bullet points: