Matt Kemp has arguably been the NL's best hitter. He also steals bases and plays a premium defensive position. But the Dodgers are nine game under .500. Where does that leave Kemp in the NL MVP race? Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts has an excellent take on Kemp's candidacy and how he compares to other contenders.
History is against Kemp -- only two MVP winners in the past 20 years have played on losing teams, Alex Rodriguez with the Rangers in 2003 and Cal Ripken with the Orioles in 1991. But if you're a believer the "best player, regardless of the quality of his teammates" theory of voting, Kemp should be near the very top of the ballot.