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Last day to vote Matt Kemp in as All-Star starter

June 29, 2011 |  4:58 pm

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It’s getting down to it for the Matt Kemp All-Star starting outfielder campaign.

He still trails the Cardinals’ Matt Holiday by almost 200,000 votes for the third and final outfield spot, which is a joke.

Kemp is arguably the National League MVP through the first half and should be a slam dunk. Yet he remains fourth in the latest outfield results, trailing Ryan Braun, Lance Berkman and Holiday.

He should be leading the outfield voting. No other player can match his overall numbers in the N.L.:

He is first in home runs (22), slugging percentage (.628) and on-base plus slugging (1.043), second in batting average (.331) and RBI (63), third in hits (97) and on-base percentage (.415), and fourth in stolen bases (22).

And fourth in the voting in outfield? Crazy stuff.

Holiday started the season well, but has been injured and then faded in June. His numbers, aside from batting average, don’t even compare to Kemp‘s.

It will take a tremendous close for Kemp (2,743,927 votes) to catch Holiday (2,935,965).

The online voting ends Thursday at 8:59 p.m. Each participant is allowed to vote 25 times.

Kemp will be added to the All-Star team anyway, but deserves to start.

You can vote here.

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Photo: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp points to the sky after hitting a two-run home run against the Angels on Friday. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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