Six weeks into the season, Andre Ethier can report his surgically repaired right knee is holding up fine.

"Everything feels good," he said.

Ethier entered Saturday as the National League leader in runs batted in with 32.

While teammate Matt Kemp's home run prowess has gained national attention, Ethier has quietly driving in runs on a consistent basis.

"I know what my job is here hitting fourth — giving Matt protection," he said. "Not too many people want to pitch to him no matter what protection is behind him, but I'm just there to pick him up."

Opposing pitchers are becoming increasingly hesitant to pitch to Kemp, who went into Saturday as the National League co-leader in home runs with 12. Kemp walked once every 7.5 plate appearances last month. In the Dodgers' first nine games in May, he drew a walk every 5.3 plate appearances.

Through it all, Ethier has produced regularly.

In the 32 games the Dodgers had played through Friday, Ethier had driven in runs in 18 of them. Only three times has he gone more than a game without an RBI. His longest RBI-less streak was three games and that happened only once.