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September splits: Will Derrek Lee bust out?

8/26/2010

The fine month of August is coming to an end soon, so now is an opportune time to check out hitters with interesting career numbers in the season's final month. It's not a guarantee that if someone has thrived in previous Septembers that he will again, but at least it's something to keep in mind. I'll be brief with the comments in order to get more names in:

Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies: He's owned in every league, but in case you Howard owners were wondering how you might move up in the power categories, note that Howard has led the big leagues in September RBIs each of the past two seasons, and was close to leading in 2007.

Juan Uribe, 2B/SS/3B, San Francisco Giants: Think you need to sell high on this surprise player and his 17 home runs? Uribe hit .347 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs last September, and in a long career, he has hit .297 during the month. His career batting average in other months is .247.

Derrek Lee, 1B, Atlanta Braves: Not having his best season, and not really amping things up since being traded to Atlanta, but last September he hit .386 with a league-leading nine home runs.

Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, Cleveland Indians: He's not doing much in the power/speed department this season, but I remember him hitting .416 in September 2008. Maybe he'll run more since he has missed so much time this season and shouldn't be fatigued.

Ryan Doumit, C, Pittsburgh Pirates: He'll likely pick up outfield eligibility this weekend, and it's for that reason I like him in September. Most catchers are exhausted by then. Doumit has hit .276 in September for his career, with the second-best OPS of any month.

Mark Ellis, 2B, Oakland Athletics: Usually a double-digit provider of home runs, Ellis isn't doing that, but September is his best month historically, with a .289 batting average and usable power.

Jorge Cantu, 1B/3B, Texas Rangers: The team says he'll start seeing more regular playing time, which should bode well. While his situation is different in Texas, Cantu has been one of the most reliable run producers the past two Septembers, knocking in 48 runs.

Alberto Callaspo, 2B/3B, Los Angeles Angels: Spunky player has been hitting third, and September is his best career month for RBIs, stolen bases, slugging percentage and OPS.

Adam LaRoche, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks: What list of any second-half hitters can ignore him? LaRoche hit .330 last September, and he's a career .302 hitter in the month.

Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati Reds: While everyone oohs and aahs for Joey Votto, another lefty hitter on the team has nice September numbers and is actually available in 20 percent of leagues. Bruce hit .353 last September, with four home runs and 16 RBIs in only 34 at-bats.

Adam Kennedy, 1B/2B/3B, Washington Nationals: His best month has been September, buoyed in part by hitting .351 last year. He's going to play regularly and can steal bases.

Jose Bautista, 3B/OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Last season Bautista hit eight of his 13 home runs for the season in September. We should have known then! Why can't he do at least that this September and reach 50 home runs for the season. Incredible.