Good September Bats:
1. Ryan Howard- .288/.375/.541, 27 rbi with J-Roll, Vic, and Utley struggling to get on base in front on him.
2. Raul Ibanez- .264/.358/.549, the average isn't great but the OPS is (.908) as his power stroke returned (7 hr).
3. Jayson Werth- .250/.376/.448, like Raul his average is mediocre, but his on base % is decent.
4. Carlos Ruiz- .314/.410/.490, a hot August and September has made his season look very good from the 8 hole.
5. Ben Francisco- .295/.311/.568, perfect 4th outfielder.
6. Jimmy Rollins- .277/.326/.469, 20 runs and 17 rbi.
7. Paul Bako- .275/.370/.375, better production than expected.
Bad September Bats:
1. Shane Victorino- .239/.291/.376, and 1-8 in October.
2. Chase Utley- .204/.304/.343, and hitless in his last 15 at bats.
3. Pedro Feliz- .229/.257/.367, bleh.
Greg Dobbs, Eric Bruntlett, Miguel Cairo, Andy Tracy, Paul Hoover, Matt Stairs, and John Mayberry Jr. didn't play enough to warrant a good/bad distinction.
From Jayson Stark:
NL Cy Yuk- Brad Lidge
"In a sport that defies explanation anyway, Lidge has had a year that makes explanation officially impossible. Not that that has stopped him from continuing to be what he's always been -- the all-time stand-up pro's pro. He's been there at his locker after all 11 of his excruciating blown saves, trying to explain the unexplainable. But as hard as he may have tried, explaining this mess just couldn't be done. Could it? Think about this: Is there any other line of work in which a person could spend a year doing his job better than anyone else in history has ever done it -- and then, the very next season, spend a year doing that same job worse than anyone else has ever done it? That doesn't even make sense. But it happened to Brad Lidge. From no blown saves last year to 11 this year (the most by any NL closer since 1998). From a 1.95 ERA last year to 7.34 this year (not just the highest of anyone in history with 13 or more saves, but the highest by any reliever who pitched this much, period). From a year in which he went 19-for-19 saving one-run games (counting the postseason) to a year in which he has blown nine of 15 in one-run games (by far the most in baseball). Somehow or other, the Phillies still won their division by a mile. So they played over their closer's lack of closing. But the one thing they couldn't do was save Lidge from collecting this Cy Yuk Award."
He also listed Ryan Howard and Chase Utley in his top 5 for NL MVP, JA Happ in the mix for NL ROY, and Charlie Manuel for NL Manager of the Year.