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September Fantasy Awards
September 30, 2003

2003 was a good year for baseball, providing several pennant races and many playoff possibilities all the way through the last week of the season.  The playoffs should be just as competitive, thanks to the high caliber players that have provided your fantasy teams with solid stats the whole year.  Our next article will reveal the 2003 Fantasy Awards, but first let's take a look at September's finest.

AL Fantasy Pitcher of the Month
Roy Halladay
Eddie Guardado saved the Twins all the way into the playoffs, but in fantasy baseball, the team's success doesn't matter.  No one could match Roy Halladay's September, reeling off 5 wins, 42 strikeouts, a 0.70 WHIP and an ERA of 1.41 over a whopping 51 innings.

Honorable Mention
Eddie Guardado - 10 S, 2 W, 1.64 ERA, 0.91 WHIP
Pedro Martinez - 4 W, 37 K, 0.82 ERA, 0.76 WHIP
Byung-Hyun Kim - 3 W, 5 S, 0.00 ERA, 0.54 WHIP

NL Fantasy Pitcher of the Month
Mark Prior
When it mattered most for Cubs fans and for his fantasy owners, Mark Prior came through in a big way.  Prior was dominant, striking out 60 while winning 5 games in September.  His 2.27 ERA was enough to earn him this month's award, beating out teammate and surprise fantasy star Joe Borowski.

Honorable Mention
Joe Borowski - 10 S, 1 W, 0.77 ERA, 0.77 WHIP
Eric Gagne - 9 S, 17 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.85 WHIP
Kerry Wood - 3 W, 47 K, 1.00 ERA, 0.97 WHIP

AL Fantasy Hitter of the Month
Carlos Beltran
Well what else is new?  For the third time in four months, Carlos Beltran earn the Hitter of the Month award with a .317 average, 5 home runs, 17 RBIs, 22 runs, and 11 stolen bases.  Soriano also had a great month, but nobody has done it better than Beltran in September and all season long.

Honorable Mention
Alfonso Soriano - .348, 10 HR, 19 RBI, 20 R, 6 SB
Carl Crawford - .295, 10 SB, 13 RBI

NL Fantasy Hitter of the Month
Scott Podsednik
For the second month in a row, Podsednik takes advantage of the fact that no one really got hot in the NL this month.  Podsednik's stats, though not ungodly, are impressive enough to win this month's award.  For the record, he hit .302, scored 22 runs, stole 9 bases, hit 3 home runs and knocked in 14.

Honorable Mention
Jim Thome - .270, 10 HR, 30 RBI, 24 R
Richard Hidalgo - .344, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 23 R, 4 SB

Hopefully, some of your players showed up on this list over the past 6 months.  If not, then start studying the FPS Reports in the offseason, change your draft strategy, and visit TCO every day!  Your chances will greatly improve.