It's time for the clutch players to step up.
92 at-bats, 18 runs, 8 HR, 20 RBI, 7 SB, .359 AVG
Long known as a good guy in the major leagues, Cameron surprised a great deal of baseball fans when he was suspended for a failed steroid test. Cameron has long been a 20-20 guy who reached a career high of 30 home runs in '04 with the Mets, and has stolen as many as 38 bases with the Reds before getting traded for
When Cameron returned to the diamond after missing time due to a steroid suspension, he was little more than a one-dimensional power bat as he hit 12 home runs with a .209 average through the first 47 games of his season. However, since the All Star break, the power has been complemented by seven steals and a .308 average. In fact, in the last month, Cameron has blasted eight home runs, stolen seven bases, and hit at a .359 clip. For the season, Cameron is showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 35, as he has 23 home runs, 15 steals and a .260 average that sits nine points above his career average. While Cameron is clearly a great pickup for the remainder of this season, he can also be depended upon for 20-20 output for '09.
107 at-bats, 20 runs, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 1 SB, .327 AVG
At Arizona State, Pedroia was a huge prospect, even beating out current Texas Rangers star
After a strong rookie campaign, Pedroia seemed to play to the low expectations of fantasy managers early in the season. In April, his .306 average was solid, but he managed just 13 runs, 1 home run, and 13 RBIs. In May, the middle infielder belted three home runs, but his average slid to .260 for the month. Ever since, Pedroia has been as good as any second baseman in the majors. In June, the 24-year old blasted four home runs to complement a .356 average. In July, Pedroia hit just one home run, but his .350 average more than made up for it. In August, Pedroia suddenly developed a power stroke with six home runs and 20 RBIs in 22 games. Pedroia already has career highs across the board with 101 runs, 15 home runs, and 68 RBIs to complement a .317 average. By next season, Pedroia will likely be off the draft board within the first few rounds.
4 wins, 43.2 IP, 36 K'S, 1.24 ERA, 1.01 WHIP
A first round pick out of high school in '99, Myers has had an up-and-down career in the major leagues. After a 4-5 start to his career, Myers shined bright during his first full major league season, as he set a career high with 14 wins with 143 Ks and a 4.43 ERA. The next season Myers regressed with just 11 wins and a 5.52 ERA. Perhaps his best season to date followed as Myers went 13-8 in '05 with a career best 3.72 ERA and a career high 208 strikeouts. Myers was solid again in '06, as he went 12-7 with a 3.91 ERA and 189 Ks. Last season, the Phillies moved Myers to the bullpen, where he nabbed 21 saves, but his ERA ballooned to 4.33. The Phillies opted to return Myers to their rotation by acquiring closer
Myers' return to the rotation has been anything but smooth. In his first four months of the season, Myers ERA was well over 5, as his record was just 3-9. To his credit, Myers accepted a demotion to the minor leagues to build up some confidence, and since July, he has pitched like an ace. In seven starts since the All-Star break, Myers is 4-1 with 38 strikeouts and a 1.66 ERA. At just 28 years old, the Phillies hurler has 66 career wins. In addition, Philadelphia fans are quick to point out that his clutch pitching has allowed the Phillies to contend with the Mets in the NL East. In fantasy circles, Myers may be far from a sure bet, but he has proven capable of hanging with the elite when he's at his best.