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Hitter/pitcher of the month: September 

Chase Headley

Hitter of the month:

3B – Chase Headley

September totals:  305/424/573 – 5 HR, 7 2B, 14 RBI

As strong months go, this was about as quiet as they get.  Of course, Chase was better last September; but this year’s final month was his best, nearly hitting the magic 1.000 OPS figure.  Headley’s September is made more remarkable by the fact he battled a foot injury nearly the entire time, even costing him a few games.  Now comes the hard part: what to do with his contract after an other-worldly 2012 and a sub-par 2013.

Pitcher of the month:

RHP – Andrew Cashner

September totals: 2-1, 0.76 ERA, 0.42 WHIP, .115 opp. AVG, 7.98 K/9

There is no doubt at all that Cashner is the star of 2013.  His September numbers are a little unfair to the other members of the rotation, in that Cash kept getting more rest between starts.  However there is no denying his dominance while he posted a sub-1 ERA and allowed fewer than half a runner per inning.  The only knock on him during his entire career has been a string of injuries.  In 2013, the right hander showed just exactly what he can do when he is not injured.  Cashner follows in a line of dominant, hard-throwing right handers going back to Jake Peavy and then to Mat Latos.  Time will tell if Padre fans get to enjoy this new version for a long time to come.

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About the author: Richard Dorsha

The Padres above all others. There is nothing else in sports I want more than a Padres World Series title. My sports fandom begins and ends with the Friars. A San Diegan and Padre fan for more than 30 years now. Love to view the Padres from a historical context after reading about the team's humble beginnings to the dream come true of joining the National League. Been to more Padre games than I can count, seen more hours of Padre baseball than I care to mention.