By Cody Fields
Josh Hamilton - Texas Rangers
After going through a particularly horrid July, Hamilton has turned it back around to be the player we remember so fondly. Hamilton has hit three homers over the last week, good 1.577 OPS.
Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates
Anytime someone is in range for a Triple Crown, you start the guy. Seriously, McCutchen is hitting .362 with 23 homers and 71 RBIs. Anytime you can get that kind of production, you take it.
Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
If anyone has threatened to steal Bryce Harper's rookie thunder in 2012, it's been Mike Trout. Trout has jacked 21 home runs in just 93 games, all while stealing 37 bases already. It also happens that he's hitting .340. It's Trout season in Anaheim. Or Los Angeles. Wherever they play.
Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants
Posey has swung the hottest bat out of anyone in the bigs for the last month. Over the last 30 days, Posey has hit .457. Enough said.
Paul Maholm - Atltanta Braves
Maholm carried over his recent success with the Chicago Cubs to the Atlanta Braves when he was traded before the deadline. Over his last nine games, he has shut down opponents to the tune of a 1.18 ERA, capping that off with a three-hit shut out of the New York Mets in his most recent start.
Paul Konerko - Chicago White Sox
After a blazing hot start to begin the season, Konerko has cooled off tremendously, and that may be an understatement. He only has two hits in his last 10 ballgames. We're only a week into August and his average has dropped seven points this month already.
Michael Bourn - Atlanta Braves
Bourn also started ridiculously hot and has already set a new career high for home runs. The catch is that he's only hit .226 over the last month and struck out a whopping 35 times. Not good for a leadoff hitter.
Derek Holland - Texas Rangers
As dominating as Holland was at the end of last season and in the playoffs in 2011, the opposite has been true for 2012. After winning 16 games a year ago, he has scuffled to a 7-6 record with an irksome 4.92 ERA.
Yu Darvish - Texas Rangers
The Rangers starting rotation can't seem to catch a break. Darvish was lights out in April but has since seemed more human. It looks like hitters are figuring him out with his 6.54 ERA over the last month.
Prince Fielder - Detroit Tigers
Fielder has had a true rollercoaster year with his new club. His average was at .321 at the end of May, and then he hit .247 in June. A strong July and very beginning of August has helped him out, but he has slowed over the last week. With only one homer and a .208 average last week, you may want to bench him for a week.
On Fire / Ice Box
|On Fire|| ||Ice Box|
|Dustin Pedroia - Boston Red Sox|| ||Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals|
|John Jay - St. Louis Cardinals|| ||Jon Lester - Boston Red Sox|
|Matt Kemp - Los Angeles Dodgers|| ||Ryan Dempster - Texas Rangers|
|Matt Moore/David Price - Tampa Bay Rays|| ||Jimmy Rollins - Philadelphia Phillies|
|Justin Vargas - Seattle Mariners|| ||Kevin Youkilis - Chicago White Sox|
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. Cody Fields is a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan and freelance journalist. He was the sports editor at North Greenville University from 2006-2009 and has worked with Greenvillescene.com, Examiner.com and Hubpages.com. Also a dedicated guitarist and youth baseball coach, Cody’s Braves dedication runs deep to be permanently inked on his leg, and he wears the number 6 while coaching in honor of Bobby Cox.
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