On September 2nd, Tsuyoshi Nishioka (LOT) was batting .328 and was on track to finish the season with a 196 hits. Since then, he's gone on a bit of a tear and went 28-for-63 (.444) and is now on track to finish the season with 204 hits. An impressive push from Nishioka down the stretch.
Note: this isn't to take anything away from Matt Murton or Norichika Aoki. They have also increased their hit rates since September 2nd -- Murton went from batting .343 to .352 and Aoki from .350 to .358.
I think it's also safe to say that at this point, Munenori Kawasaki is out of the running.
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Based on the current rates: