Cardinals Fantasy Report – Bring on Philly and the Cubs

The second half of the season is in full swing with the Cardinals hosting the Phillies for four games and on the road to take on the Cubs for three games over the weekend. This could be a very productive week for fantasy owners who are lucky enough to own any Cardinal. Looking at the matchups for the week, it is certain to be a good one.

Albert Pujols may only have a .308 average (BA) this season but his other numbers are very productive. He has a career .342 BA after the break and most likely will find his BA improving towards the .330 mark. As always, Pujols should be active in all formats. Matt Holliday is heating up even more and making fantasy owners smile right now. In July, Holliday is batting .320, 10 R’s, 3 2B’s, 5 HR’s, 15 RBI’s in 14 games. When facing the Phillies and Cubs, he has a career .308 BA, 15 HR’s, 48 RBI, in 70 games. Holliday is an elite outfielder and should be active in all formats. Colby Rasmus was back in the lineup against the Dodgers after having a hamstring issue. He has a .310 BA for so far in July and when facing the Phillies and Cubs he has a .353 BA this season. Rasmus is producing quite well and with the lineup around him, he should be active in most formats.

Adam Wainwright has a record of 14-5 with an ERA of 2.02. He is scheduled to pitch Thursday at home, where his ERA is down to 1.31. Wainwright has only allowed one earned run in his last 29 1/3 innings. He should be active in all formats with his elite fantasy status. Chris Carpenter, after going winless in his previous 3 starts, has finally put everything back together with the win in his last appearance. His record is now 10-3, 3.16 ERA, and has 114 strikeouts this season. Carpenter’s career ERA is not all that great against the Phillies but holds a 10-3 record and 2.73 ERA against the Cubs. He is scheduled for a two-start week and should be active in all formats. Jaime Garcia is scheduled to pitch against the Phillies on Wednesday. He is 8-4 with a 2.27 ERA for the season. Garcia is still a reliable starting pitcher but fantasy owners need to watch him over the next few starts. I would be concerned fatigue could start setting in since he has giving up 17 hits in his last two starts. He should be active in all formats as long as his ERA remains amongst league best. Ryan Franklin has been solid all season. His ERA is currently 3.50 and without the Colorado game where he allowed 6 runs, his ERA would be 2.02. He has not allowed a run since and should have many save opportunities this week. Keep him active in all formats.

Ryan Ludwick will miss out versus Philadelphia but could be active when the Cardinals are at Wrigley Field. Ludwick tears it up with a career .351 BA, 14 R’s, 8 2B’s, 6 HR’s, 25 RBI’s in 23 games at Wrigley. It is too bad he is on the DL with a strained left calf. There is a possibility he could be activated for the Chicago series, but he would be a risky start.

Fantasy Minor League Profile of the week:

Jon Jay is the Minor League Profile of the week. Even though he is not in the minor leagues right now, he would still qualify as a minor leaguer in most fantasy leagues. He was selected in the 2nd round (No. 74 overall) of the June 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Jay will not be an elite prospect but could be the type of prospect to give your team runs, doubles, stolen bases, and batting average. There is a log jam in the St, Louis outfield which will limit his playing time. So unless Jay is in the lineup full time, I recommend keeping him on your minor league roster.

AVE AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Minors .321 165 31 53 16 0 4 32 17 22 13 .394 .491
MLB .360 75 16 27 7 0 3 10 5 13 0 .387 .589

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