Cardinals Fantasy Report

This week the Cardinals travel to Cincinnati for three games and host Chicago for a three game weekend series. Look for a good week from these Cardinals to give your fantasy team a boost.

Albert Pujols showed last week that having a batting average under .300 was just temporary. The last seven games, he has batted .500 with five home runs, 11 RBI’s, and scored 10 runs. Pujols is now batting .310 with 28 home runs, and 82 RBI’s. He looks to be on track for another MVP season and making fantasy owners very happy. This season he is batting .338 with seven home runs and 20 RBI’s against the Reds and Cubs. Matt Holliday should have a good week. This season against the Reds and Cubs he is batting .353 with two home runs and 11 RBI’s. On the season he is batting .299 with 22 home runs and 67 RBI’s. Those stats put Holliday in outfield elite status. As always Pujols and Holliday should be active in all fantasy formats.

Colby Rasmus has been a mystery as of late. He has been inconsistent and it has become difficult to know when he should be in the line-up. The last seven games Rasmus is batted .333 with two home runs, five RBI’s, and scored seven runs. Those are the stats fantasy owners can live with. This season against the Reds and Cubs, he is batting .232 with three home runs, seven RBI’s, while striking out 21 times in 16 games. With those stats I recommend to sit Rasmus this week. Jon Jay will not put up the power numbers as a typical outfielder. He is batting .371 and an on base percentage of .417. As long as he continues to get on base, take a flier on him. Jay can definitely help a team which needs batting average help.

Adam Wainwright showed fantasy owners why he is an elite fantasy starting pitcher with a complete game two hit shutout against the Marlins in his last start. This season he is 16-6 with a 2.07 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 154 strikeouts. He is currently scheduled to pitch Wednesday against Cincinnati. Wainwright is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two starts against the Reds. He is a must start in all fantasy formats. Chris Carpenter is currently scheduled to pitch Monday against Cincinnati. He has not lost to the Reds in the last two seasons going 7-0 with a 1.29 ERA. This season in three starts against the Reds he is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA, 15 strikeouts, and three walks over 21 innings pitched. With those numbers, Carpenter has to be a must start pitcher in all fantasy formats.

Jaime Garcia is currently scheduled to pitch Tuesday against Cincinnati. In two starts against the Reds this season he is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA. Even though Garcia was knocked around against Houston in his last start, hopefully he can rebound and give a strong outing. So far he is 9-5 with a 2.52 ERA. He remains a solid option in all fantasy formats. Ryan Franklin had another bad outing on Saturday. He was charged with his second blown save of the season. With two bad outings in a row, confidence that Franklin will finish the season out strong is diminishing. His fantasy value is still solid in mixed leagues but I would monitor his performances this week. If Franklin continues to pitch like his last two outings, he will join the find and replace group.

4 thoughts on “Cardinals Fantasy Report

  1. Anyone who thought Pujols was going to bat under .300 for the season is a fool!

    The dude is money, and I am SO envious of Cardinals fans for taking him from my city.

    It seems as if the Royals are making a point to take later round KC kids ever since Pujouls became a legit MLB stud.

    Travis
    http://oneroyalway.com

  2. Hi Travis, I am of course not one of the people who thought Pujols was done and going to finish under .300. Pujols is too good to allow that to happen. Maybe the Royals can find a diamond in the rough.
    Thanks for the posting. I will check out oneroyalway.com

    Scott

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