The Cardinals host Pittsburgh for three games and Colorado for the final four games of the season. There are only a quite a few Cardinals worth starting this week.
Albert Pujols batted .409 with three home runs and nine RBIs last week. He has put together another fine fantasy season with 42 home runs, 116 RBIs, and scoring 112 runs while batting .311. Pujols is battling Joey Votto of Cincinnati and Miguel Cabrera of Detroit for the top fantasy first baseman. It will go down to the final game to see who will get that top spot. This season against the Pirates and Rockies he has batted .344 with five home runs and 12 RBI’s. Pujols must remain active because he is capable of putting up huge numbers at any time.
Matt Holliday had his 16 game hitting streak come to an end last Saturday against Chicago. Last week he batted .280 with no home runs and one RBI. Holliday has put together a solid fantasy season with a batting average of .311, 27 home runs, 100 RBI’s, and 94 runs scored. This season against the Pirates and Rockies he is batting .400 with five home runs and 12 RBI’s. He should be a solid option for the final week of the season. Make sure he is in your starting lineup.
Colby Rasmus batted .272 with no home runs and one RBI last week. His production has been solid this month while batting .345. This season against the Pirates and Rockies he is batting .317 with one home run and six RBI’s. Rasmus remains a viable fantasy option for the final week of the season.
Adam Wainwright won his 20th game last Friday against the Cubs. He pitched six innings while allowing just one earned run. Wainwright is back on track while winning three of his last four starts. His record is 20-11 with 213 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.42. His next scheduled start is Wednesday against the Pirates. He is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA against the Pirates this season. Wainwright should be active in all formats for the final week of the season.
Chris Carpenter has lost his last four starts. During that span he has an ERA of 8.44 while allowing 20 runs in 21 1/3 innings pitched. His next scheduled start is Friday against the Rockies. Carpenter took the loss while allowing four earned runs in his only start against the Rockies this season. Even though he has not been himself lately, he is still having a decent season. His record is 15-9 with 175 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.30. I cannot imagine Carpenter ending the season with a five game losing streak. I look for a season ending bounce back and I recommend starting him for the final week of the season.
No other Cardinal players are worth giving your fantasy team the help for the final week.