Is Chris Carpenter worth a look for my team which is competing hard down the stretch?!
Chris Carpenter, hmmm, Chris Carpenter. I spent $2 on the bum in one of my drafts even though he was gonna be on the DL to start the year and for how long, no one knew.
Flash forward to September 21st, Carpenter is set to start at Wrigley against the terrible Cubs.
This comes at a time that will be pivotal for owners competing in various league styles.
Here is exactly how I’d approach Carpenter, depending on the situation you are in.
If you are in a head-to-head match-up, you need to really know what you need to win. One bad outing can take you out of the running for ERA and WHIP in such a short time frame. However if you are going against a team that is sure to own pitching with aces then maybe you just try to poach a counting stat like Ks from them and stream in as many pitchers as you can. Of course, for this to matter you need to dominate hitting but say you are doing that. I think I would roll the dice on Carpenter!
If you are in a Roto style league then you need to understand what a bad start will mean to your team. If you are down .50 in ERA and only up by .05 on the guy trailing you, then you could easily lose a point with a bad outing. Same goes for WHIP of course. On the other hand, the same goes for if you need counting stats like Ks or a win. Carpenter should still stand to get a win even if he can’t pitch lights out, as the Cardinals are a much better team than the Cubs.
Now taking these sort of things into consideration, you need to decide if you trust how healthy Carpenter is. I would trust Carpenter to know when he is ready. He is a seasoned veteran, so he likely has a good understanding of coming back right for the sake of his team down the stretch and for his own health.
Now let’s look at his first two match-ups. He is on the road at Wrigley and at Houston. On the road is obviously tougher than pitching at home for any pitcher, BUT I don’t think you can ask for two better match ups that the Cubs and Astros.
So what is the verdict you say? I would roll the dice with Carpenter. Hopefully I am right about this guy!