(KMOV) -- A lot of fantasy baseball general managers would love to bolster their pitching staff for the second half with a highly productive pitcher. Could Chris Carpenter be that guy?
He's available in most leagues, having missed the entire 2013 season with back and shoulder issues.
Carpenter threw well in his rehab start Monday night at Double A Springfield, touching 94 mpg on the radar gun. He said he felt fine after he pitched his 2 2.2 innings.
So, should you click on the free agent tab and pick up Carpenter for your rotation? I wouldn't recommend it.
If and when Carpenter completes his rehab work he'll likely go to the Cardinals bullpen. He won't be the closer, so forget about the saves category.
Carpenter isn't really a strikeout pitcher. He's more of a "pitch to contact" guy now, so he wouldn't have much value as a set-up guy or long reliever. Unless something changes with the current make-up of the Cardinals five man rotation, and Carpenter comes back as a starting pitcher, his fantasy value is limited.
Here are two guys I would recommend that are probably available in your league: Chad Gaudin of the San Francisco Giants and Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Gaudin missed part of the season with an injury but he's come back strong. He's now part of the Giants rotation, and in his last three starts he's thrown 16 innings, allowed just two earned runs and struck out 15.
Archer is a 24 year old right-hander with the Rays who was dominant in his last start, throwing a complete game shutout with eight k's against the Astros. He went six innings in the start before that and didn't allow an earned run. He's allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last eight starts.
Neither Gaudin nor Archer will have the long term career that Chris Carpenter has had, but for fantasy baseball they're both better options for the second half of the season.