In a season filled with injuries thus far, fantasy managers are surely seeking replacements. Here are three players well worth adding in ESPN leagues:
Matt Carpenter, 3B/1B, St. Louis Cardinals
You’re going to want a piece of the Cardinals offense during these final 11 regular-season days. The team has more games remaining on the schedule (13) than anyone except the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals, who have the same number left — and that’s excluding the two games the Cardinals had postponed against the Detroit Tigers that appear unlikely to be made up. The games they do have look quite favorable for hitters. There’s five against a Pittsburgh Pirates team that has a 5.19 team ERA, three against a Kansas City Royals team lacking in experience in the rotation, and a season-ending five against the Milwaukee Brewers at home.
Considering the Brewers’ current rotation is entirely right-handed, the Royals have only two left-handed rotation members, and the Pirates have just one (and that’s Steven Brault, who might not even be considered locked-in), Carpenter’s left-handed bat stands out. He picked up his play at the onset of September, slashing .250/.382/.500 in his…