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Chris Carter | Designated Hitter

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 244
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Chris Carter hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to lead the Astros to a stunning 4-2 win over the Athletics on Tuesday.
The Astros had been limited to one run by Athletics starter Jason Hammel, but an error and HBP put two runners on for Carter in the eighth inning. Carter made reliever Luke Gregerson pay with his 32nd home run of the season. Carter has now hit 11 homers in 24 August games. He's third in the league with his 32 homers, and Carter has 77 RBI. Barring a September collapse, 2014 will be a career year for the 27-year-old. Aug 26 - 11:04 PM

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After striking out his first four times up, Chris Carter unloaded for his 30th homer of the year Tuesday, a three-run shot that gave the Astros a 7-4 win over the Yankees.

Carter got ahead of David Robertson 3-0 and then blasted the next pitch over the wall in left to surpass his 2013 total of 29 homers. 17 of his 30 have come since the beginning of July. Carter is the first Astro to hit 30 homers since Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee both got there in 2007.
Aug 19 - 11:23 PM

Chris Carter hit two home runs and had five RBI in the Astros' 10-4 win over the Twins on Tuesday.

Carter hit a two-run homer in the third inning before launching a three-run blast in the fifth. It was the continuation of a ridiculous heater for the 27-year-old, who is hitting .315 with 15 home runs, 36 RBI and 29 runs scored since the beginning of July. He's always possessed prodigious power, and his 28 home runs on the season are third-most in the American League behind only Jose Abreu and Nelson Cruz.
Aug 13 - 12:03 AM

Chris Carter belted a pair of two-run home runs, but it wasn't enough for the Astros who fell behind late and lost to the Phillies on Thursday.

Carter gave the Astros a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer off of starter Sean O'Sullivan in the first inning, and padded the lead to 5-1 with another two-run blast off of O'Sullivan in the third. He finished 3-for-4 on the night. The long ball is back in vogue for Carter, who has hit 11 of them since the start of July and has 24 on the season. He's slashing .225/.299/.494 with 57 RBI.
Aug 7 - 10:02 PM

Chris Carter finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a homer, two RBI, three runs scored and a steal in Saturday's 8-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Houston was holding Carter out of the lineup after OPS totals of .599, .784 and .631 over the first three months, but his fortunes dramatically turned during a huge .289/.355/.651 month of July which included eight homers and 18 RBI. Houston reportedly shopped Carter at the deadline and didn't find a deal to its liking, but if he keeps hitting like this, they will have plenty of suitors over the winter.
Aug 2 - 11:51 PM

Chris Carter went 1-for-5 at the plate Thursday in his return to action.

Carter had to be scratched from Wednesday's game due to a stomach bug, but he's fine now. The 27-year-old slugged eight homers in the month of July.
Aug 1 - 3:52 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Astros are looking to trade Chris Carter.

Carter has 21 home runs in 93 games this season but is also sporting a weak .212 batting average and .291 on-base percentage. The 27-year-old will be arbitration-eligible for the first time heading into 2015 and is under contractual control through 2018, so Houston will want something fairly significant in return.
Jul 30 - 4:11 PM

Chris Carter was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a stomach bug.

Carter has been throwing up and is not feeling well enough to play. It's poor timing, as he's red-hot with eight homers over his last 19 games. He should be fine in a day or two, though.
Jul 30 - 12:20 PM

Chris Carter hit a three-run homer off Jesse Chavez on Monday, giving him 21 homers this year.

He hit the first of the Astros' four homers tonight. Carter is 10-for-29 in his last eight games, raising his average from .200 to .214.
Jul 28 - 11:51 PM

Chris Carter went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the A's.

Carter has now blown by the Mendoza Line, as he's up to a .213 average. The two RBI brought him up to 43 on the year. Carter hasn't ever been one to hit for average, but he does have nineteen home runs and a .478 slugging percentage, which tells you that he makes his hits count. Always a hot/cold slugger, Carter's on the scorching side this month, slashing .306/.352/.735 for July.
Jul 23 - 2:45 AM

Chris Carter hit a pair of solo homers in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

Carter has two two-homer games over the past four days and has gone deep six times over his last six games. He's now tied for eighth in the AL with 19 homers, though he's done it with a .203 batting average and a .280 on-base percentage. In other words, he's pretty much doing what was expected of him.
Jul 12 - 12:05 AM

Chris Carter hit two home runs as the Astros bested the Rangers 8-3 on Tuesday.

Carter connected off of Neftali Feliz in the sixth inning before taking Aaron Poreda deep in the eighth. The homers give him four jacks in his last four games, and he's 7-for-20 with six runs scored and seven RBI in his last five. The blasts give him 17 home runs overall. It's about all he does well -- he's batting just .194/.274/.446 for the year -- but in AL-only leagues where pop is hard to come by, Carter is a decent source of power, if nothing else.
Jul 9 - 1:04 AM

Chris Carter hit a grand slam in a losing cause Saturday against the Angels.

It was his second career slam, the other also coming this year. Despite that, Carter has just 35 RBI to go along with his 15 homers this year. His average has been below the Mendoza Line for a month now, and he shows no real sign of taking a step forward. 30-homer power alone isn't enough to make him a decent regular.
Jul 6 - 1:43 AM

Chris Carter went 1-for-5 with a walk-off solo home run in Thursday's 10-inning win over the D'Backs.

Carter picked a good time to get his first hit of the ballgame, blasting his 13th homer of the season off of J.J. Putz to send the Astros home happy. Aside from the power, though, Carter has left a lot to be desired offensively. He's slashing .199/.291/.464 with 69 strikeouts in 223 plate appearances.
Jun 12 - 11:54 PM

Chris Carter hit a pair of solo homers Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks.

Carter's last four hits have all been homers. They've been spread out over nine days, but that's still pretty good. Overall, Carter is hitting .199 with 12 homers and 29 RBI in 191 at-bats. Lifetime, he has 60 homers in 1,029 at-bats, but he still hasn't proven himself to be a quality regular. He has to improve the rest of the way to remain in Houston's plans for 2015.
Jun 11 - 11:08 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Carlos Corporan
1B1Jon Singleton
2Jesus Guzman
3Marc Krauss
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Marwin Gonzalez
3B1Matt Dominguez
LF1Jake Marisnick
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Alex Presley
RF1George Springer
2Robbie Grossman
DH1Chris Carter
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Scott Feldman
2Dallas Keuchel
3Collin McHugh
4Brett Oberholtzer
5Brad Peacock
6Samuel Deduno
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Chad Qualls
2Jesse Crain
3Matt Albers
4Tony Sipp
5Josh Fields
6Darin Downs
7Jose Veras
8Samuel Deduno
9Jake Buchanan
10Michael Foltynewicz
11Kevin Chapman
12Jose Cisnero