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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 went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday.
That makes 21 strikeouts in 44 at-bats for the right-handed hitting 1B/DH this season. Carter is also homerless on the year, batting .136/.240/.227 with one RBI. He's too talented to take out of the weak Astros lineup altogether, but manager Bo Porter may soon give Carter some days off or move him down in the lineup while he tries to figure it out. Apr 15 - 11:31 PM

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Chris Carter went hitless Thursday to finish the series against the Yankees 1-for-10 with four strikeouts and one walk.

The Astros won't have any sort of quick hook with Carter, but his play slipped in the second half of last year and he was lousy this spring, hitting .214/.233/.375 with 16 strikeouts in 56 at-bats. It remains to be seen if he should really be in the team's plans going forward.
Apr 3 - 11:35 PM

Chris Carter went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against the Phillies on Thursday and is hitting .214 with just one homer in 42 at-bats this spring.

Carter figured to be the Astros' cleanup hitter, but he's mostly been batting fifth behind Marc Krauss, potentially making him an even weaker bet in runs scored and RBI. Last year, he hit 29 homers, but still finished with just 64 runs scored and 82 RBI in 506 at-bats. He stands to be a 1 1/2-category player and one of the AL's biggest liabilities when it comes to batting average.
Mar 20 - 4:49 PM

Chris Carter hit a three-run homer Saturday against the Yankees.

Of Carter's five hits in 20 at-bats this spring, four have gone for extra bases. The Astros would prefer he's not quite so all or nothing this year -- he struck out 212 times last season -- but he is locked into their lineup as the everyday DH and cleanup hitter.
Mar 8 - 5:37 PM

Chris Carter went 1-for-4 and plated the Astros lone run in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

Carter drove home Jose Altuve with an RBI groundout in the fourth inning, and that wound up being the extent of the Astros offense against Andy Pettitte in this one. While his .225 average is troublesome, Carter has been a strong run producer in the middle of the Astros lineup with 29 homers and 82 RBI.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 10:21:00 PM

Chris Carter homered for the second straight game in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

His solo shot in the second inning got the scoring going, but the Astros were outscored 9-1 the rest of the way. After going 14 games without a longball, Carter has now gone deep in two straight and is one dinger shy from reaching 30 for the season.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 04:25:00 PM

Chris Carter went 3-for-4 with a home run against the Indians on Saturday.

The homer was his first since September 3. Not much good has come out of Houston this year, but Carter has now quietly hit 28 home runs this season for the Astros. He's also got 78 RBI for the year.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 08:59:00 PM

Chris Carter went 3-for-4 with two walks, two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's victory against the Mariners.

Carter was locked in tonight after going hitless in his previous two. He's batting only .222, but ranks 10th in the American League with 27 homers. Carter has collected 74 RBI and 59 runs.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 01:43:00 AM

Chris Carter belted his 26th home run of the season, accounting for all of the Astros' scoring in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox.

Carter also doubled in the game, finishing the night 2-for-4. His sixth inning blast off Chris Sale briefly tied the game at 1-1 before the White Sox pulled away the following inning. As expected, his .218 average is nothing to write home about, but he's certainly a worthwhile fantasy contributor in the power categories with 26 bombs and 70 RBI on the year.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 11:07:00 PM

Chris Carter had a two-run homer in the fifth, an RBI single in the seventh and a solo homer in the ninth as the Astros beat the White Sox 10-8 on Monday.

Matt Dominguez and Carter went back-to-back in the ninth to put Houston on top. Carter is up to 25 homers on the year, which would be better if it wasn't nearly one-third of his hit total. He's batting .181 in 116 at-bats since the All-Star break and .215 overall.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 12:21:00 AM

Chris Carter knocked in five with a three-run homer, a single and a sac fly as the Astros topped the Angels 8-2 on Friday.

The homer came off Joe Blanton, but it'll count in the stats anyway. It was Carter's fourth in seven games and 23rd on the year. Even after the two-hit day, Carter is still batting just .159 since the All-Star break. With 160 strikeouts in 111 games, he seems on his way to reaching 200 on the season.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 11:45:00 AM

Chris Carter smacked a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the A's.

It was his only hit in five at-bats. Carter has homered in three of his last five games. Owners are forced to stomach Carter's .213 batting average in order to enjoy his 22 round-trippers, a transaction that only makes sense in AL-only leagues. The 6-foot-4, 245 pounder is on pace to finish with 30 home runs.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 01:49:00 AM

Chris Carter pounded out a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

Houston's offense did nothing against Martin Perez through 8 2/3 innings before Carter connected with his blast over the left field wall. The 6-foot-4, 245 pounder has smacked solo homers in consecutive games. Carter's .213 batting average is atrocious, and he's struck out an amazing 153 times in 357 at-bats, but AL-only owners certainly appreciate the 21 homers and 54 RBI he's contributed to this point.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 07:19:00 PM

Chris Carter was held out of the lineup for the second consecutive game Wednesday as he attempts to work through his slump.

Carter has gone 10-for-74 (.135) since July 4. "He's worked extremely hard in the cage, watching video with [hitting coach] John Mallee, and it was more like kind of take a break and take a step back and really evaluate things in which he was doing and also look at some of the things he wasn't doing well and why he was in the funk he's in," Porter said. "With the off-day, it almost gives him three days off and he'll be back in there on Friday."
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 08:53:00 PM

Chris Carter went 0-for-3 with a walk on Thursday and is batting .184 in 49 at-bats for the month.

Carter does have three homers and 10 walks in 49 at-bats, so it's a pretty good .184, if that's any consolation. Really, though, he needs to up his season average from its current .221 to ensure that he's kept in Houston's 2014 plans.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 10:03:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Jason Castro
2Carlos Corporan
1B1Marc Krauss
2Jesus Guzman
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Jonathan Villar
2Marwin Gonzalez
3B1Matt Dominguez
LF1Alex Presley
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1George Springer
2L.J. Hoes
DH1Chris Carter
Starting Pitcher
S1Scott Feldman
2Jarred Cosart
3Brett Oberholtzer
4Dallas Keuchel
5Asher Wojciechowski
Relief Pitcher
R1Jesse Crain
2Josh Fields
3Matt Albers
4Chad Qualls
5Kevin Chapman
6Anthony Bass
7Jerome Williams
8Paul Clemens
9Brad Peacock
10Alex White