|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||520.00||33.00||.219||90.00||71.00||1.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs N.Y. Yankees||19||2||1|| .150|| .263|| .105|
|vs McCarthy (Career)||3||2||2||2.667||.667||.667|
|vs RHP||276||62||21|| .282|| .504|| .225|
|08/21/2014||Starling Marte, LF PIT||Chris Carter, DH HOU|
|08/21/2014||Kyle Seager, 3B SEA|
Michael Morse, LF SF
Bartolo Colon, SP NYM
Drew Stubbs, CF COL
Clayton Kershaw, SP LAD
Zack Wheeler, SP NYM
Jedd Gyorko, 2B SD
Dan Haren, SP LAD
Travis d'Arnaud, C NYM
DJ LeMahieu, 2B COL
Trevor Rosenthal, RP STL
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B MIL|
Jose Bautista, RF TOR
Jordan Zimmermann, SP WAS
Chris Sale, SP CHW
Wilin Rosario, C COL
David Robertson, RP NYY
Howie Kendrick, 2B LAA
Alcides Escobar, SS KC
Chris Carter, DH HOU
Madison Bumgarner, SP SF
Jake McGee, RP TB
|08/21/2014||Kennys Vargas, 1B MIN|
Adam Wainwright, SP STL
Eric Hosmer, 1B KC
Chris Carter, DH HOU
|Jose Abreu, 1B CHW|
Jordan Lyles, SP COL
Jarrod Dyson, CF KC
Taijuan Walker, SP SEA
|Last 10 Games|
|Chris Carter's 30th homer a big one |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(8/20/14) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter continued his hot-hitting ways Tuesday, as he slugged the team to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees.
Carter was hitless with four strikeouts heading into the ninth inning, but made up for that with one swing. With the score tied at 4-4, Carter unleashed a three-run blast to put the Astros up for good.
Carter has established a new career-high with his 30th home run of the season, and he has 72 RBI to go with that, just 10 off his best total. He is hitting .233/.301/.519 in 110 games overall.
|Chris Carter one home run shy of 30 |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(8/17/14) Astros DH Chris Carter is one home run shy of 30 after belting his 29th home run Saturday at Boston. Carter was 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBI.
Carter put Houston ahead 3-0 with a sac fly in the second inning before giving Houston a 6-3 lead with a solo home run in the fourth inning. Unfortunately, Houston would lose the game 10-7.
Carter has been on quite the power surge, homering 16 times in his last 35 games. He has a .741 slugging percentage and 1.123 OPS in that span. Carter is also batting .333 with seven doubles, 31 runs and 39 RBI in his last 35 games.
|Does Chris Carter have staying power? |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(8/13/14) If you've owned Chris Carter for any of the last five weeks, you're probably pleased with both him for hitting a bunch of home runs -- 15 in his last 31 games, to be exact -- and yourself for having the foresight to start this player whose batting average only recently eclipsed the Mendoza line.
Considering it's up to a not-so-embarassing .230 now, it feels like ancient history, but it was really only a month ago. In fact, at the start of it all, Carter was batting a ghastly .182 with a .664 OPS. Can a player really change that much that fast? Has Carter?
Yes and no. While he's not the .328 hitter he's been in his last 31 games, he was due for a big correction with the way his season started. And judging by his .262 BABIP, down from .311 last year and .295 the year before, he's still due for more.
Granted, the abundance of home runs might be skewing that number a bit -- they don't count as "balls in play" -- but who's to say he hasn't improved as a power hitter at age 27? He wouldn't be the first. Even with all his limitations, the potential to hit 40 home runs with full-time at-bats would make Carter kind of like another Mark Trumbo. You drafted Trumbo at the start of the year expecting to play him every week, hot or cold, right? I sure did.
So while Carter is sure to cool off at some point, I won't be so quick to drop him, particularly in Rotisserie leagues, when he finally does.
|Chris Carter adds to home run total |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(8/13/14) Astros outfielder/first basemen Chris Carter belted two home runs Tuesday against the Twins.
Carter hit a two-run shot in the third inning, and struck again in his next at-bat. With two men on, Carter smashed an 81 mph slider out to left for the three-run homer. It was the sixth time this season Carter has hit more than one home run in a game. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and five RBI.
He now has 28 home runs on the season -- one shy of his career-high of 29 from last year -- and 66 RBI. His batting average is up to .230 on the season thanks to a .315 clip since July 1.
|Though the Athletics never seemed willing to commit to Chris Carter, who was considered their top prospect once upon a time, the Astros turned over an everyday job to him right away, playing him at first base, left field, DH -- wherever they could find at-bats for him, really. What does defense matter for a rebuilding club, right? Unfortunately, defense wasn't the only shortcoming for the hulking 27-year-old. Carter led the majors with 212 strikeouts, whiffing nearly every two at-bats. He won't hit for average if he keeps that up, and he's old enough now that you have to assume he will. A high walk rate helps offset the low batting average in real life, but in Fantasy, walks only count in Head-to-Head leagues, where the strikeouts already destroy Carter's value. Nope, his best use is as a home run specialist late in Rotisserie leagues. His 29 home runs last year were tied for 15th-most in baseball, and that was with him hitting an inexplicable .164 at Minute Maid Park, which is a great venue for right-handed power hitters. Of course, with top prospects George Springer and Jonathan Singleton entering the fold, Carter could get the squeeze if he slumps early, but for the price of a late-round pick, he's not too much of a gamble.
(Updated 1/9/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|8/22/14||@ CLE||7:05 pm||Carlos Carrasco|
|8/23/14||@ CLE||7:05 pm||Danny Salazar|
|8/24/14||@ CLE||1:05 pm||Trevor Bauer|
|8/25/14||OAK||8:10 pm||Jason Hammel|
|8/26/14||OAK||8:10 pm||Jeff Samardzija|
|8/27/14||OAK||8:10 pm||Sonny Gray|
|8/28/14||TEX||8:10 pm||Nick Tepesch|