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23 Chris Carter 1B
Height/Weight: 6-4/250 | Birthdate: 12/18/1986 | Birthplace: Redwood City, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 82/36 | Average Draft Position: 150.38
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Astros first baseman Chris Carter just 1 for 19 to start season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Astros first baseman Chris Carter is still trying to find his way at the plate to begin the season. Manager A.J. Hinch doesn't think it's a big enough issue to bring it up to him yet, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"I like that we've been able to keep our head above water a little bit without that kind of production," Hinch said. "To sort of hold serve – or whatever analogy I can use – is important for us to stay afloat while those guys are getting themselves on track."

Carter is just 1 for 19 to begin the season, but he thinks some of his outs could have gone either way.

"I hit some balls hard that were caught," Carter said. "It could go either way, so that's the difference of a few hits here and there."


Astros 1B Chris Carter not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Astros first baseman Chris Carter is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.

Carter has had trouble getting things going in the first week of the season, and he's just 1 for 19 with one walk and eight strikeouts. The team will start Marwin Gonzalez at first base Sunday.

The Astros are road favorites (-120) against the Rangers Sunday.


Astros tweak lineup vs. LHP Derek Holland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch chose to roll with Jonathan Villar at third base and Robbie Grossman in left field Friday night against left-hander Derek Holland and the Rangers, per MLB.com. Luis Valbuena and Colby Rasmus received a day off against the southpaw.

Hinch also flip-flopped struggling DH Evan Gattis and Chris Carter in the batting order. Gattis has started his stint with the Astros 0 for 11 with eighth strikeouts. He will hit fifth, while Carter will move to the cleanup spot.


Astros' Chris Carter hitless in 11 at-bats in series vs. Cleveland


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Astros slugger Chris Carter started all three games in the season-opening series against the Indians. Unfortunately, Carter didn't have a whole lot of luck offensively.

Carter, who hit 37 home runs in 2014, was hitless in 11 at-bats against the Indians. He struck out four times, including three strikeouts Thursday. 

Slow starts are nothing new for Carter, who has a career .181 average during the first month of the baseball season. In 2014, he hit .153 with three home runs, six doubles, eight RBI and 37 strikeouts in 26 games in April.


Astros' A.J. Hinch hints that Chris Carter will be primary 1B


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters that Chris Carter will be the team's primary first baseman to start the season, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Carter played 14 of his 145 games at first base last season. The 28-year-old slashed .227/.308/.491 with career-best 37 homers and 88 RBI over 507 at-bats last season. He has a .257 batting average with two home runs and 10 RBI this spring.


Astros' Chris Carter homers for second straight day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Astros first baseman Chris Carter continued his hot spring on Sunday.

Carter homered for the second straight day, hitting a full-count pitch for a solo shot to left in the third inning. 

Carter went three for three on the day, adding a single and a double to his performance. 

Carter is hitting .320 this spring, with 10 RBI in 10 games. 


Astros' Chris Carter to start spring training at first base


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Chris Carter will begin spring training starting at first base, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“(Carter will) start coming into camp … at first base, on the team fundamentals, the individualized defense, things like that,” Hinch said. “We’ll have him work a little bit early with some outfield stuff.”

In 2014, Carter hit .227 with a single-season best 37 home runs.


Gattis to play at 1B, DH for Astros; Bad news for Singleton, Carter?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) With the signing of Colby Rasmus, the Astros have an even more crowded outfield, but it also means Houston won't have to lean on Evan Gattis to play primarly in left field.

In fact, Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow expects Gattis to occasionally play in left field, but to primarily play at first base and DH. Although, that doesn't bode well for playing time for Jon Singleton and Chris Carter.

“We don’t know what Gattis is going to look like in left field,” Luhnow said, per the Houston Chronicle. “If he’s good out there or adequate, I’m sure he’ll get some at-bats out there. Is he going to be our everyday left fielder? I can’t imagine that happening with the guys that we have, but we want to have that bat in the lineup.

“Guys that have options are going to have to prove to us that they belong in the big leagues. I don’t think it’s just Singleton. Like I said, we’ve got multiple options at every position on the diamond now. So, you know, players may not be playing their preferred position -- that puzzle will come together in spring training. We’re only guessing to try to figure it out right now.”


Astros, Chris Carter avoid arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) The Astros have avoided arbitration with designated hitter Chris Carter, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Carter is set to make $4.175 million next season. He's coming off a season in which he hit .227/.308/.491 over 507 at-bats. The 28-year-old hit 37 home runs. 


Astros tender seven arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Astros have tendered contracts to all seven arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, reports the Houston Chronicle. Those players were: Catchers Jason Castro, Carlos Corporan and Hank Conger, outfielder Dexter Fowler, reliever Tony Sipp, designated hitter Chris Carter and shortstop Marwin Gonzalez.

Chris Carter goes deep twice Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Astros first baseman Chris Carter belted two home runs Wednesday against the Angels.

Carter first struck in the second inning. He led off the inning by working a six-pitch at-bat against Jered Weaver. On the final pitch of the at-bat, Carter belted an 87 mph cutter out to left for the solo shot. He added a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning. This time, Carter took a 91 mph fastball out to right.

Carter finished 3 for 4, with two runs scored and three RBI. 


Chris Carter can't stop, won't stop hitting homers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter hit another home run Wednesday against the Athletics. 

Carter struck in the ninth inning. With his team down by two runs, Carter belted a solo shot off Eric O'Flaherty. Carter also singled earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. He's now hit five home runs over his last 11 games. He's also homered in each of the past three contests. 


Chris Carter continues to mash


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter hit another home run Tuesday against the Athletics.

Carter stepped to the plate with two men on in the bottom of the eighth. With his team trailing by a run, Carter smashed a 90 mph fastball out to left for a three-run homer. It was Carter's 32nd home run of the year. Carter finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI. 


Chris Carter hits 31st home run Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Astros first baseman Chris Carter belted his 31st home run Monday against the Athletics. 

Carter struck in the bottom of the eighth. With a man on, Carter belted a 96 mph fastball out to right for the two-run shot. It was Carter's only hit of the game. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Chris Carter's 30th homer a big one


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) 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
(8/17/2014) 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
(8/13/2014) 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
(8/13/2014) 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.


Hitters to start in Week 20


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/10/2014) Need a sleeper for Fantasy Week 20 (Aug. 11-17)? Caleb Joseph, Chris Carter, Kolten Wong, Casey McGehee, Danny Santana and Corey Dickerson are all players to consider.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Chris Carter maintains torrid pace with two-homer game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter, who has shed his all-or-nothing tag with productive hitting recently, continued to roll Thursday in Philadelphia.

Carter smashed two-run homers in the first and third innings to give him five blasts in the last 13 games. But he also added a single and has 34 hits in his last 104 at-bats to raise his average from .182 to .225. and his slugging perentage nearly 100 points to .494.


Chris Carter has a .723 slugging percentage in last 22 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Astros DH Chris Carter continued his recent surge at the plate with his 22nd home run Saturday vs. Toronto. It was his ninth home run in his last 22 games.

Carter went 3 for 4 with three runs, one double and two RBI in an 8-2 win Saturday. He had an RBI double in the first inning and added a solo home run in the fifth. He even had his second stolen base of the season.

Since July 4, Carter is batting .325 with a .723 slugging percentage and 1.110 OPS in his last 22 games. He has six doubles, 20 runs and 21 RBI in that span.


Chris Carter returns from illness Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter is back in the lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays, afterhe was forced out Wednesday due to an illness.

Carter is in his usual spot, batting third and serving as the DH after his one-day absence. 


Astros could be active at trade deadline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Astros are looking to trade DH Chris Carter, according to the New York Post. Carter is batting .212 with 111 strikeouts in 92 games, but he has 21 homers and is slugging .474.

The Post reports the Astros would also be willing to listen to trade offers for starting pitchers Jarred Cosart, Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh.


Illness costs Chris Carter lineup spot against Athletics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Astros outfielder Chris Carter, who has slumped a bit after a hot streak, has been scratched from the Wednesday afternoon lineup against visiting Oakland with an illness.

Carter has one hit in his last 12 at-bats, is on a roll in general with two home runs and nine RBI in his last nine games.


Chris Carter launches three-run blast in win over A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter made his presence felt with just one swing of the bat Monday night at home against the A's.

Carter smacked a three-run home run in the third inning to give his team an early lead. He finished 1 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI in a 7-3 victory. He owns a .214/.292/.479 slash line with 21 homers and 49 RBI in 309 at-bats.