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Height/Weight: 6-4/248 | Birthdate: 12/18/1986 | Birthplace: Redwood City, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 41/31 | Average Draft Position: 192.72
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Chris Carter having a pretty productive July


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Astros DH Chris Carter doubled twice for the second straight game during a 3-2 win Tuesday at Oakland. He finished 3 for 5 with two RBI.

Carter has totaled six multi-hit games in July. He is batting .333 (18 for 54) with a .373 on-base percentage, .759 slugging percentage and 1.132 OPS in 14 games this month. He also has five doubles, six home runs, 13 RBI, 11 runs, three walks and 18 strikeouts.


Chris Carter still impossible to trust


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/17/2014) Chris Carter has homered six times in his last eight games to make him the sixth-best hitter in Head-to-Head leagues and the fifth-best in Rotisserie during that stretch, which is great.

Now who wants to bet on him doing it again in his next eight?

We've seen this before from him -- too many times before -- so we know what comes next: a two-week stretch when he collects just three hits, striking out every other at-bat. How do you think his batting average got to be .223 last season? How do you think it got to be .205 this season? He has five more singles than home runs, for crying out loud.

And that's the catch with him: He can hit you bunches of home runs, sure, but because he does absolutely nothing in between, he's inevitably sitting for you when he hits those home runs.

Maybe he won't cool off this week. Maybe the requisite slump won't come until the last week of July or the first week of August. But rest assured, it'll come, so unless you're willing to ride it out with him, you might as well not even bother with him. I don't know about you, but I'd have to be pretty desperate for power to take that hit in batting average.


Chris Carter clubs two more homers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter has found his swing in recent games, as he put together his second multi-homer game in three days Friday against the Red Sox.

Carter went deep twice in an 8-3 loss to the Red Sox, clubbing a pair of solo home runs. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two driven in along with one strikeout in the loss.

Carter has a seven-game hitting streak active, and has clubbed six home runs in that span. He now has 19 on the season, ranking eighth in the American League, while hitting .203/.280/.470 in 266 at-bats. 


Chris Carter goes yard twice Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter hit two home runs Friday against the Red Sox.

Carter's first blast came in the sixth inning. He worked a six-pitch at-bat from John Lackey, homering on a 92 mph fastball. In his next at-bat Carter managed another solo shot, this time off reliever Craig Breslow. Carter finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and two RBI. 


Chris Carter goes deep twice Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter's power surge continued Tuesday, as he clubbed two more home runs in an 8-3 win over the Rangers.

Carter went 2 for 4 in the game, with each of his hits leaving the yard for a solo home run in the win. Carter now has 17 home runs overall, including four in his last four games, with seven RBI in that span.  

Carter is hitting .194/.274/.446 in 258 at-bats on the season. 


Chris Carter hits grand slam in loss


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter blasted his second career grand slam in Saturday's 11-5 loss to the Angels. Carter's 403-foot shot to center in the third inning was his 15th homer of the season and gave him 35 RBI.

Carter also homered Friday, but is hitting just .189/.270/.426 on the year.


Chris Carter sitting Friday against Tigers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter, whose brief hot streak has been followed by a massive slump, is grabbing some pine for the Friday night game visiting Detroit. Jesus Guzman is set to start instead.

Carter hit four home runs in three games earlier this month, but hasn't blasted off since and has just three hits in his last 30 at-bats to lower his average to .187.


Chris Carter swats walkoff shot in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter played the role of a hero Thursday night in extras against the Diamondbacks.

Carter belted a walkoff solo home run in the 11th inning off J.J. Putz. He finished 1 for 5 with one run scored and one RBI in a 5-4 victory. He is hitting .199 with 13 homers and 30 RBI in 196 at-bats.

Power surge not enough to redeem Chris Carter


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/12/2014) Chris Carter's two homers Wednesday give him six in his last 13 games, which would normally be a good thing. But not when those homers are six of only eight hits during that stretch, accounting for a .229 (8 for 35) batting average.

Carter has become the game's preeminent all-or-nothing hitter. He swings hard and usually misses, but when he gets a hold of one, it goes a long way. He hit .223 with 29 home runs last year, and the way things are shaping up this year, that may be the best-case scenario for him.

So what is that player worth in Fantasy? In Head-to-Head leagues -- at least ones of standard size -- close to nothing. When he's cold, he's positively useless, and taking a zero (or maybe 5-10, given his above-average walk rate) from a player for weeks at a time is one way to pile up losses. Even in Rotisserie leagues, it takes a special set of circumstances to use him. You need to be firmly committed to him, sticking with him through all the miserable weeks so you don't miss out on stretches like this one, and willing to take your lumps in batting average.

I know home runs are rare these days, but not enough for all that.


Chris Carter slams two homers in Wednesday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter couldn't push his average to the Mendoza Line on Wednesday night, but he did hit two over the fence to key a win over Arizona.

Carter ended the night at .199 after smashing solo home runs off Brandon McCarthy in the fourth and seventh innings. A total of 24 of his 38 hits this season have been for extra bases, including 12 taters.


Chris Carter unleashes grand slam in blowout win over Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter made his lone hit count on Sunday, launching a grand slam in a win over the Twins.

Carter took reliever Brian Duensing deep in the seventh inning for the slam. He finished 1 for 4 with two runs scored and four RBI in a 14-5 victory. He is hitting .194 with 10 homers and 27 RBI in 186 at-bats.

Chris Carter out of Saturday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter has been benched Saturday in Minnesota.

Carter has received occasional days off, greatly due to his all-or-nothing production at the plate. Of his 35 hits this season, 21 have been for extra bases, but he still owns a .193 batting average and .290 on-base percentage.

He has just three hits in his last 21 at-bats and 65 strikeouts in 181 at-bats on the year.


Chris Carter clubs ninth home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 7-2 win over the Angels Tuesday.

Carter was just 1 for 11 in his last four games after posting a two-homer game last week, but his two-hit performance boosted his batting average back to .200. He has hit nine home runs and driven in 23 runs in 175 at-bats.


Chris Carter responds to benching with two taters


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter apparently didn't take kindly to a three-game benching by Bo Porter. He responded upon his return to the lineup Wednesday by blasting two home runs in successive innings during a thrashing of Kansas City.

Carter slammed a solo job in the fifth and three-run homer in the sixth. Not bad considering he had not recorded a multi-hit game since May 16.


Chris Carter back in lineup Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter is back in the team's starting lineup Wednesday against the Royals.

Carter isn't dealing with an injury, but has not played since May 24. He'll hit fifth and serve as the designated hitter. Through 156 at-bats, he's hitting .192/.278/.391.


Chris Carter bashes sixth home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter clubbed his sixth home run Sunday against the White Sox.

Carter got things going in his first at-bat. He belted an 89 mph fastball off John Danks for the solo shot to lead off the second inning. It was Carter's only hit of the game. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. Carter is hitting .196 in 138 at-bats. 


Chris Carter benched against Mariners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) A hitless streak that has reached 13 at-bats and a matchup against Mariners stud Felix Hernandez has Astros first baseman Chris Carter benched Friday night.

Carter has one hit in seven career at-bats against King Felix. He is batting .153 on the season with 37 strikeouts in 85 at-bats.


Chris Carter smacks first home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter went 2 for 4 with two RBI and his first home run of the season in his team's 5-2 win over the Mariners Tuesday.

It's been a rough beginning to the season for Carter, who was 1 for 19 over his previous seven games before Tuesday's two-hit performance. He now owns a .148/.264/.279 line in 61 at-bats.


Chris Carter gets the night off on Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) The Astros gave slumping designated hitter Chris Carter the night off Monday against Seattle, MLB.com reports.

Carter, who hit 29 home runs last season, has just two hits in his last 34 at-bats to start his 2014 campaign. He is slashing .123/.250/.211 with two RBI in 68 at-bats.

Chris Carter finally gets first RBI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Astros DH Chris Carter recorded his first RBI on a groundout during Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays. It's been a slow start for Carter, who is batting .185 (5 for 27) through eight games.

Carter does have four doubles, but he has no home runs and has struck out 13 times in 27 at-bats. Carter has drawn three walks.


Astros open to trading for first baseman


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Astros are open to acquiring a first baseman via a trade, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. For now, though, Houston is looking at a possible Marc Krauss/Jesus Guzman platoon, with Chris Carter also being an option at first base.

Astros will have 'heated competition' for first-base job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) During an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Astros manager Bo Porter gave no indication who might start at first base. The Astros have plenty of candidates, though, including Brett Wallace, Jesus Guzman, Chris Carter and prospect Jonathan Singleton.

"It’s going to be a heated competition," Porter said. "I like the guys that we have. At the end of the day, I believe that the player that ends up winning the first-base job will obviously make our lineup and make us a better team."


Chris Carter steals second base


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Astros first baseman Chris Carter stole his second base of the season Wednesday during a game against the Twins. Carter added two hits in the game.

Carter went 2 for 3 for Houtson with two singles and a run scored. He added a walk as he reached base three times for the Astros.

The 26-year-old homered in his last game Tuesday and has hit in three straight for Houston. He's up to 27 home runs on the season to go with 73 runs batted in.

Chris Carter belts two home runs


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter belted a two-run homer in the fifth inning and added a second in the ninth during a wild ballgame at Chicago Monday night. Carter now has 25 home runs on the season after his third two-HR game of the year.

Carter went 3 for 4 in the game with a walk and four RBI. He scored three times and is batting .215 on the season for the Astros. The 26-year-old slugger had gone 0 for 7 in his previous two games. He has four homers in his last 11 games and 68 RBI on the year.

Two hits for Chris Carter


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Astros outfielder Chris Carter posted his second consecutive two-hit game Saturday against Anaheim.

Carter doubled and knocked in a run in the process. Carter is still striking out like crazy in August -- 20 strikeouts in 48 at-bats over 13 games -- but he's slugging .500 with six extra-base hits, including two in the last two games.