With a team like the Houston Astros that has had a winning percentage below .350 the past three seasons, they take momentum wherever they can get it. Yesterday, it was designated hitter Chris Carter who led the Astros to a 10-3 win over the Minnesota Twins with his two home runs and five runs batted in. This marks Carter’s team leading 28th home run and 66th RBI of the season.
Carter, who bats just .230, leads the Astros in home runs and RBI’s which is just about all that matters for Houston. Carter is carrying the Astros with a bat that has caught fire with six home runs in the last six games. Carter hit just 29 home runs total last season and is on pace to crush that total this year.
Carter needs to find a way to hit a better average and the man could lead the Astros much further and with much more money. Carter is just 27-years-old and if he can continue to hit the way he has been the past six games, he could seem himself with a fresh new contract at the end of the year.
Carter’s 28 home runs rank fourth in the MLB behind Nelson Cruz, Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Abreu. Carter ranks ahead of Mike Trout, David Ortiz, Edwin Encarnacion and Miguel Cabrera among many others.
If his power numbers continue to grow, the Astros may be finally moving in the right direction using Carter and Jose Altuve to build a solid team.