Chris Carter, Houston Astros‘ outfielder, has been in a horrible slump to start the year. Before today’s game, Carter had one hit in 19 plate appearances. He has looked absolutely lost and has really shown no signs of breaking out of it anytime soon. It’s not just Carter though as the entire lineup, other than Jose Altuve and Justin Maxwell, has been cold to start the season. But Carter is the main one I want to take a look at today.
Carter was acquired by the Astros to provide some power in a lineup that needs home runs, but so far he hasn’t provided the Astros with much of anything other than strikeouts. We knew he wouldn’t be the best defensive outfielder on the team, he’s not here for that. He’s here to hit, and he isn’t. That’s a problem. But can he break out of his slump? Sure.
Today he looked like he might be on the verge of doing just that. His first two at bats weren’t the greatest. He struck out in the first, and he grounded out in his second. But his third and forth at bats were definitely encouraging, and maybe a sign of things to come.
In his third at bat, he went down 0-2 in the count, and he really battled back. He was fouling off pitches, taking close pitches, and really looked as if he was seeing the ball in that at bat. He ended up drawing a walk which helped the Astros score two runs that inning, but it was nice to see him do something other than strikeout. Also, in his fourth at bat, he got his pitch, and drove it to a deep part of left center field for a lead off triple.
Carter is showing signs that he is breaking out of his early slump. Here’s to the rest of the offense doing so!