Chris Carter Played Key Role for the Houston Astros First Series Win of 2013

By Lee White
Chris Carter Houston Astros
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The Houston Astros came into the Seattle Mariners series a struggling young ball club. But, they’re leaving Seattle having played their best baseball of the season, and hopefully it will last. Chris Carter’s play was a big part of that.

He has really gotten it going here in the last few games. His at bats have seemed to really get this team going. That may just be my opinion, but he now has a four game hitting streak, and has hit three home runs in two games. If he can keep this level of play up, it will not only help him out, but the Astros as a team will benefit from his play.

Carter’s biggest upside, power, is greater than his biggest downside, strikeouts, and we got a first hand look at that in this series. Now it wasn’t just him, but he was a big reason for this power outburst, and win, in a series that looked loss cause after game one. He provided four hits in the last two games and really propelled this offense to two big wins over a much improved Mariners team. Yes, the Astros were facing the back end of the Seattle starting rotation, but they took advantage of that, and blew them away.

Carter came into the Seattle series hitting .091. He is leaving with a batting average of .27o. Yes, it is a small sample size, but he really led this offense, and this team, to a series victory that the Astros dearly needed. If he can keep this level of play, they may even win their next series.

The Astros are now headed to Los Angeles to take on the last place team in the AL West, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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