The Houston Astros have been in the situation the past couple years where they could give guys extended opportunities to prove that they were major league worthy. It was rebuilding time, and with a lot of the young, unproven talent they possessed, it was necessary to fight through the down times and see what these prospects were all about.
Well, for Chris Carter, that extended opportunity keeps getting extended, and it’s getting rather annoying. Carter is currently hitting .123 with 26 strikeouts in 57 at-bats. With zero home runs and just two RBIs, it’s safe to say that Carter has gone from a liability to completely worthless. In his last 10 games, he’s 2-30 with 13 strikeouts.
With all that being said, manager Bo Porter continues to assert that Carter has game-changing talent. He claims that his raw power and potential is all the proof needed that he is going to break out. That’s all well and good, but the fact remains that he is more detrimental to the current lineup than helpful, yet he continues to be schlepped out there on a daily basis.
Not only that, but whatever raw power he apparently has isn’t really needed anymore anyways. With Jason Castro and Matt Dominguez hitting their power stride, Jonathan Villar bursting onto the power scene and George Springer soon to join the ranks, the Astros have plenty of power to utilize. They’re sixth in the league in home runs without the contribution of Carter.
Although he claims to be putting in tons of extra work, it’s not showing, and it’s past time that something is done with him.