Chris Carter is hoping history can repeat itself.
In 2012 Carter was on a team that was expected to lose 100 games but wound up American League West Division Champions, beating the likes of two time defending American League Champion Texas and the Los Angeles Angels. Of course this year, he’s not on the Oakland A’s.
Houston, in desperate need of pop in its lineup, dealt short stop Jed Lowrie to Oakland for Carter and pitcher Brad Peacock.
“I was a little shocked,” Carter said about the trade that sent him to the Astros. “After the year (the A’s) had last year, there was lots of opportunity there and I thought that was going to be the same opportunity this year. But I got traded and I’m excited about the opportunity to play over here.”
The Astros are hoping that they have found the long lost power component for the lineup. Carter slugged 16 home runs in just 218 at bats. Translate that out to a full season and that projects out to some serious power potential, especially with half of those games played at Minute Maid Park with the Crawford Boxes 315 feet away.
“That’s what I hear, it’s a better place to hit,” Carter said. “I’m just going to keep the same approach and see what happens for me.”
One change the Astros would like to see is for Carter to cut down on the strikeouts, he had 83 in those 216 at bats.
Despite that blip, significant as it might be, Carter still had 38 walks making his on base percentage more than 100 points higher than his average. Combine that with a slugging percentage of .516 and the Astros hope they’ve solved at least one question in their lineup, no matter where it is.
“There’s a lot of new guys here, they’re rebuilding here,” Carter said. “The chance to make an impact is here and to show them what I have.”