During Matt Dominguez’s recent home-run tear and Jason Castro’s hitting surge, Astros manager Bo Porter was asked last week which Astros hitter would be next to display home run power.
Porter responded by saying Chris Carter, who at the time had gone two weeks between home runs. Porter was on the money, and so is Carter, who hit three home runs in the Astros’ just-completed six-game road trip, that resulted in nothing but wins.
“I’ve been hitting a few balls that went out because I’ve been working hard,” said Carter. “Hitting, pitching, winning, it’s all contagious. You see one guy do it, you want to put a good swing on it too.”
Carter’s 12th homer of the season, a solo shot to left field, tied Monday’s game 1-1 in the fifth inning and helped the Astros to a 2-1 win over the Angels.
On the recent 6-0 road trip at Colorado and Anaheim, Carter had a game-tying home run and two-go-ahead homers.
“He’s a streaky guy,” said Porter. “When he shrinks the strike zone, he can hit the ball a long way.”
Carter leads the Astros in homers and RBIs (32). His current six-game hitting streak ties his longest of the season and longest of his career.
“Chris is always a threat,” said Castro. “He has a ton of pop. Every time he comes to the plate, there’s a chance he’ll hit one out.”
Known more for his bat, than his fielding, Carter has played numerous positions this year for the Astros. He has started 53 of the club’s 59 games with 19 starts in left field, 15 at DH, 18 at first base and two in right field.