Chris Carter's first series at Wrigley Field was quite a memorable one.
Despite losing two-of-three to the Cubs, including a 14-6 loss on Sunday, Carter was a bright spot with success at the plate throughout the weekend.
Carter began with a double and a solo home run in Friday’s 3-1 loss when the Astros were only able to muster four hits against the Cubs’ Matt Garza. He added a single in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Chicago, and capped off the weekend with three doubles and a single in Sunday’s loss.
Overall, Carter went 7-for-13 with one homer, four doubles, two singles, three RBIs and four runs scored. And for a guy who leads the league in strikeouts with 105, it was also impressive that he only struck out once in his 13 plate appearances.
“I told [hitting coach] John Mallee, ‘You’re doing a great job,’ and he said, ‘No, Bo. Chris is really buying in. He’s down in the cage, he’s on the video, he’s really putting a lot of effort into it,’ and now he’s starting to see a lot of results,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “It was good to see him drive the ball the other way. He’s been doing that this last week or so and it’s coming together.”
Carter has been streaky this season. He entered the series hitting. 216 in 236 at-bats while leading the league with 104 strikeouts. He only struck out once in his 13 plate appearances against the Cubs. But his power is a big reason the Astros wanted him on the team. Carter is leading the Astros in home runs with 15.
“It just feels good to have a little success, but it’s still a little early,” Carter said. “It’s still a work in progress.”