Chris Carter walked on a 3-2 pitch in his first at-bat on Friday against the Angels. As the season is progressing, the Astros slugger is being more selective at the plate, and more productive.
Entering Friday’s game, Carter was hitting .318 over his last 12 games with eight doubles, two of his club-leading 15 home runs, and seven RBIs.
“I’m looking for the ball in the zone instead of swinging at things that are down, that could possibly be a ball,” said Carter.
In Wednesday’s 4-3 win over St. Louis, Carter walked to load the bases with the Astros down 3-0 in the fourth inning. Astros manager Bo Porter said Carter’s at-bat was perhaps the biggest at-bat of the game in Houston’s four-run inning.
Last Sunday at Wrigley field, Carter went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs.
“He’s much improved over the last week and a half with his at-bats,” said Porter. “He’s gotten extremely disciplined from the standpoint he’s attacking pitches that he should attack.
“He’s not expanding (the strike zone) as often as he was earlier in the year. He’s put together some really good at-bats.”