Astros' Chris Carter keeps on slugging
So why is this happening, and is the drastic change in batting average sustainable? Well, Carter has reduced his legendary strikeout rate a bit this season, but it's still pretty high. It's also tough to extrapolate anything that's happened in the past 30 days and determine it's a new direction for a hitter who had proven to be a swing-and-miss slugger, and really he still is. Carter is 27, and he's not likely to change. A bloated BABIP since mid-July has helped his batting average, but the reason he's become so popular in fantasy is for the sheer power; Adam Dunn is used to this, even when not hitting his weight. Carter is playing regularly and hitting prodigious home runs. We should neither expect the power nor the batting average to continue at quite this rate, but enjoy it while it lasts.