THE LONG BALL In 2014
TOP 5 HRs AL/NL,
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For Games Played Through Aug 26, 2014
Chris Carter… we have been preaching this man’s name at this website for years. Our founder and former lead writer Jonathan told me about this man 3 years ago.
When he was traded by Billy Beane, Jonathan explained it would be a deal that he will regret. Now with the A’s lacking some firepower, and Jed Lowrie on the shelf, plus having an off year, the Astros are looking good in this one.
I have also pointed out the the A’s GM forced the Astros to go over their roster limit – exposing Nate Freiman for him to pluck as a Rule 5 Draft right after, however it is hard to argue the “Moneyball” man may end up on the wrong side of this deal long-term.
It would behoove Oakland to have Freiman see more Plate Appearances. The big 6 ft 7 behemoth clubs 3 HRs in 2 games in Atlanta – and then rides pine for 4 games in the next week.
That is a blog for another time.
We are talking about Chris Carter. This big man was once an afterthought in Houston this year, despite bombing 29 jacks in 2013. Bo Porter was taking flak for having CC still in the lineup back in May when he was hitting about ..153 with 4 HRs as of May 9th.
Since that day, he has crushed 28 HRs and added 64 RBI.in his last 302 AB. This represents about half of a season, and this guy has been completely on fire.
David Ortiz could put some dingers on the board as the Red Sox are not in contention, however I think he has more patience to draw walks still.
Carter is in the same boat of playing for a non – contending team, and he is more prone to grip it and rip it, as is 145 SO indicates.
Mike Trout is also in the chase, however with a lot of games versus the AL West, in non-hitting friendly park will hurt his chances. Yes Carter has some of those challenges too, but Minute Maid Park is a great home stadium to blast.
I am happy to say that I am staying with the MLB Reports preseason pick to win the NL Crown in Giancarlo Stanton. He only has to really fend off Anthony Rizzo, Justin Upton and Lucas Duda, as everyone beyond that is all 10 HRs behind.
Upton is too streaky, Duda is 7 HRs back. Rizzo has the best chance being just 3 off the pace, but I think is the Marlins RF all the way.
Top 5 HR Leaders AL (Reports Season End Forecast)
Nelson Cruz, Orioles – 34 (Last Homered Aug 22nd) (39)
Jose Abreu, White Sox – 33 (Last Homered Aug 22nd) (38)
Chris Carter, Astros – 32 (Last Homered Aug 26th) (41)
David Ortiz, Red Sox – 30 (Last Homered Aug 20th) (36)
Mike Trout, Angels – 29 (Last Homered Aug 26th) (37)
Top 5 HR Leaders NL (Reports Season End Forecast)
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins – 33 (Last Homered Aug.25th) (40)
Anthony Rizzo, Cubs – 30 (Last Homered Aug 26th) (34)
Lucas Duda, Mets – 26 (Last Homered Aug.25th) (32)
Justin Upton, Braves – 25 (Last Homered Aug 22nd) (30)
Marlon Byrd, Phillies – 23 (Last Homered Aug.15th) (27)
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