Carter off to better start than he had in career year

Carter off to better start than he had in career year

MILWAUKEE -- In 2014, when Chris Carter hit a career-high 37 home runs for the Astros, he hit his ninth on June 3, in his 51st game. In the Brewers' 5-4 win over the Angels on Tuesday night, Carter enjoyed his second multihomer game in three days, giving him nine home runs on May 3, in his 25th game.

Here's some more fun with Carter's early-season numbers: He is on pace for 56 home runs this season, which would break Prince Fielder's franchise record (50 in 2007). Nineteen of Carter's 25 hits have gone for extra-bases, tied with former Astros teammate Jose Altuve for the Major League lead and on pace for 118 extra-base hits. The franchise record is 87 extra-base hits, shared by Fielder ('07) and Robin Yount (1982).

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"If you look at my past starts in April and May, I've been usually a second-half kind of guy," Carter said. "It's nice to finally have a little success early in the season. Hopefully I can keep this through the whole season."

"Because of how he's doing it," manager Craig Counsell said, "it certainly looks repeatable."

Carter has been saying the same thing for weeks, that he is doing it by making better use of the whole field, driving pitches on the outer half of the plate up the middle and to right field.

Indeed, the first of his two home runs Tuesday went right back up the middle. Off Angels starter Nick Tropeano, Carter's third-inning, two-run home run traveled 439 feet and left the bat at 111 mph, according to Statcast™.

Statcast: Carter's two homers

Two innings later, after Jonathan Lucroy's two-run home run tied the game at 4, Carter pulled a high solo home run to left field for the lead. It left the bat at 109 mph and traveled 431 feet, but soared at a 37-degree launch angle.

"It just shows you what a simple, easy swing from a strong man can do," Counsell said. "He has a swing that can produce a lot of fly balls, which is what you want from somebody like that. Hopefully he's taken a step forward. He's [over] 1,500 at-bats in the big leagues by now. Sometimes it takes a little bit of time for a hitter to make adjustments, to keep finding himself, to keep refining who he is as a player. I think he's taken a step forward."

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Lucroy's home run was also notable Tuesday, as it was his first of the season.

"I think he's been swinging the bat well all year," Counsell said. "The extra-base hits, they're going to come."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.