Manager Joe Maddon said Grant Balfour is still the closer as of now.
Balfour had an implosion Sunday of epic proportion. After striking out Dustin Ackley and Cole Gillepsie to begin the 9th, he allowed 6 straight runners to reach base, including two triples, a double, two walks and a single. Balfour's had an up-and-down season, to put it mildly, as he's converted 7 of 9 save attempts, but alternating between 1-2-3's and epic meltdowns. He's almost walking as many batters per nine as he's striking out (7.99 v. 7.61). In shallower leagues feel free to cut bait whether he's got the job or not. ANALYST:
Chris Carter went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Astros 6-3 loss to the White Sox on Friday.
Carter has a six game hitting streak going which has helped raise his batting average from .157 to .185. Carter owners have to understand the type of player he is and know that while he has outstanding power there will be plenty of strikeouts and a low batting average. Those hoping for a repeat performance of 2014 should be reminded that he had 13 home runs and a .184 batting average heading into July before mashing 24 home runs over the final three months of the season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba