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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Chris Carter vs. Jose Altuve

It's Gigante vs. Trogdor! Can the little giant slay the dragon-man, or will the town of Maracay get burninated!?

Just a reminder; voting will stay open for 24 hours for each of these match-ups, and there will be one match-up per day. For a complete breakdown, check out the introductory post if you haven't already. Here's a link to the updated bracket. Get those votes in while you can!

Round Three, Match Eight

Chris Carter, DH

Trogdor wields the power of the boomstick better than anyone in the organization. A possible true 80-grade tool, he finally showed some supporting ability after a terrible start when he made some adjustments. His in-game power increased and his average jumped nearly 50 points in the second half, and he finished tied with Giancarlo Stanton for second-most homers in the Majors. If his improvements prove sustainable, the franchise's first fifty homer season is far from a pipe dream. -- Brian Stevenson


Jose Altuve, 2B

The Astros keystone man (in more than one way) had a breakout season that will be remembered for decades. Capturing the MLB batting title by hitting .341, Altuve positioned himself as the best player on the team, the face of the franchise and a legitimate All-Star talent. While some regression is to be expected, there's little doubt that he will still be one of the best, if not the best, players on the club for some time to come, and he has, after all, built his whole career atop the shattered expectations of naysayers. -- Brian Stevenson