Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 10/9/12
ST. LOUIS Sometimes, gunpowder needs a little flash. Carlos Beltran's bat has been a musket for most of his 15-year career despite fading late this summer, and a few bullet points on his regular-season resume reveal why. He has launched at least 22 home runs 10 times. He has produced at least 100 RBI eight times. He has surpassed an on-base percentage of .350 eight times. His smoke trail has led him from the Kansas City Royals to the Houston Astros to the New York Mets to the San Francisco Giants and, finally, to the St. Louis Cardinals as a key offseason pickup after Albert Pujols sprouted Angel wings in southern California and sharp horns among some in the Gateway City. So here he was, about 10 months after he inked a two-year contract worth 26 million, and Beltran stood before his stall Monday night at Busch Stadium fresh off more firepower that helped St. Louis rout the Washington Nationals 12-4 in Game 2 of their National League Division Series. The right-fielder went 2 for ...
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