Found September 12, 2012 on Fox Sports Midwest:
SAN DIEGO Watching Carlos Beltran struggle the past two months has become an unfriendly reminder for Cardinals manager Mike Matheny of just how tough hitting Major League pitching can be. Matheny, a career .239 hitter in 13 big league seasons, had several stretches similar to the one his All-Star right fielder currently finds himself in. Beltran is hitting just .199 since in 58 games since July 1 as he searches for any kind of rhythm at the plate. I see a lot of things that I remember about how hard this game is, how hard it is to hit and keep that good thing going, Matheny said. Im sure with him, in the first half he was on a great roll but once it kind of leaves you its difficult to get back. Hes working and fighting. You can see some signs that hes getting close. Hes just going to keep working and hell get there. Beltran was out of Wednesday afternoons lineup against the San Diego Padres after an 0-for-4 night Tuesday dropped his batting average to .260, the lowest its been...
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