Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 10/25/13
Opposing pitchers would be wise not let Carlos Beltran (above) even get this far in his swing.   Look up there in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Carlos Beltran! Nothing stops this guy.  Not even this: He’d make a helluva hockey player. The questions that’s been burning in my brain since the playoffs started is: “Why even pitch to this guy?”  It’s not like there’s no history here. Beltran is a career .339 hitter in postseason play, including appearances with the Astros (2004), Mets (2006) and Cardinals (2012-13).   In 168 at-bats, he’s hit 16 home runs, driven in 38 runs and stolen 11 bases. His slugging percentage is .714 and his OPS is an insane 1.163. In those 168 at-bats, he’s grounded into exactly two double plays. Two. Again I have to ask: “Why even pitch to this guy?” Clearly the Pirates didn’t learn their lesson in the National League Division Series. All Beltran did was: Hit a 3-run homer off AJ Burnett in the third inning of Game 1 to spark a 7-run rally en route to a 9-1 win Drive in all three runs in a 5-3 loss in Game 3, including a solo homer off Mark Melancon in the 8th Draw a leadoff walk in the 6th inning of Game 4, then scored on a two-run homer by Matt Holliday. And the Dodgers apparently either didn’t pay attention to history or chose to ignore it. Because against LA in the Championship Series, Beltran: Went 2-6 with 3 RBI in Game 1, a 13-inning victory for St. Louis. Beltran drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th with a single. Earlier, he hit a double off Zack Greinke to tie the game in the bottom of the third. He also threw out Dodger second baseman Mark Ellis from right field in the top of the 10th, preventing the Dodgers from taking the lead. Collected three hits and 2 RBI in Game 6, a 9-0 Cardinal win that sent them to the World Series. Two of Beltran’s hits came off Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw, a double and an RBI single. And the Red Sox in the World Series? Ah, they thought they had Beltran right where they wanted him after he bruised his ribs and had to leave Game 1 after crashing into the wall to rob David Ortiz of a grand-slam homer. Nope. Not only did Beltran play in Game 2, but he went 2-4 and drove in the insurance run in the top of the 7th with an RBI single as the Cardinals tied the Series at a game apiece with a 4-2 win. So now the Series heads back to St. Louis tomorrow night for Game 3. History never repeats? Walk him. Just walk him.           22 total views, 22 views today
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