Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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Carlos Beltran spent nearly seven years as one of the New York Mets' most feared hitters. He also spent ample time on the disabled list. So far, he's been healthy enough to make a major impact with the St. Louis Cardinals. Beltran looks to continue his hot hitting as he makes his return to the Big Apple on Friday night in the opener of this four-game series. New York (28-23) signed Beltran to a seven-year, $119 million deal in 2005 hoping he could be the centerpiece of a franchise trying to win its first World Series since 1986. The closest they got was the NL championship series a year later, which ended in a Game 7 loss as Beltran stared at strike three from Adam Wainwright (4-5, 4.45 ERA), now his teammate and St. Louis' starter Friday. Beltran's tenure with the Mets included 149 homers and 559 RBIs, ranking second on the team to David Wright's 163 homers and 653 RBIs in that span. However, it also included right knee surgery prior to 2010, one of two lengthy trips to the dis...
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