Originally posted on Cardinals Diaspora  |  Last updated 12/23/11
95. That's the average amount of games that Carlos Beltran has played per season the past 3 years. As astute baseball minds know, that's 67 games short of a full season and roughly 50 games less per year than Albert Pujols would have been in the lineup. Herein lies the problem and the opportunity for Carlos Beltran. He's not Albert Pujols. He doesn't play the same position as Albert Pujols. He doesn't have a similar game to Albert Pujols. But for all intent and purposes he's the guy that the Cardinals spent Pujols' money on. He's singed for 2 years, and like it or not, he's the guy after 'THE guy'.Unlike Tino Martinez, who replaced Mark McGwire at the height of his popularity (nationally and locally) Carlos Beltran is in the perfect position to take advantage of what is, 99% of the time, a terrible situation to be in.Why?Because he WANTED to be in St. Louis. The rational side of St. Louis baseball fans know that Albert Pujols left St. Louis for the money. And that the Cardinals are ...
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