Carlos Beltran, who had to leave Wednesday's game after the first inning, did not play last night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals managed to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the National League Division series without arguably their best hitter.
Beltran said before the game he felt better but was still sore. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Beltran was scheduled to receive treatment during Game Four in an attempt to make himself available for Game Five.
"Now, my concern is playing in the outfield," he said. "Hitting -- I took some air swings and it's not really bothering me."
It would be safe to assume that Beltran could DH during games in Detroit if the Cardinals reach the World Series. With St. Louis up 3-1, Beltran being available for the World Series becomes a real question. If he is available, will the team send him back into the outfield during the first two games in St. Louis, or will they keep him on the bench? He would be eligible to DH in games three-five of the World Series should the Cardinals get there. Of course, the immediate concern is getting Beltran back for Game Five.
Even without Beltran, the Cardinals have been successful. They held on through a 3 1/2 hour rain delay in Wednesday's game then dominated the Giants in Game Four. While Beltran's track record in the postseason speaks for itself, the Cardinals have shown they can win without him. This makes them a dangerous team.
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