ST. LOUIS Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran made the play of the day Monday without ever stepping foot onto the field.
With the Cardinals leading 5-4 heading to the ninth inning, Beltran was swinging in the batting cage when he noticed on a TV monitor that Mets runner Andres Torres appeared to miss first base on what looked like a leadoff double.
So with the tying run on second and no outs, Beltran raced to the dugout to tell manager Mike Matheny what he saw. The Cardinals appealed the play and first base umpire Dave Rackley agreed, calling Torres out for missing the bag.
"We're saying our MVP of the game today was Carlos Beltran," Matheny said. "I'm watching the play in right field. Carlos came up and said something didn't look right there and he also noticed that the umpire was standing right on top of the bag.
"At that point we had nothing to lose, so absolutely huge play and having the where with all to come over and say let's check it out at least, it was a great play b...