Found October 07, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
St Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran turns into a freak in October. Going into Monday's game with the Pirates, Beltran has a .360/.463/.794 career Postseason line. That's really, really good - in fact, his 1.257 OPS is the highest ever among players with at least 40 Postseason plate appearances. Yet, there's this sentiment that maybe he's not as good as you'd think. Beltran's 16th career Postseason home run passed Babe Ruth to put him alone in eighth place on the all-time list, and that's getting written off as "well, there are just so many more games now, so of course he passed Ruth!" What if I told you that Beltran has 164 career Postseason plate appearances, three *fewer* than Ruth? Well, it's true. Beltran has hit a home run in every 8.25 Postseason at bats. Ruth? One home run in every 8.6 at bats. To put both of those numbers into context, the only players with better single season HR/AB statistics are Barry Bonds and ...
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