Carlos Beltran: New Mr. October?
Going into Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Carlos Beltran’s .889 OPS in the 2013 National League Division Series was the worst single-year postseason OPS the veteran outfielder had posted in his career. That is no longer the case.
After going 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk in the Cardinals’ 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh (he was responsible for all of St. Louis’s run production), the “worst” season in Beltran’s postseason career is once again the .978 OPS he posted as a member of the 2006 Mets, at least for the moment.
His career .360/.463/.794 playoff line is easily the best of all time, in any sample of even moderate size — and as far as playoff sample sizes go, Beltran’s is pretty large: 164 plate appearances, or almost two months’ worth of games.
Carlos Beltran has shown over the years that he’s more than up to the task when it comes to the postseason.Carlos Beltran: New Mr. October? by Charles Mager