Cardinals Carlos Beltran Morphs Into Babe Ruth Come The Post Season
Carlos Beltran is 36 years old and has suited up for 2064 regular season major league baseball games in his career. He has smashed 358 home runs, won a rookie of the year award with the Kansas City Royals and been an All-Star 8 times. However set aside all the regular season accolades because the native of Puerto Rico saves his best performances for the post-season. Clutch Beltran is the crème that rises to the top, the big game performer and nearly morphs into baseball legend Babe Ruth come October.
There are only 2 players in the history of major league baseball who have a higher playoff .OPS with more than 100 at bats than the St.Louis Cardinals right-fielder. You ready for it, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, that’s it in the history of the game. Pretty elite territory Beltran has swung himself into.
Ruth: 1.211 .OPS
Gehrig 1.208 .OPS
Beltran 1.162 .OPS
His career post-season numbers are staggering especially for a player who has never hoisted the pennant. Beltran began his post-season dominance in 2004 as a member of the Houston Astros, yes the Astros, not a typo, they were actually good once. Beltran led the Astros past the Atlanta Braves before losing in 7 games to the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. Beltran hit 8 homers and batted over .400 in those 12 playoff games in 2004 asserting himself as a post-season force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Beltran would again return to the post-season this time as a member of the New York Mets and he would again lose in 7 games to the Cardinals in the Championship Series. This time around he would only swing for the fences 3 times in those 10 playoff games before being eliminated.
The “Sultan of Playoff Swat” would eventually join those same Cardinals in 2012 and enjoy playoff success in back to back years. Beltran currently owns a career .339 batting average in 203 plate appearances over 47 post-season contests. He has 57 hits and slugged 16 home runs while knocking in 38 along the way to a staggering 1.163 playoff .OPS for his career. All that in only 203 plate appearances.
Mr.Clutch proved he isn’t just a one trick pony in Game 1 of the World Series robbing Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz of a grand slam. Beltran would injure his ribs slamming against the right field wall and be forced to leave the contest. However he would return in Game 2 pacing the Cardinals to victory with 2 base knocks and a run batted in. So much for sore ribs.
Plain and simple Beltran is clutch, one of the best playoff performers of not only modern day but yesteryear. The Cardinals and company are hopeful to notch 3 more wins so Mr.Clutch will be finally rewarded for his efforts with baseballs holy grail.
CARLOS BELTRAN CAREER PLAYOFF STATISTICS:
|4 Yrs (10 Series)||47||203||168||44||57||13||1||16||38||11||0||33||23||.339||.448||.714||1.163|
Babe Ruth Career Playoff Statistics:
|10 Yrs (10 Series)||41||167||129||37||42||5||2||15||33||4||3||33||30||.326||.467||.744||1.211|