Cardinals Carlos Beltran Morphs Into Babe Ruth Come The Post Season

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Friday, October 25th, 2013
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Carlos Beltran

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:

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2004 27 HOU NL NLDS ATL W 5 24 22 9 10 2 0 4 9 2 0 1 4 .455 .500 1.091 1.591
2004 27 HOU NL NLCS STL L 7 32 24 12 10 1 0 4 5 4 0 8 4 .417 .563 .958 1.521
2006 29 NYM NL NLDS LAD W 3 14 9 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 2 .222 .500 .222 .722
2006 29 NYM NL NLCS STL L 7 31 27 8 8 1 0 3 4 1 0 4 3 .296 .387 .667 1.054
2012 35 STL NL NLWC ATL W 1 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500
2012 35 STL NL NLDS WSN W 5 24 18 5 8 3 0 2 4 1 0 5 1 .444 .542 .944 1.486
2012 35 STL NL NLCS SFG L 6 22 20 2 6 3 0 1 2 2 0 2 3 .300 .364 .600 .964
2013 36 STL NL NLDS PIT W 5 21 18 3 4 1 0 2 6 0 0 3 1 .222 .333 .611 .944
2013 36 STL NL NLCS LAD W 6 26 21 2 6 2 1 0 6 0 0 5 3 .286 .423 .476 .899
2013 36 STL NL WS BOS T 2 5 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .400 .800
4 Yrs (10 Series) 47 203 168 44 57 13 1 16 38 11 0 33 23 .339 .448 .714 1.163
1 NLWC 1 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500
4 NLDS 18 83 67 19 24 6 0 8 20 4 0 14 8 .358 .470 .806 1.276
4 NLCS 26 111 92 24 30 7 1 8 17 7 0 19 13 .326 .441 .685 1.126
1 WS 2 5 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .400 .400 .400 .800
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/25/2013.

Babe Ruth Career Playoff Statistics:

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1915 20 BOS AL WS PHI W 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
1916 21 BOS AL WS BRO W 1 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
1918 23 BOS AL WS CHC W 3 6 5 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .600 .800
1921 26 NYY AL WS NYG L 6 21 16 3 5 0 0 1 4 2 1 5 8 .313 .476 .500 .976
1922 27 NYY AL WS NYG L 5 21 17 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 3 .118 .250 .176 .426
1923 28 NYY AL WS NYG W 6 27 19 8 7 1 1 3 3 0 0 8 6 .368 .556 1.000 1.556
1926 31 NYY AL WS STL L 7 31 20 6 6 0 0 4 5 1 1 11 2 .300 .548 .900 1.448
1927 32 NYY AL WS PIT W 4 18 15 4 6 0 0 2 7 1 0 2 2 .400 .444 .800 1.244
1928 33 NYY AL WS STL W 4 17 16 9 10 3 0 3 4 0 0 1 2 .625 .647 1.375 2.022
1932 37 NYY AL WS CHC W 4 20 15 6 5 0 0 2 6 0 0 4 3 .333 .500 .733 1.233
10 Yrs (10 Series) 41 167 129 37 42 5 2 15 33 4 3 33 30 .326 .467 .744 1.211
10 WS 41 167 129 37 42 5 2 15 33 4 3 33 30 .326 .467 .744 1.211
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/25/2013.
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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher







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