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Carlos Beltran quietly having a very productive September

Sep 23, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

Carlos Beltran missed the entire first half of the season and then struggled after finally returning from knee surgery in mid-July, hitting just .218 with a .660 OPS through 43 games. That will keep his overall season totals looking ugly no matter how well Beltran plays in September, but he’s quietly having a very solid month.
Beltran went 3-for-5 with a homer and a triple last night, and is now hitting .308/.343/.554 with three homers and eight total extra-base hits in 17 games this month. Those numbers are pretty similar to what Beltran did in his first five seasons with the Mets, when he batted .281/.368/.505 in 677 total games.
Obviously one good 17-game stretch doesn’t mean much, but it makes sense that Beltran would show improvement the further removed he is from surgery and the more at-bats he gets against big-league pitching. And finishing on a high note could be very important if the Mets have any hopes of trading him this offseason. He’s owed $18.5 million in 2011.

  1. Kevin S. - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    I know, jeez. How are they going to be able to get Ellsbury for him with that crappy overall line?!

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 23, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    One-Third of the Mutts “Three Choke-sketeers”. Here’s hoping they keep Wright, Reyes and Beltran around to further another year of Mutt fan’s misery. LOL.

  3. Mr. Heyward - Sep 23, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Aaron SHHHHHSH, now he’s not “quietly” having a nice Sept. Beltran didn’t want anyone to know!!! He’s like the anti-Frenchie, he does well and stays under the radar, while Frenchie does poorly and whines to everyone about how sweet he is…

  4. Joe - Sep 23, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Not sure how Wright has gotten this reputation as a chokester. He’s got a career OPS of .899, and a career Sept/Oct OPS of .891. And the Sept/Oct numbers are depressed because he was lousy last year and sub-par this year, with his team out of contention. He was a monster (OPS ~ 1.000, 20+ RBI) in September during both chokes.

  5. Kevin S. - Sep 23, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    And was also pretty much the only Met to stand up and take responsibility for the collapse, even though the bat boys were probably more at fault than he was. Beltran, IIRC, pretty much performed at his usual levels during Sept. ’07 also.

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 23, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Wright makes up the core of a team that choked to a historical level…then choked to an almost equally historical level the next season. Whether you want to look at “numbers” and discount that is on you. I contend that the biggest mistake Omar made was not breaking these guys up after the 2008 season.

  7. Professor Longnose - Sep 23, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    So the choice is between looking at data and evaluating players, or closing our eyes and whining?

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