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Carlos Beltran slugs three two-run homers, Mets top Rockies

May 12, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

Mets batter Beltran is congratulated by teammate Murphy after Beltran scored his second home run of the day, a two-run homer, against the Rockies in the seventh inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Denver Reuters

Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran put a personal hurting on the Rockies’ pitching staff this evening at Denver’s Coors Field, slugging three two-run homers in a 9-5 victory.

It was the first three-homer game of Beltran’s career and only the eighth three-homer performance in Mets franchise history. Jose Reyes was the last to do it, back in mid-August of 2006.

Beltran got off to a bit of a slow start at the plate this season while continuing to build the strength of his surgically-repaired right knee. But he’s been scorching hot since the middle of April and entered Thursday’s action with a 1.075 OPS in the month of May. That number obviously rose again with today’s show of power.

Beltran now leads all Mets hittters with eight home runs. He also has 24 RBI and 20 extra-base hits.

The more he rakes, the higher his trade value will be come mid-summer. And it seems highly likely that the rebuilding Mets will try to get something for him before his contract expires at the end of the year.

SI.com’s Jon Heyman is already suggesting that the White Sox, A’s, Tigers and Red Sox will have interest.

  1. nittanylion0 - May 12, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    I love him, and I will miss him when he leaves. He’s gonna make some AL teams very happy as a DH and part time OF for the next few years.

  2. Jonny 5 - May 12, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Well, this must please Craig greatly. And his hat. Mostly his hat.

  3. Jeremiah Graves - May 12, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    That squealing noise you hear?

    That’s a bunch of fantasy baseball owners having a joygasm.

  4. philosofly - May 13, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    I love the Mets and eagerly await their return to greatness one day. They are starting to have a solid core to build around so don’t be surprised if they don’t trade Reyes this season. It will be sad to see Beltran go though, he has meant so much, for so many seasons for the Mets. However, I would be happy to see Beltran’s career extended as a DH in the AL.

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