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Carlos Beltran homers twice, drives in seven runs

May 3, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Carlos Beltran AP

Albert Pujols remains homerless for the Angels, but the man signed to replace him in the Cardinals’ lineup went deep twice yesterday and drove in seven runs.

Carlos Beltran now has seven homers in 23 games for St. Louis, and he’s hitting .279 with a .398 on-base percentage and .535 slugging percentage to essentially match last season’s excellent production for the Mets and Giants.

Those numbers can’t match vintage Pujols production, but his .933 OPS is nearly double Pujols’ current .539 mark and Beltran looks like an absolute bargain on a two-year, $26 million deal. And perhaps most importantly he’s been healthy, starting his 17th straight game last night and, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports, talking his way into the lineup when manager Mike Matheny wanted to give him a day off.

  1. rooney24 - May 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    It is way too early for this to be a definitive thing, but the Cardinals look like geniuses so far. Although, you may want to force Beltran to take a day here and there to help prevent any possible let down or injury.

    • paperlions - May 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      What the Cardinals look like… lucky. Remember, they insulted Pujols by offering him a 5 year $130M deal and a 9 year $212M deal….they were just lucky that the Angels stepped up to plate and swung at the slider in the dirt that is offering a 32 yr old player a 10 yr $254M deal.

      • Hoss - May 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        He actually is looking like he’s a 35 year old pujols.

  2. sdelmonte - May 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    So glad that Carlos has been doing well. I miss him in NYC.

  3. ajcardsfan - May 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I was happy for Beltran to get back into the groove of things, and if he needs a day off here and there to stay healthy, then make it so Matheny!

  4. mybrunoblog - May 3, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Just for ghe record. Pujols watch is at .208 5 RBI and 0 hr.
    First post is right. Cardinals look like geniuses?

  5. mjay424 - May 3, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Saint Louis is a great place to play and the Cardinals know what they are doing obviously as they strike gold last year with Lance Berkman and possibly again with Carlos Beltran. The only question with Beltran was is he going to be healthy enough to play 130+ games. The talent is clearly still there.

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  6. mariner425 - May 3, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Good for Beltran. Hopefully the hot humid summers of St.Louis don’t beat him down. Only place harder to play in the summer would be Texas.

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