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Carlos Beltran’s ridiculous playoff numbers have gotten even more ridiculous

Oct 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

Carlos Beltran AP

I wrote last week about how Carlos Beltran had the highest slugging percentage and the highest OPS in playoff history, and since then he’s actually managed to raise both numbers while also taking over the all-time playoff lead in batting average and on-base percentage too.

After going 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk last night Beltran is now hitting .400 with a .500 on-base percentage and .897 slugging percentage in eight playoff games for the Cardinals this season.

And here are the updated all-time postseason leaders among players with at least 100 plate appearances:

                   OBP                        SLG                         OPS
CARLOS BELTRAN    .489     CARLOS BELTRAN    .838     CARLOS BELTRAN    1.327
Lou Gehrig        .477     Babe Ruth         .744     Babe Ruth         1.211
Babe Ruth         .467     Lou Gehrig        .731     Lou Gehrig        1.208

Beltran also owns the highest postseason batting average (.378), so he’s basically the all-time playoff leader in everything. And if you prorate his playoff numbers over a full 162-game schedule it works out to .378 with 76 homers, 49 doubles, 135 RBIs, 205 runs, 130 walks, and 49 steals without being caught.

  1. brohancruyff - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    NOT CLUTCH. TRAID

  2. jasonwinter - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    And his other two times in the postseason, his team was stopped by the Cardinals. I guess he figured that if you can’t beat them…

    • temporarilyexiled - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      That’s not only funny, it actually makes a hell of a lot of sense.

  3. Jeremy T - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    So, based on that picture we’re supposed to assume that Beltran eats baseballs for lunch after having postseason pitching for breakfast?

  4. ningenito78 - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    But as a Mets fan would tell you he chokes in the big moment and couldn’t handle New York….

    • number42is1 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      he had that HUGE game 7 hit against the cards to make it to the WS… oh wait

      • schlom - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        Lots of Endy Chavez haters on this site

    • Paul Zummo - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      True. Any mouth-breathing, semi-literate Met fan who had forgotten that Beltran was the only reason the Mets made it to game seven would indeed say that.

  5. scapistron - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Barry Bonds shrugs at those numbers.

  6. kelshannon19 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Still find it comical he still gets booed in Houston.

    • stex52 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      He was free to move on. I resented the way they jerked Houston management around like there was some chance they were staying and then walked when the free agent market had pretty much dried up. But Drayton was stupid and paid the price.

      But you’re right, also. That was eons ago. He has been a talented player, but he wasn’t worth the money he got on that contract. And bygones are bygone.

      • kelshannon19 - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM

        I think Bo Porter is the right man for a young team quite honestly. Hope to see Singleton, Cosart, and Springer at some point next season. I realize it is a long shot out of spring training, but I want to see them. But dont expect too too much in the off season. Hope to see them open up the wallet for a DH though.

    • temporarilyexiled - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      They need something to do down there right about now. Oh, and they’re about to move to baseball’s best division – at least in 2012. Good luck to them moving forward.

      • stex52 - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        Be interested to see if they make some remedial moves in the off-season. They are the youngest team in the league and have the lowest projected payroll. I know the model is Tampa Bay. I also know the farm system is at least two years away. But it would be very nice if they at least got a couple of marginal hitting outfielders and #3-#5 pitchers for some kind of bargain price. You know, someone who actually carries a positive WAR for a change.

        It would sure make the transition less painful if they hinted at respectability. I have no idea what the plans are, though.

  7. Marty - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    The Giants should bean him, then.

    • temporarilyexiled - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Funny, and I’d actually agree, but now I wonder whether it’s Dan Lozano who’s due for target practice. Somehow, the Giants-said-Beltran-said winter-signing story gets bottlenecked with HIM. Beltran is so good, it’s not funny. If he actually went to the Cardinals from the Giants to play for the team that twice knocked him out of the playoffs, and THE GIANTS return the favor for strike three, I’ll be busting a gut.

  8. kevinbnyc - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    He’s the anti-A-Rod.

  9. vegagreenleaf - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Great numbers, for sure, but hasn’t this guy only been in the playoffs a few times? The fact his teams don’t play in the post season may speak more volumes than his playoff numbers…

    • salvomania - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Yeah, he really dragged down those loaded Royals (6 seasons) and Mets (7 seasons) franchises. No wonder he’s hardly ever in the postseason.

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