Posted on October 7, 2013 at 1:30 AM
Sunday, Oct 6 at 8:37 PM
(BaseballStL) -- Fans might be watching the single greatest postseason player in the history of Major League baseball. Carlos Beltran's 2-for-3 night with a home run and all three RBIs puts him into elite territory.
Actually, it puts him into a territory ahead of one of the greatest players ever.
Beltran's 8th inning blast off Pirates reliever Mark Melancon gives him 16 career postseason home runs. That moves him past Babe Ruth - yes, Babe Ruth - for eighth most in postseason history.
To take it even further, in 16 career Division Series games, Beltran's 20 RBIs rank 2nd in NL postseason history, trailing only Chipper Jones (26).
"I always come to the ballpark and try to prepare myself to approach the game in the simplest way," Beltran said. "Not trying to put pressure on myself, I'm just trying to go out there and have fun. As a player you never know when you're going to get the next opportunity to play in games like this one."
What do his teammates see, then, when they watch Beltran do what he did?
"A Hall of Famer. Absolutely. I wish I had a vote. It's unbelievable. He's getting more expensive by the day," David Freese said of his teammate's impending free agency.
"He's simply amazing," Joe Kelly said. "I just saw the stat where he passed Babe Ruth (for career postseason home runs). To play with a guy like that on your team who could be a Hall of Famer is pretty special."
It will be interesting to see what happens with Beltran in the offseason. He's a free agent and the Cardinals have Matt Adams, Allen Craig and Oscar Taveras all projected to occupy corner outfield spots and first base. Unless one of the previously mentioned names gets traded, it's possible Beltran could very well leave St. Louis when the season is over.