(BaseballStL) -- Carlos Beltran is getting awfully close to becoming not just one the greatest postseason performers in MLB playoff history - he's already there - but THE greatest player in MLB playoff history. The veteran outfielder has the best home run proficiency in the postseason and showed exactly why in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Pirates on Thursday night.
Beltran opened up the scoring by launching a 443-foot homer off Pittsburgh RHP A.J. Burnett. That began what turned into a 7-run third inning. It was his 15th career postseason home run and went into the upper right field deck.
"When I was on second base I almost got caught up in the moment," Adam Wainwright said. "I through my hands up in the air as soon as he hit it because I knew it was gone. Then I just kind of watched it for a minute because I knew it was very gone. Then I realized I had to run."
"Every time as a hitter you try and put yourself in a hitter's count because you know you're going to get something to hit," Beltran said. "It's all about trying to put a good swing on it and that's what we were able to do today. We were able to put good swings on the ball and get a lead early for Wainwright who pitched a good game for us."
"It's unbelievable that guy," Yadier Molina said. "What he's done in the postseason is amazing. I'm glad he is on my team right now."
Beltran terrorized the Cardinals back in the 2004 NLCS while with the Astros and again in 2006 with the Mets. GM John Mozeliak considers Beltran part of the Cardinals core offense but is a free agent when the season ends.