(BaseballStL) - It has to be getting excruciatingly frustrating for Carlos Beltran. He's this close to reaching his first World Series, but once again was denied. The Cardinals 6-4 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS was the 7th game Beltran has played with a chance to get to the World Series. Each time his team has lost.
Beltran, or Senor Octubre if you prefer, is one baseball's all time best performers in the postseason. But no matter what he's done, it's never been enough. His double in Game 5 drove in the Cardinals first run of the game. He scored the tying run on a Matt Holliday double. But the Dodgers eventually won the game, giving Beltran a feeling he knows all too well.
In 2004, Beltran's Houston Astros lost twice to the Cardinals in the NLCS when they had a chance to win the series. His New York Mets in 2006 lost to the Cardinals in Game 7 of the NLCS. In 2012, the Cardinals lost three in a row to the Giants to deny him a trip to the Fall Classic. The Dodgers win in Game 5 on Wednesday made it seven losses in seven games when a win would have taken Beltran to the World Series.
Beltran tries not to dwell on such a hauntingly negative storyline. He refuses to make the Cardinals World Series quest about himself.
"For me, I have to do my job," he said. "Simple as that."
His teammates and his general manager would love nothing more than to get Beltran to the Series.
"That's always been a theme of what these guys would like to see happen," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. "For all of us in St. Louis, we think back to the days when he was in Houston, and he may have been the best player on the planet at the time. He's been close. I think every one of us would love to see him get that opportunity. It would be a special moment for everybody."
The Cardinals will get at least two more chances to earn a spot in the 2013 World Series against either Boston or Detroit, and help Beltran finally get to the promised land.
"We're okay, man," Beltran said. "We've got the one-game lead. We weren't expecting to come here (Dodgers Stadium) and have it be easy. That's why they played so good to get to this point. They have a good pitching staff; we have a good pitching staff also, so we have to battle and find a way to get it done."