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It is certainly odd that Carlos Beltran will perhaps end his career for the team he is notorious for owning.
In the 2004 postseason, then 27 years old, Beltran hit a postseason record eight home runs for the Houston Astros.
He also hit three home runs against them in the 2006 NLCS while playing for the New York Mets. A called third strike, however, is what fans will ultimately remember about that series.
Beltran has a history of serious knee injuries, including micro fracture surgery in January, 2010, but he has been healthy since being traded from New York to San Francisco at the deadline last season.
The 35-year-old right fielder is no longer the stolen base threat he was in his younger days, and he is unable to play center field, but he remains a solid defender with a plus arm.
Beltran is currently leading the National League in home runs, which comes as a surprise considering he has not eclipsed 25 homers since 2008.
If the Cardinals can continue to receive this type of production from Beltran, in addition to their starting pitching, they will remain a formidable team come postseason time.