Game 1 was a laugher, as the Boston Red Sox cruised to an 8-1 victory, but it could've been significantly worse if not for this grand-slam-stealing catch by Carlos Beltran (courtesy of MLB.com).
St. Louis Cardinals fans held their breath when it was announced that he had hurt a rib during the robbery.
Not only is Beltran a veteran clubhouse leader coming off a productive season, he's one of the best postseason players ever. Just ask ESPN's Dan Szymborski, who says Beltran has the third-highest WPA (win probability added) in MLB postseason history, behind only Albert Pujols and David Ortiz.
The 36-year-old switch-hitter owns an extraordinary 1.163 OPS in 47 career playoff games. With an MLB-best 13 runs batted in this October, he's a huge reason why the Cardinals advanced to the World Series.
Despite the injury scare, Beltran was back in the starting lineup for Game 2. He contributed two hits, one of which brought home an important insurance run in the seventh inning.
Behind closed doors, the Red Sox were certainly hoping that he'd be unavailable for a few days. Beltran has a .400/.480/.800 batting line in 25 career plate appearances against Saturday's starter, Jake Peavy.