New York Mets: Carlos Beltran Batting Third the Best Option?

Metszilla.comCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 19:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets celebrates in the dugout after scoring in the eigth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 19, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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It has been 22 games (77 at-bats) since Carlos Beltran made his return to the New York Mets from off-season knee surgery (Jan. 13), and although the All-Star has struggled mightily, I am not ready to give up on his talents. In fact, I completely agree with Michael Baron of (for full post click HERE) when he stated the following in his post game recap:

During the game, Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez had an interesting discussion about Beltran on whether or not he will revert to form, and whether or not he’s lost confidence. I do believe he will eventually find his groove, much like Reyes did earlier in the season. I just fear once he does, it might be all for naught.”

To refresh everyone’s memory, Reyes was just 19-for-88 (.216 AVG.) before he returned to form, and as Matthew Cerrone pointed out in his post to,“Carlos Beltran On a Difficult Day in Philly”:

...he looks exactly like Jose Reyes did, the first few weeks of this season, when Reyes was clearly a step behind, working to re-adjust from being away from the major-league game for more than a year.”

With that being said, I have full confidence that it will not be much longer before Beltran, like Reyes did, finds his form. He is just too talented to suggest otherwise.  However, I am starting to wonder if batting the struggling centerfielder third is the best option for him and the team at this point? He has collected just seven RBI and after an 0-4 performance on Sunday afternoon, his average has dipped just below the dreaded Mendoza line (15 for 77, .195 AVG).