Carlos Beltran Shows He Still Has It By Going Deep Not Once, Twice, But Three Times In One Game
Not only did he hit three two-run home runs against the Rockies in Coors field, but he also tied his career high with six RBI, tied Mike Piazza for second on the Mets all-time list with 17 multi-home run games and also homered from each side of the plate for the fifth time as a member of the Mets.
After today’s strong showing, Beltran is now hitting .295 with eight home runs and 24 RBI on the year, all while coming into 2011 with only a couple spring training games under his belt and many question marks surrounding the health status of his aching knees.
After the game, Beltran was as happy as any Mets fan, saying:
“I feel like a little kid, honestly. I was smiling. I never smile a lot, but I was smiling. I was happy. It was great.”
And you know what? I couldn’t be more happy for Carlos and how great he has been playing thus far this season.
If you told me in spring training that a month into the season Beltran would be a consistent contributor this early in the season, I’d call you crazy.
If you told me earlier this year that Beltran would be in right field for 20-plus straight games, I’d think you were a little too optimistic for your own good.
But this has been the case for Beltran and the Mets, and while the injury bug as bitten some other vital assets to our team, Beltran has been nothing but a true joy to watch.
Unfortunately, going hand-in-hand with the excitement Beltran brings to our team right NOW, is the fact that the looming trade deadline is near and Carlos may not be a Met for that much longer.
I try not to think about this as much because, well, it’s pretty depressing. But looking at it from an optimistic point of view, Beltran’s play has been so good that it is without a doubt upping his trade stock.
Terry Collins made it a point to say that performances like the one Beltran displayed today don’t come around very often, so you’ve got to think many teams out there saw what we saw out of Beltran and would love to add his power bat at the deadline.
As tough as it is to admit, this team needs to be sellers at the deadline and add some young talent in hopes of creating a winning team for years to come.
Beltran’s great three-home run day definitely helped his trade status and puts the Mets in a great position to use his contributions as leverage to get a better deal on our end.
Beltran may not be with us for very much longer, so enjoy this while you can Mets fans, because witnessing what I saw today was truly amazing.
LET'S GO METS!