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Carlos Beltran: Bust By Bay?

August 18th 2011 17:11
Surely the San Francisco Giants expected more than what they have received from Carlos Beltran when they acquired him from the New York Mets at the trade deadline.

Beltran, a good though never great player, has been largely disappointing to a team that desperately needed some punch in its lineup.

Consider his last 10 games, for instance before the outfielder injured his hand.

Although Beltran had hits in eight of the contests, including two multi-hit games, his power suddenly went south.

Not Belting
Carlos Beltran

The former Astros playoff phenom, who belted eight homers in one postseason, had one double, two triples, no homers and 2 measly RBI over that span.

Is the slugger, due to return from the DL over the weekend, pressing at the plate?

Perhaps, as Beltran, who usually draws his share of walks fanned five times in his last four games and didn't drawn a free pass for nine tilts.

"That terra-bull," Charles Barkley might say if he broadcast MLB games.

Worse is that San Francisco is falling apart of late, as a team that held a four-game lead in the NL West a month ago is now 2 1/2 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.

There will still be time for Beltran and the defending champs to turn things around, but we are entering the 11th round of a possible 12 round bout.

And the Giants will need Beltran to show his knockout (of the park) ability very soon.
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Comment by nbageek

August 19th 2011 03:46
Beltran is having issues. Though it could be just a slump or something more serious. I like how he plays, quick guy and shows dashes of power. He has great talent, is just under-achieving right now.

Comment by Joe Soriano

August 19th 2011 06:33
Actually, Carlos Beltran used to be a great player. He was one of the top 5-tool players in baseball, and he had a couple of great seasons for the Mets. The Giants overpaid for him by giving up Zach Wheeler. If the Giants make the playoffs, they will have the worst era-adjusted runs per game total in MLB history for a team that went to the playoffs. I think the D'Backs win this division because of the Giants' offensive futility, but the Giants would still be a tough playoff team- if they ever made it- thanks to that vaunted pitching staff.

Comment by sportslife

August 20th 2011 12:56
thanks for reading and for the comments guys! yep...beltran is probably between a good and very good player though he struggles at being THE guy as he may be showing again in SF.

Comment by justindama

August 22nd 2011 04:47
I remember when he was considered to be one of the top 5 tool players in the majors, before being constantly injured and often under performing. I think you nailed it. I know he was having a great year, but I thought it was weird that people thought he was going to be the savior of the Giants offense.

Comment by matt-a sports life

August 22nd 2011 12:17
thanks end zone....he's not that kind of person or player to be a No. 1 guy...history proves that.

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