Beltran Is Still A Great Player

By / April 22, 2009 / Uncategorized

You can be mad all you want at Carlos Beltran for not sliding home in the eighth inning last night against the St. Louis Cardinals, but you cannot deny he is not a great player.

I’ve been hearing quite a few fans complaining about the Mets not stealing enough, not playing with heart, and not getting the hits when they need it. With Beltran, you cannot say that.

Beltran is among the best, if not the best, centerfielders in the game right now. With the lack of great corner outfielders, Beltran catches almost everything that goes into the outfield. Both Ryan Church and Daniel Murphy look to him for leadership in the outfield. This is why he has three Gold Gloves, all with the New York Mets.

As for stealing bases, he has the highest stolen base percentage (.881) in the majors among active players. He may not be stealing right now, but he will. Beltran knows what he is doing. You have to trust that he will get it done. He’s been experiencing some pain in his quadriceps which is limiting him right now. You do not want him to mess with that again.

Now for hitting. Beltran’s batting average is currently at .354 with a slugging percentage of .458 and an on-base percentage of .456. What more do you want? He’s won the Silver Slugger’s award for two consecutive years (2006-2007). He’s just getting started.

Last night’s play at the plate was one that left us all scratching our heads. I don’t care what is going on, you always slide home, or at least barrel your way to the plate to try to knock the ball out of the catcher’s hands.

Beltran addressed what happened saying he was too close to the plate because he was watching the ball. When he realized how close he was, he tried to go over Yadier Molina’s foot, but instead stepped on it.

You know how coaches and announcer’s are always stressing to keep your eye on the ball? In this case, he should’ve kept his eye on the plate. If he was sent to go home, that should’ve been his only concern. Let the third base coach worry about where the ball is. That is his job and Razor Shines knows what he is doing. You just run and score.

Bottom line, do not question Carlos Beltran. While he may not be a gritty players, Beltran does plays with heart. He is very passionate about how he plays and the game in general. The man knows what he is doing…at least most of the time.

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Ed Leyro

Two years ago, David Wright didn’t hit a HR in April and he finished with 30. Therefore, I’m not worried that Carlos hasn’t stolen a base yet. I fully expect him to steal about 25 or so, just like last year. He gives you so many things on the field that we might take him for granted sometimes. So when he does something that makes us scratch our heads, it’s very unusual. He’s one player I have complete faith in. Expect him to be a prime contributor to our playoff push and a top MVP candidate!

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Ed Leyro

Two years ago, David Wright didn’t hit a HR in April and he finished with 30. Therefore, I’m not worried that Carlos hasn’t stolen a base yet. I fully expect him to steal about 25 or so, just like last year. He gives you so many things on the field that we might take him for granted sometimes. So when he does something that makes us scratch our heads, it’s very unusual. He’s one player I have complete faith in. Expect him to be a prime contributor to our playoff push and a top MVP candidate!

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Nilvio

Tanya, I agree. Carlos Beltran is a very good to great baseball player. You can’t name more than 3 centerfielders you would rather have right now. Especially with the new ball park. However, the play the other night sums up the New York Mets the last 2 + years. They have no killer instinct. They don’t, they don’t attack when they seem a team down. This group would rather pick up their opponent and dush them off and ask them to dance. No, you need to strike when you see blood and step on their throats when giving the opportunity; metaphorically speaking of course.

I know what Carlos said, about the play. But, I don’t believe him. He is what I think happened. Carlos, about 30 feet from home, thought he was going to score. He sore Yadi standing in front of the plate. Because, Carlos didn’t want to take Molina out, he decided to stay up, instead of slide. You see, if that was a Phillie, a Red Sox, A Yankee (1996-200) he would have slide hard into home. A clean hard slide.

One more point…. Where was our on deck hitter? Where was Castillo? You see, our guys are expecting to score. So, they take their time, they hang out around the on deck circle. Drop your bat and get your butt in position to help your teammate. That simple. Poor coaching, poor execution, poor attitude.

Enough of these nice guy mets. Have some fire, have some passion, have some anger.

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Tanya Mercado

Where’s Todd Pratt and Ty Wigginton when you need them? I miss Wiggy. He was great. He would barrel into the catchers. Church played hard last year. I think he’s just a little nervous now sliding because of his concussions. Beltran has been hampered by his quads again this year. I’m not sure how it is holding up now. If he starts to steal again, then we’ll know.

Look at you getting violent Nilvio. I didn’t think you had it in you. lol

I’m not trying to make excuses for these guys. Everybody knows I cut nobody slack. But over the years Beltran has been attacked and he has done nothing more than give his all. It is not fair to get on him over one play.

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Tanya Mercado

Where’s Todd Pratt and Ty Wigginton when you need them? I miss Wiggy. He was great. He would barrel into the catchers. Church played hard last year. I think he’s just a little nervous now sliding because of his concussions. Beltran has been hampered by his quads again this year. I’m not sure how it is holding up now. If he starts to steal again, then we’ll know.

Look at you getting violent Nilvio. I didn’t think you had it in you. lol

I’m not trying to make excuses for these guys. Everybody knows I cut nobody slack. But over the years Beltran has been attacked and he has done nothing more than give his all. It is not fair to get on him over one play.

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