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Carlos Beltran is better than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the playoffs

St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran steps out of

St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran steps out of the dugout for a curtain call after hitting a two-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the National League division baseball series, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 12-4. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT (Credit: AP)

Carlos Beltran stands frozen, his bat unmoved, staring down to watch an Adam Wainwright curveball eek back into the strike zone and into the glove of Yadier Molina, a pitch that ends any hope the Mets have of advancing to the World Series.

That's the enduring postseason image of Beltran that Mets fans are left with after his six-plus season stay in Flushing. But had the Mets made the playoffs a few more times (or even one more time), they might have been left with a different impression: Carlos Beltran, postseason giant.

Beltran ranks No. 1 in on-base percentage and slugging percentage (minimum 100 at-bats) in postseason history. The two guys rounding out the top three in each category? Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

Let's repeat that: Beltran is a better during the postseason than Ruth and Gehrig.

Here are the rankings:

On-base Percentage

1. Beltran, .478 (115 plate appearances)
2. Gehrig, .477 (150 PA)
3. Ruth, .467 (167 PA)

Slugging percentage

1. Beltran, .819
2. Ruth, .744
3. Gehrig, .731

Tags: Carlos Beltran , Mets , Yankees , St. Louis Cardinals , Babe Ruth , Lou Gehrig

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