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.
Let's repeat that: Beltran is a better during the postseason than Ruth and Gehrig.
Here are the rankings:
1. Beltran, .478 (115 plate appearances)
2. Gehrig, .477 (150 PA)
3. Ruth, .467 (167 PA)
1. Beltran, .819
2. Ruth, .744
3. Gehrig, .731