Beltran is an absolute monster when it comes to the postseason as the “Mr. October 2.0” nickname has been thrown at this star outfielder more than once in his career. While many will bash the playful nickname by calling it disrespectful considering the original Mr. October — Reggie Jackson — has a World Series championship on his MLB resume and Beltran does not.
I understand the hesitancy, yet it’s perfectly fine to give Beltran such high praise as he now has 15 post-season home runs, which is the same amount that Babe Ruth had in his 22-year career. Pretty impressive, huh?
Either way, the Pirates immediately felt the wrath of Beltran when he smashed a three-fun home run in the third inning that opened up Game 1 for the Cardinals to win the game by a score of 8-1. Although it’s early; Beltran’s big-time blast has put him in the driver’s seat for the 2013 NLDS MVP Award. Let’s see if he’s still the MVP for the Cardinals this time next week.