Opinion: Where is Carlos Beltran

In a post to his blog for the New York Post, Joel Sherman quotes a long-time National League scout as saying, while the Phillies have spirit and the Braves can hit, “I really think the Mets are the class of the division if – and this is my big if – if the two Carloses hit.”

…there has been a lot of talk regarding Carlos Delgado, and rightfully so, but some are saying that Carlos Beltran is getting a free pass from due criticism…

In 110 at bats this season, Beltran is hitting .218 with just two home runs and 13 RBI – all while batting clean up. 

Beltran is hitting .167 with runners on base, and is 0 for 19 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

However, he is on pace to draw nearly 130 walks this season, compared to just 69 all of last year.

to me, this says he is not getting any quality pitches to hit…and so he is being patient and taking the walk…and when he does choose to swing, if you notice, most of the pitches are outside of the strike zone – and, as such, he is on pace to strike out the most of any season in his career…

…frankly, you can thank delgado’s struggles and the early-season absence of Moises Alou for this…i mean, why would any pitcher give beltran a decent pitch to hit if the only threat behind him is Ryan Church, assuming he isn’t batting second that day…

…also, there are lots of people who keep suggesting that beltran is playing in pain…to which i think, no kidding…when isn’t he playing in pain…i suspect he hit 40 home runs in 2006 while in pain, and he strikes out in pain…it is what it is…

…the problem, now, be it physical or mental, is that beltran looks to have developed some bad habits – probably from having the bat on his shoulder so much – and now seems to legitimately be in a slumpsuch is baseball

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