Is Beltran the best postseason player of all time?

Is Beltran the best postseason player of all time?
October 16, 2012, 5:14 pm
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Carlos Beltran's postseason career numbers are staggering, and he's finding a way to raise them in this year's NLCS between the Giants and Cardinals.

As the boys from HardBallTalk.com point out, among players with 100 playoff at-bats, Beltran is the career leader in postseason batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS.

Beltran, who has 137 postseason plate appearances, can't hold a candle to the totals of perennial playoff contenders like Derek Jeter. Jeter has 734 postseason plate appearances, almost 200 more than the next player. But when it comes to the averages, Beltran is king.

Beltran is 3-for-7 (.429) with a home run and two doubles against the Giants through the first two games of this year's NLCS. And he was 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs and three doubles in the Cardinals' NLDS win over the Nationals.

Batting average:Carlos Beltran -- .378

On-base percentage:
Carlos Beltran -- .489
Lou Gehrig -- .477
Babe Ruth -- .467

Slugging percentage:Carlos Beltran -- .838
Babe Ruth -- .744
Lou Gehrig -- .731

OPS:
Carlos Beltran -- 1.327
Babe Ruth -- 1.211
Lou Gehrig -- 1.208

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