I wrote last week about how Carlos Beltran had the highest slugging percentage and the highest OPS in playoff history, and since then he’s actually managed to raise both numbers while also taking over the all-time playoff lead in batting average and on-base percentage too.
After going 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk last night Beltran is now hitting .400 with a .500 on-base percentage and .897 slugging percentage in eight playoff games for the Cardinals this season.
And here are the updated all-time postseason leaders among players with at least 100 plate appearances:
OBP SLG OPS
CARLOS BELTRAN .489 CARLOS BELTRAN .838 CARLOS BELTRAN 1.327
Lou Gehrig .477 Babe Ruth .744 Babe Ruth 1.211
Babe Ruth .467 Lou Gehrig .731 Lou Gehrig 1.208
Beltran also owns the highest postseason batting average (.378), so he’s basically the all-time playoff leader in everything. And if you prorate his playoff numbers over a full 162-game schedule it works out to .378 with 76 homers, 49 doubles, 135 RBIs, 205 runs, 130 walks, and 49 steals without being caught.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.