Carlos Beltran has the highest OPS in playoff history, ahead of Ruth and Gehrig

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I wrote basically this same thing last October, but after another Carlos Beltran playoff homer last night it’s probably time for an update.

Beltran is now a career .357 hitter with 15 homers, 10 doubles, and 25 walks in 35 playoff games, which is good for a 1.244 OPS that’s the highest in baseball history among players with at least 100 postseason plate appearances:

                     OPS
CARLOS BELTRAN     1.244
Babe Ruth          1.211
Lou Gehrig         1.208

Beltran also has the highest playoff slugging percentage of all time, also ahead of Ruth and Gehrig. This is the eighth playoff series of Beltran’s career and he has an OPS above .950 in six of them and an OPS above 1.400 in three of them. What a stud.

The Cards dealt Stephen Piscotty to the A’s, in part, so he could be near his ailing mother

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Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.

Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:

This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.

As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.