The veteran outfielder entered the series against the Reds batting .289/.337/.530 with 6 home runs and 17 runs batted in. Beltran has also played a team-high 24 games in the 2013 campaign. Only Molina and Matt Carpenter were second to Beltran with 23 games played this season.
On Friday, Beltran hit home runs from both sides of the plate. It was the 35th multi-home run game of his career. His six home runs this season are leading the club and tied for 7th in the National League. Matt Adams and Carpenter are second on the club with 3 home runs a piece.
Against the Philadelphia Phillies this season, Beltran homered in three straight games.
Entering Monday night, Beltran was sitting in 6th place for all-time home runs by a switch hitter with 340 of them.
His 24 hits this season are second on the team only to Yadier Molina’s 26 hits.
Carpenter, it should be said, entered the final series of April leading the club in runs with 21 runs scored. It’s one of the advantages of batting in the leadoff spot or 2-hole for a large majority of this season. It certainly helps when either Matt Holliday or Allen Craig come to the plate.
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