Adrian Beltre has become this October’s version of Edgar Renteria–an accomplished veteran making the most of the postseason.
Last year, Renteria, 33, rose to the occasion winning the WS MVP Award.
Granted, Edgar’s WS performance came as more of a surprise considering he suffered through an injury-riddled season for the Giants playing in just 76 regular season games.
Then after being named the Giants’ starting SS for the NLCS against Philadelphia, Renteria registered one meager hit all series.
The World Series, however, was a different story.
A Game 2 HR off C.J. Wilson snapped a scoreless tie en route to a 9-0 Giants win. Then a back-breaking 3-R HR off Cliff Lee in a deciding Game 5 wooed voters into tabbing Renteria as the series MVP–a far cry from where he started the season, let alone the NLCS for that matter.
On the contrary, Beltre, 32, was a force in the Rangers lineup all season hitting .296 with 32 HR and 105 RBI in 124 games played. What’s more, he leads Texas in postseason hits with 18.
But it’s his WS marks that are right on par with Edgar’s .412 avg., 2 HR & 6 RBI. Beltre’s hitting .381 for the series with 1 HR, 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 4 runs scored.
Making his WS debut in Game 1, Beltre notched two hits and scored on Mike Napoli’s game-tying HR. He matched a Texas postseason record with four hits in Game 3. Then added a game-tying solo HR during the 6th inning of Game 5 helping the Rangers to a 3-2 series lead.
While impressive, it doesn’t quite match the performance of teammate Mike Napoli, whose clutch at bats makes him the more likely choice for MVP honors should Texas win the title.
But with two possible games remaining, Beltre is hardly eliminated from MVP consideration.
A game-winning hit to give the Rangers its first-ever world championship would go a long way towards swaying voters in Beltre’s favor.
That would be very Renteria-like, actually, even better.