Washington • Carlos Beltran has a detailed scouting report about the National League Championship Series, which his Cardinals are about to begin on the road against the Giants, his former team: "They're going to boo me like crazy, there's no doubt about that."
That is fine with him. He realizes it is good to be booed for your absence, especially if you are as much of a presence as he was for the Cardinals in their stunning Division Series win over the Nationals. He batted .444, including a leadoff double to start the ninth inning of Game 5 early Saturday morning against closer Drew Storen to spark a four-run burst and a 9-7 win.
"You know, down by two, we needed somebody to get on base in order to get the tying run to the plate," said Daniel Descalso, who eventually hit the two-out, two-run single that tied the score before Pete Kozma hit the deciding two-run single. "So that's a huge at-bat there by Carlos."