Manager Jerry Manuel made his intentions known on August 2nd that Carlos Beltran would be batting exclusively for him in the third spot of the Mets starting lineup from that day forward.
Since that decision was made, the veteran centerfielder has contributed very little offensively by going 3-for-22 registering seven strikeouts. Initially made to protect clean-up hitter David Wright while batting fifth, Beltran struggles have created a trickle-down effect (he is currently batting .195) when stationed within the top third of the Mets lineup.
Having Beltran in the three-hole, David Wright has gone 2-for-19 with seven strikeouts during the same 6-game span. Coincidence? I think not. Perhaps it’s time for Jerry to re-evaluate his decision.