Beltran won't get a free pass for long

Editor's note: This column was written before the Mets' 6-4 victory Friday at Yankee Stadium, in which Carlos Beltran homered.

In case you lost track of Carlos Beltran once he disappeared from his exotic October stage last fall, here's how life is treating him in his new home – Flushing, N.Y.:

• Believe it or not, he hit as many home runs in the postseason last year as he has hit in the season this year (eight).