Funny how Carlos Beltran gets lucky every October

The stat geeks mock the idea of a clutch performance, but it isn’t it more ridiculous to attribute the success of Beltran, who now has 16 HR and 31 RBI in 37 postseason games, to good fortune? I guess Smoltzie and Curt Schilling were just lucky, too. Then there’s Nick Swisher, batting .165 in 158…

B.J. and beyond

The good, the bad and what this means for 2013. Jim Bowden likes the move. That’s worrisome. Upton whiffs. A lot. But so did Michael Bourn. Upton is not Bourn’s equal as a defender, but he ain’t bad. Speaking of Bourn, he’s not coming back. Upton will be 33 when his contract ends. Derek Lowe…

No to Nick Swisher

The Braves are among six teams pursuing Nick Swisher at a starting price of three years and $11-to-$13 million per, reports Jon Heyman. I wouldn’t pay that, and I suspect he’ll get more. Stat geeks will pillory me for this, but here’s why I’m wary of Swisher, 32 on Opening Day: 1.) He would be…