Carlos Beltran RF NYY Oct 19 '12

Carlos Beltran (knee) hopes to be back in the lineup for Friday's NLCS Game 5.

"Today was better than yesterday," Beltran said after the Cardinals' Game 4 win. "I was able to go to the cage a lot, right-handed and left-handed, and (Friday) is the day I have to go for it." Beltran has struggled in his career versus Barry Zito, batting just .227/.261/.318 over 44 at-bats, which could play into a decision whether or not to give him another day. Matt Carpenter has filled in for Beltran more than capably, collecting a home run, double and two walks in two games.