The classy Carlos Beltran is off to another good start in 2013. Beltran's two-out, two-run single in the 5th inning Tuesday night broke the game open in the Cardinals' 10-2 rout over the Padres.

Beltran has 10 homers, 29 RBIs and a combined onbase+slugging percentage of .845. That's right in line with his .845 OPS in 2012.

To this stage of the season, Beltran, age 36, shows no signs of decline from his usual standards. And because of a broken toe, he wasn't 100 percent at the start of season. That didn't stop him.

It's a long year, of course. Remember, Beltran labored after June in 2012, batting .228 with 12 homers and a .712 OPS after July 1st. Maybe it was the knee, maybe it was fatigue. But Beltran wasn't the same hitter.

Well, at least until the postseason.

After having a 2-homer game in the final week of the regular season to help the Cardinals clinch the NL's second wild card spot, Beltran went off in the playoffs. In the series vs. Washington and San Francisco he batted .357 with a 1.154 OPS. In 50 plate appearances he hit 3 homers, 6 doubles and had 7 walks. Beltran's timely resurgence obviously made a difference.

Manager Mike Matheny made a pledge to get Beltran more off days in 2013 and perhaps that will prevent a second-half slide. So far Beltran is pretty much playing as much as he did last year; his average plate appearances per game is virtually the same as in 2012. But I'm assuming Matheny will give Beltran more down time as the summer heat rolls in.