The San Francisco Giants desperately need a boost – Brandon Belt is returning just in time – after dropping behind the Dodgers due to a streak of loosing baseball.
Brandon Belt led the Giants with 9 home runs when his thumb broke from a Paul Maholm inside pitch in early May. If his recent rehab numbers are anything to go by, the Giants welcome an offensive stud back into the lineup capable of producing fireworks on the 4th of July.
Over his seven rehab games Belt’s blasted three homeruns and is hitting with an amazing 520/.571/1.000 slash line. Belt’s first homer followed a promise he made to 12-year-old Lyndsey Dworkin. Of course, Belt is quick to point out his stipulation when he told Lyndsey, “I’ll try to hit a home run for you tonight. But maybe a single will do as well.”
Does Belt’s surge of power necessarily mean he’ll join the team in form? Obviously not, he is returning to face Major League pitchers with a thumb that was recently shattered by one of them.
In Belt’s absence, the San Francisco Giants offered Adam Duvall a chance in the big leagues. Fans will remember him for a home run in his first game. Duval will become a useful piece of the 40-man roster with his righty power to compliment the Belt’s from the Left.
Belt fits into the lineup as the second, fifth, or sixth batter. My guess for today’s lineup: Pence, Belt, Sandoval, Posey, Morse, Blanco, Crawford, Hick/Panik, Cain.
More important than the Giants batting order for today, is the amount of power in a healthy Giants team – five bats that should be 3-5 in the lineup.
To get the San Francisco Gaints back to their winning ways, it will sure help if Belt continues to hit home runs every night, but singles will do as well.