May 1, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) celebrates with center fielder Andres Torres (56) after hitting a 3 run home run in the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt has become quite the nemesis of both Tim Lincecum and Giant fans alike. In 33 career games against the orange and black, Goldschmidt has an eye-popping 24 RBI’s to go along with 7 round trippers, all of that on top of a .297 average. It’s three more homeruns and five more RBI than he has against any team (that other team being the Colorado Rockies) and those two numbers are nothing close to the 4 home runs and 13 RBI he has against the San Diego Padres, whom he holds his third best career numbers against.
Clearly, Giant fans have good reason to despise Goldschmidt on the diamond, but fans of Arizona might be catching similar feelings for the Giants’ Brandon Belt. Brandon Belt? Yes, Brandon Belt.
Despite what many would consider a slow start to his career, Belt has punished the Diamondbacks. After going 5 of 26 with zero RBI’s during his yo-yo shortened 2011 season, Belt has went 22 of 64 against the Snakes, good for a .343 average. In addition, he’s added 17 RBI along with 4 homers in those 20 games. Needless to say, while Goldschmidt might be a thorn in the side of Giant fans, Belt is quickly earning that same reputation in the NL West desert.