Brandon Belt: NL Player of the Week 8/5 – 8/11
Brandon Belt has been named the National League Player of the Week by MLB for the week ending August 11, 2013. Despite the freefall that the Giants are in right now, Belt has been excellent in August. If he can keep this up into next season, Belt and the Giants may be unstoppable once again.
Aug 10, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) hits a ground rule double against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at AT
"Belt collected hits in each of his seven games last week, compiling a .440 (11-for-25) batting average, which was the eighth-highest mark among National Leaguers. The 25-year-old led the Senior Circuit in total bases (20) and runs scored (8), tied for second in home runs (2) and hits, and posted the N.L.’s eighth-best slugging percentage (.800). Belt also added a .500 on-base percentage for the week while clubbing three doubles and collecting five RBI. via MLB"
Belt’s break-through has led to Bruce Bochy playing him consistently at 1B, even with Brett Pill as an option against LHP. I suppose Bochy’s “lefties can’t hit lefties” has had to go out the window with Belt. He also hit a monster home run in Friday night’s loss to the Orioles.
As Bochy put it last week:
"“Shoot, the way he’s swinging the bat I can’t take him out of there,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “I’m going to leave him in the three hole.” via Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle."
What do you guys think? Is this Belt finally breaking out of his slump, or just a fluke?