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San Francisco Giants Series against the Nationals: Three Takeaways

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 24: (L-R) Gorkys Hernandez #7, Gregor Blanco #1 and Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park on April 24, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 24: (L-R) Gorkys Hernandez #7, Gregor Blanco #1 and Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park on April 24, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 24: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants hits a two-run home run against the Washington Nationals in the bottom of the third inning at AT&T Park on April 24, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Brandon Belt is Carrying the Giants Offense

Brandon Belt has hit five homers in his last seven games. He’s now on pace to hit a home run every 11.5 official at bats. If he had that pace last season, he would’ve hit 33 homers, and in 2017 he would’ve hit 47. Now I don’t think that’s going to be the case. It’ll probably sit out around 15 or 18 at bats, which still would’ve been good for 25 homers last year.

Belt is good enough to do this. We do know he gets hot and cold, which is why I’d expect a drop-off. But he’s really been locked in lately, and carrying the Giants offense. He’s on an eight game hitting streak, and over that streak he’s brought in eight of the Giants’ 28 runs scored.

When a guy like Belt continues to get on base and make stuff happen, the Giants get wins. That’s how this all goes. If Belt can continue this streak, players like Evan Longoria, Andrew McCutchen, and Buster Posey will have a lot less pressure to get the job done.

Belts push also came with great defensive plays over the weekend in Anaheim, and after a rough start, it seems like Belt is finally getting off a good.

The San Francisco Giants are playing really well now thanks to Brandon Belt, and while we know he is streaky, here’s to hoping he can keep it more consistent this season, and be a continual cog in the middle of the Giants’ lineup.

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The San Francisco Giants will take on the Dodgers in their next series, which will end a daunting stretch to their early schedule, especially without some of the key guys. They’ve set themselves up for success when they get healthy in a month or two, and if they can keep this up, they’ll be just fine in 2018.

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