Belt went 1-for-2 with three walks and a run scored in Tuesday's 9-7 win over Cincinnati. Belt has responded well to being moved down to sixth in the order, homering Monday and reaching base four time Tuesday. He appears to be breaking out of the eight-game slump in which he went 2-for-33. He will likely stick in the six-hole so long as the Giants continue to put up runs like they have over their last two contests.
Belt homered and knocked in two runs in a 3-for-4 game Monday against the Reds. Belt was dropped to sixth in the lineup Monday and responded in resounding fashion. He had been in a horrendous slump, with just a .223/.310/.348 line and zero home runs since his last blast June 19 against the Rays. If he can come up with a few more nights like these in the near future, expect him to rise back to his old spot in the heart of the Giants' order.
Belt was dropped to sixth in the lineup Monday against the Reds. He is hitting just .185/.312/.277 in 65 at-bats in July and the cold stretch prompted manager Bruce Bochy to bat Belt sixth for the eighth game this season. The first baseman has typically hit third or fifth this season, and he should return to a more advantageous spot at some point, provided he snaps out of this funk. Jarrett Parker is starting in right field and hitting third Monday.
Belt went 0-for-1 with four walks and a run scored in Friday's 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks. That wasn't a typo, Belt did actually start this game, but he reached base via the free pass four times Friday, only registering one official at-bat. He exhibited his elite plate discipline bringing his on-base percentage over the .400-mark, something only eight other players in the majors can make a claim to. While the All-Star voting system is essentially a popularity contest, it is safe to say that Belt earned his first appearance with a slash line of .299/.404/.517 through the first-half of the season.
Updating a previous report, Belt will get the starting nod in left field Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Belt was originally scheduled to get the day off with left-hander Robbie Ray on the mound for Arizona, but the late scratch of Gregor Blanco (knee) resulted in a lineup reshuffle. Jarrett Parker will move from left field to center, while Belt is inserted in left to cover for him (Buster Posey is currently listed as the starting first baseman).
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