If there’s one thing that’s frustrated Giants fans most in recent years, it very well may be Brandon Belt.
It’s no secret that Belt is a streaky player, at least offensively. His inconsistency at the plate is currently his most defining quality. He’s hit four homers in his last six games, but went 0-18 in his seven games previous.
Marty Lurie joined Larry Krueger on The Krueg Show podcast and came to Belt’s defense, saying he is the least of the Giants problems right now.
“I think you leave Belt alone,” Lurie said. “The big issue here is the outfield. You could move Pence at the deadline if anyone wants to take him. Span’s coming back for a third year, you hope he stays healthy. You really don’t have anyone in left field. Belt is the least of your problems. He’s a Gold Glove first baseman, Posey’s not ready to go to first base, he wants to catch. I say you leave Belt alone, don’t worry about him. Let him play his game and concentrate on these other areas.
“Let him hit third. Let him get on the road and get into some small ballparks. He’s got a shot to hit 25 to 30 home runs this year. He gets on base, he’s got doubles, he gives you good defense. I say leave him alone, don’t bother him.”
With the Giants heading back on the road to take on the Cardinals and the Cubs, Belt will need to do a lot better than previous trips. He’s currently hitting just .219 on the road with 27 strikeouts.
Listen to the full podcast below. To hear Lurie on Belt, skip to 19:00.