Brandon Belt was named National League Player of the week (ending August 11th) and I could not be more thrilled. Belt had a monster week with a 7-game hit streak and has 11 hits in his last 25 at-bats (.440 average). He had three doubles, two home runs, and slugged .800. Brandon also drove in five runs … which doesn’t seem like all that many until you note that the Giants have only scored 17 runs in the last seven days. He also worked three walks – because what would BBrandon BBelt be without being down with OBP?
After being benched in the Philadelphia series in favor of Brett Pill, Belt has shown major improvements in his swing, including a new lighter grip on the bat and moving back in the batter’s box. Belt also had a chat with Phillies outfielder, Dominic Brown, at the request of Hensley Muelens. As reported by Alex Pavolovic, one tip spoke to Belt in particular:
“Domonic said it only took him a couple of days to change his grip,” Belt said. “I thought, if it only took him a couple of days, maybe I can do it in a couple of days, too.”
And boy, was he right. In his next start, against the Tampa Bay Rays, Belt was one double short of the cycle. Since Belt’s batting stance makeover, he has been batting .438 and slugging .875. And the NL Player of the Week honor was just the cherry on top of the sundae.
Hoping that the “New and Improved” Brandon Belt will accomplish the following:
- Allow the Brett Pill crowd to quietly fade into the background
- Allow KNBR to talk about more pressing issues other than the slumpiness of Brandon Belt’s shoulders
- Let us see more Brandon Belt smiles:
- Put the “move the fences in” talk to rest. Because this was a monster shot: