Alternate title: #FREEsnoBELT

Brandon Belt has looked absolutely lost at the plate in recent weeks. So lost, in fact, he might as well change his walk up music to “Free Fallin’” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Unfortunately for Belt, first base is not a position the Giants can afford minimal production (See: Stop, short; Crawford, Brandon). The onus, of course, is on Belt to force the hand of management to either keep him or replace him. And, it would appear as though he’s doing more of the latter.

Bochy and Sabean may already considering the unthinkable: Moving Belt from first to Fresno.

“Brian & I talk about a lot of things especially now w/deadline coming,” Bochy said. “I’ll leave it at that”

Tonight’s lineup may or may not be a harbinger of things to come, but with Sanchez ready to come off the disabled list and the trade deadline looming, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think the Giants are preparing for life without Brandon Belt.

Schierholtz continues to start

Bochy is continuing the Schierholtz as leadoff hitter experiment, an experiment that hasn’t exactly paid dividends in the past (Philadelphia excluded)

Split PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip
Batting 1st 16 14 2 4 1 0 2 2 0 2 2 .286 .375 .786 1.161 .200

Though Bochy has denied doing so,  one has to wonder whether the Giants are “showcasing” Schierholtz. Heck, it is hard to draw any other conclusion, especially given Shierholtz’s career numbers against Clayton Richard.

Schierholtz vs Richard

PA AB H 2B 3B HR AVG OBP OPS
11 10 2 0 0 0 .200 .200 .400

 

Gregor Blanco vs  Clayton Richard

PA AB H 2B 3B HR AVG OBP OPS
4 4 2 0 0 1 .500 .500 1.75

 

The Giants could be, as Alex Pavlovic suggests, “riding the Nate wave.” But a strong performance at Citizens Bank Park hardly seems sufficient to oust Blanco.

Giants interested in Indians closer

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting the Giants have shown interest in Indians closer Chris Perez, who is enjoying something of a career year, compiling 21 shutdowns to only 3 meltdowns.

Year Tm W L ERA SV IP H R ER HR BB SO BF ERA+ WHIP HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2008 STL 3 3 3.46 7 41.2 34 18 16 5 22 42 177 123 1.344 1.1 4.8 9.1 1.91
2009 TOT 1 2 4.26 2 57.0 41 28 27 8 27 68 239 99 1.193 1.3 4.3 10.7 2.52
2009 STL 1 1 4.18 1 23.2 17 12 11 3 15 30 106 99 1.352 1.1 5.7 11.4 2.00
2009 CLE 0 1 4.32 1 33.1 24 16 16 5 12 38 133 99 1.080 1.4 3.2 10.3 3.17
2010 CLE 2 2 1.71 23 63.0 40 15 12 4 28 61 260 231 1.079 0.6 4.0 8.7 2.18
2011 CLE 4 7 3.32 36 59.2 46 24 22 5 26 39 248 118 1.207 0.8 3.9 5.9 1.50
2012 CLE 0 2 3.06 26 35.1 30 12 12 2 7 41 145 128 1.047 0.5 1.8 10.4 5.86

Rosenthal believes the Indians would be motivated to Perez because of the $7 million he is due in arbitration next season. Payroll concerns aside, the acquisition would likely require the Giants to further deplete their farm system–making any such move unlikely at best.