The San Francisco Giants will be without their grand slam pioneer for the urgent last seven day stretch of the 2021 customary season. First baseman Brandon Belt has a wrecked left thumb, a x-beam uncovered Monday, as indicated by The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly. The Giants didn’t give a plan to his return.
Belt experienced the injury when he squared around to hit against the shift against Rockies lefty Lucas Gilbreath in the seventh inning Sunday. He stayed in the game to run the bases, then, at that point, was eliminated after the inning.
“Not at all,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters, including MLB.com’s Maria Guardado, when asked whether he had a problem with Belt trying to bunt. “He knows when the best way for him to get on base is to put a bunt down. … Not surprised. I thought it was a smart play against a tough lefty late in the game.”
Belt, 33, is one of a few veteran Giants having a resurgent season. He possesses a .274/.378/.597 batting line with a group driving (and vocation high) 29 homers. Belt has been particularly hot the most recent couple of weeks, hitting .349/.451/.721 with nine homers in September. Presently he’ll miss an obscure timeframe, possibly including postseason games.
Supplanting Belt’s offense will be near inconceivable. However, supplanting him at a respectable starting point will not be excessively troublesome. The slippery extraordinary LaMonte Wade Jr. played the position when Belt was sidelined with slanted and knee issues recently. Wilmer Flores can play a respectable starting point too, same for Kris Bryant. San Francisco isn’t lacking in a respectable starting point competent players.
Obviously, losing perhaps your best hitter (and your best force hitter) when you’re battling for a division title is a staggering blow. The Giants are two games up on the adversary Dodgers with six games to play. It is altogether conceivable the NL West race will go down to the last day of the period this Sunday.
The Giants have as of now secured a postseason spot. They close out the normal season this week with a six-game homestand against the Diamondbacks and Padres. San Francisco is a MLB best 102-54 this year.