After being out of the starting lineup Wednesday against Washington, both Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval will start tonight against Colorado. Belt, suffering from back stiffness, was replaced at first base by recent call-up Brett Pill. Sandoval sat in favor of Joaquin Arias in an attempt to help the Panda recover from an illness.
Both players pinch-hit in Wednesday’s game, but were unable get on base as the Giants fell 2-1.
Belt and Sandoval have been part of an offensive resurgence in San Francisco, combining for 14 of the teams 37 home runs. Sandoval has been his usual self (2010 caveat) with a .306/.343/.475 line and a knack for destroying pitches out of the strike zone.
After a prolonged illness plagued him in early April, Belt’s recent production has solidified his role as the No. 6 hitter. Since April 22, the Baby Giraffe is batting over .300 and has slugged six home runs. And before you release the regression hounds, Belt’s .333 BABIP (Batting Average on Balls in Play) over that span is just a notch above his .321 career total. Another month of similar production would be the death knell for the remaining Belt haters.
Here’s the rest of the lineup for the Giants, whose three games against the Rockies will complete a seven-game homestand:
vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (2-0, 2.55 ERA)
CF Angel Pagan
2B Marco Scutaro
3B Pablo Sandoval
C Buster Posey
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
LF Gregor Blanco
SS Brandon Crawford
P Tim Lincecum