Brandon Belt Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 235 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/20/1988 (34)
Brandon Belt Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Brandon Belt News
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (neck) is back at first base and is hitting second in the batting order on Tuesday night against Colorado Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela. Belt was scratched from the lineup each of the last two days due to neck stiffness, but it's looking like he'll return to action on Tuesday. However, this is set to be just his second game since returning from the COVID-19 injured list last Saturday, so fantasy managers may want to temper expectations. The 34-year-old left-handed slugger has been decent to begin the year, hitting .239/.386/.463 with an .848 OPS, four home runs, nine RBI and 12 runs scored in his first 18 games played.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (neck) was a late scratch from Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies. Belt left Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals with neck stiffness and is considered day-to-day. He was originally slated to return to action on Monday against Colorado but apparently his neck is still giving him trouble. He will be replaced at first base by Darin Ruf. Fantasy gamers rostering Belt will want to make sure he isn't in their starting lineups before Monday night's first pitch.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt departed Saturday's contest versus the Cardinals early due to stiffness in his neck and is considered day-to-day. Belt's injury came on a swing during his at-bat in the eighth inning as his club was enjoying a 13-7 lead, so he was pulled before finishing the AB, The timing is very poor as he was activated from the COVID list earlier in the day after missing the last 10 days of action, but we will wait on an update from the team on Sunday to find out the true severity. The 34-year-old has a long history with injury so even if this remains a minor ailment, managers shouldn't hold their breath that he stays healthy the rest of the way.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt put on a show in the shortened 2020 season, notching a triple-slash of .309/.425/.591 while clubbing nine home runs and knocking in 30 runs in 51 games. While many will look at the chaotic nature of the 2020 season and think this is a small sample size fluke, I think that would be casting aside some significant changes.After spending four years in a row with a launch angle close to 22-degrees, Belt dropped the launch angle to 18-degrees last year. His FB% dropped 6.1%, his infield fly ball rate fell from 7.8% to 0% (yes, zero), and his line-drive rate went up by four percent. Yes, his HR/FB jump from 8.8% to 19.1% is likely unsustainable, but it also shows that the swing change caused Belt to be able to square the ball up more consistently and drive it more effectively. In fact, his 16.8% barrel rate was good for the 10th-best in all of baseball last year. The fact is that Belt is only 32-years-old, he clearly benefited from swing changes, and the Giants made adjustments to their park dimensions allowing Oracle Park to become more hitter-friendly, playing as the 12th best park for HR power. All of this gives Belt more value than the market seems to think considering he's being drafted at an insulting ADP of 322.