Yesterday on this very blog, I made the case that Brandon Belt should be playing after crushing Triple-A and take over for the under-performing Aubrey Huff. One day later, Belt is in the lineup and Huff is starting on the bench. Obviously we’ve learned that Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean are readers. Knowing just how great of an influence the blog is having on the world I thought about making today’s post about the importance of recycling or how to trim the federal deficit, but then I realized Huff was 2 for 15 in his career off Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter. Probably just a standard day off rather than a drastic change in the make up of the defending champion and current NL West leader.
I still believe that Belt will eventually become an everyday player. You’ll recall that last year it took the Giants a little while to insert Buster Posey as the everyday catcher before he ultimately became their best player. There’s no telling if Belt is ready for that sort of start as well, but he certainly has the talent and has proven his worth in the minor leagues. Here’s a look at the numbers of the Giants current outfielders and Huff:
Huff – .219 AVG .278 OBP .337 SLG
Cody Ross – .234 AVG .322 OBP .383 SLG
Pat Burrell – .234 AVG .342 OBP .398 SLG (and a pathetic error tonight)
Andres Torres – .261 AVG .352 OBP .446 SLG
Aaron Rowand – .250 AVG .300 OBP .372 SLG
Nate Schierholtz - .253 AVG .302 OBP .434 SLG
By the looks of it, nobody’s job on this list should be safe (although Belt realistically couldn’t take center field). Belt didn’t have the best start to begin this year, but he should be better the second time around. Don’t miss out on the next NL’s version of Eric Hosmer if he’s available.
- Kris Medlin could be back and ready to start for the Braves in mid to late August.
- Ryan Howard was running with a noticeable limp down the first base line on a double play ball according to the broadcasters for the Nationals.
- Alfonso Soriano was placed on the 15-day DL with a left quad strain. The Cubs and Soriano don’t expect the injury to last longer than the 15 days. The Cubs recalled Tyler Colvin who has been one of the bigger disappointments among the potential breakout candidates for this season. Since his demotion to Iowa, Colvin hasn’t done much numbers wise to make you think he can helped mixed leagues.
- Chone Figgins will now get a couple days off according to Seattle manager Eric Wedge. This comes after Figgins got a day already this past week.
- While Figgins has struggled, Dustin Ackley has a .394 OBP at Triple-A Tacoma. Adam Kennedy and Jack Wilson’s time may be coming to an end.
- Brett Lawrie is destroying the ball at Triple-A. Over his last ten games, he has 6 home runs and a 1.436 OPS. That’s borderline pick him up now territory for mixed leagues and eat the “NA” eligibility if you have to.
- Ryan Zimmerman has started to play games in extended spring training. Despite the fact that he still feels pain when he throws, the Nationals expect him back in mid-June.
- Justin Morneau had a two home run game tonight. As a Morneau owner, I’ll admit before tonight he could have been bought for $0.20 on the $1 I paid for him. The price is up to $0.50 after tonight.
- John Lackey was solid in his rehab outing with Triple-A Pawtucket and could be back in the Red Sox rotation within the week assuming the elbow responds well.
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