Over the last 10 games, the Giants have four home runs, 26 RBI and a .249 team batting average. Much of that is thanks to the power surge on Tuesday night in a 10th-inning win against the Mets.
Meanwhile, Brandon Belt, over his last 10 games, has two homers, 11 RBI, 10 walks and a .610/.833/.500 line ... by himself. Needless to say if he were putting these numbers up at the major-league level, he'd be the team's best hitter.
Well, there's a good chance he gets a second opportunity soon, as it appears that the Giants will consider calling Belt back up once they get around to coming back to the West Coast.
"We've talked about the pros and cons of a move there," Manager Bruce Bochy said on Tuesday, per Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News.
The cons of bringing Belt back up is the limited time the rook has spent at Triple-A, and the fact that, in a perfect world, he'd get some more seasoning there and continue to rake and really find his rhythm when it comes to the longer grind of a season.
Unfortunately, this isn't a perfect world, and it's actually far from it: as you can see above, the Giants are desperate for offense, and Belt offers that, hopefully right away.
"We're very excited about Belt going down and swinging the bat the way he is," Bochy said. "The man looks very determined to get back up here."
Bochy also acknowledged, though, that it's a LOT easier to talk about Belt coming back up when the Giants aren't swinging the bats worth anything on their own.
"Yeah, sure, when you're scuffling, you're going to have that conversation," Bochy said. "He's one of the best hitters in our system. You don't want your players going out thinking they have to force the issue. With his play, he's doing that. We want him to keep doing that."
So, yeah, expect to see Belt soon. Where's he gonna play, though? Well, Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports' Hardball Talk had an interesting idea: put Belt at third base.
Okay, that's actually more of a "desperate" idea than it is interesting, since Belt's left-handed (Calcaterra updated the post shortly thereafter when he remembered that) and he's most likely to play outfield when he returns.
But there's something to be said here for the state of the Giants' offense right now ... namely, defensive formation really doesn't matter at this stage, so long as it results in runs being scored.
How about Miguel Tejada at first base? Aaron Rowand at catcher? Sure, whatever. Just make it turn into a team that scores runs.
That desperation -- and the languid state of the offense -- is precisely what will get Belt back in the bigs before you know it.