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Can Brandon Belt play third base?

May 3, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

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Observed: The Giants have the second-to-worst offense in the National League, scoring only 3.54 runs a game.

Observed: By virtue of the Pablo Sandoval injury, their starting third baseman is Miguel Tejada, who is hitting .211/.245/.295.

Observed: Brandon Belt, who they sent down to Fresno last week, is hitting .517 with two homers four doubles, eight walks and ten RBI in 37 plate appearances at AAA.

Yes, I know Belt doesn’t play third base, but Miguel Tejada stinks on ice on defense too.  If you’re the Giants, don’t you try something?  This is getting pathetic.

UPDATE: Gleeman reminds me that, duh, Belt is a lefty and you don’t exactly see a lot of lefties playing third base. So, fine, dumb idea. Even so, at least consider putting Huff over there. Yeah, he’d stink too, but he’s already showed an admirable willingness to embarrass himself on defense this year, so maybe it could work.  And all of that said, I’d probably rather play an inexperienced lefty third baseman than Miguel Tejada right now.

  1. sayheykidwschamp - May 3, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Huff is also a lefty. But Huff will be at 1st or OF…hopefully not RF. Belt is being groomed to play LF or RF in AAA and will probably be called up after the ASbreak…unless things really fall apart in the next 2 weeks.

    With Pablo out, and Tejada just regressing before our eyes, the only options are to bring up some AAA prospects. It would be tough to trade away prospects or Rowand, the only hot hitter left. We have great defensive prospects who are ready now, but can’t hit. Many fans want the prospects up because they won’t hit any worse than Tejada, but they will provide great defense with a better arm and wider range to help our pitchers. This is really the only option for SS/3B…until DeRosa comes back, but he is just too fragile to be a reliable solution off the DL.

    But nothing will help this offense unless Huff, Posey and FSanchez get hot. Otherwise, it will be our pitchers trying to pitch perfect games to get any wins.

    Right now, except for Rowand and the pitchers, everyone looks tired or injured. Just no life to the team.

    • sayheykidwschamp - May 3, 2011 at 1:26 PM

      Correction – Huff is a righty with the glove…but no way they move him to 3rd.

    • Kevin S. - May 3, 2011 at 3:28 PM

      Actually, if the Giants can convince somebody that Rowand’s BABIP-fueled two months of semi-decency is somehow more representative of his abilities going forward than the previous three years of sucktitude, they should dump the last year and a half on whatever sucker they find and not think twice about it. Actually getting value back for him would just be gravy.

      • sayheykidwschamp - May 3, 2011 at 4:25 PM

        That’s a tough call. Trade now that he is finally tradeable or keep the hot bat since everyone else is ice cold. Now that Sandoval is on the shelf for 2 months, he’s the only consistent and hot bat. your guess as good as mine.

  2. baseballfanatic23 - May 3, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Huff throws righthanded, bats lefthanded. He has also played 360 career games at 3rd. Not a terrible idea to shift him back and bring up Belt

  3. aaronmoreno - May 3, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    If we’re going this far, why even use a third baseman? Just go with 4 outfielders and hope for the best.

    • tomemos - May 3, 2011 at 5:01 PM

      That’s essentially what teams did against Bonds.

  4. ceadderman - May 3, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    How bout moving Burris to the Corner? Yeah I know he’s not a natural Corner guy but he’s GOT to be better than Tejada. Bring up both Ishikawa and Belt and sit Tejada. Stick Belt in the middle and put Ishi on the other Corner to spell Huff.

    Drastic times call for drastic measures. Anyone would be better than Tejada at this time. Sitting him would help the guy find some energy and possibly his stroke by using him as a bench player similar to what happened with Rowand.

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