NL West leading Giants lose home run leader Brandon Belt to broken left thumb


The San Francisco Giants will lack their crowning achievement leader for the vital last week of the 2021 routine season. First baseman Brandon Belt has a damaged left thumb, an x-ray exposed Monday, according to The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly. The Giants did not offer a schedule for his return.

Belt suffered the injury when he squared around to bunt versus the shift versus Rockies lefty Lucas Gilbreath in the seventh inning Sunday. He stayed in the video game to run the bases, then was eliminated after the inning. Here’s the video:

“Not at all,” Giants supervisor Gabe Kapler informed press reporters, consisting of’s Maria Guardado, when asked whether he had an issue with Belt attempting to bunt. “He knows when the best way for him to get on base is to put a bunt down. … Not surprised. I thought it was a smart play against a tough lefty late in the game.”  

Belt, 33, is among a number of veteran Giants having a resurgent season. He owns a .274/.378/.597 batting line with a team-leading (and career-high) 29 crowning achievement. Belt has actually been specifically hot the last couple of weeks, striking .349/.451/.721 with 9 crowning achievement in September. Now he’ll miss out on an unidentified length of time, possibly consisting of postseason video games.

Replacing Belt’s offense will be close to difficult. Replacing him initially base will not be too tough though. The tricky fantastic LaMonte Wade Jr. played the position when Belt was sidelined with oblique and knee issues previously this year. Wilmer Flores can play very first base also, ditto for Kris Bryant. San Francisco is not brief on first-base capable gamers.

Of course, losing among your finest players (and your finest power player) when you’re defending a department title is a disastrous blow. The Giants are 2 video games up on the competitor Dodgers with 6 video games to play. It is totally possible the NL West race will decrease to the last day of the season this Sunday.

The Giants have actually currently clinched a postseason area. They liquidate the routine season today with a six-game homestand versus the Diamondbacks and Padres. San Francisco is an MLB finest 102-54 this year.

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