The Giants announced an X-ray of the first baseman’s left thumb was fractured. Brandon’s Beltas reported by several reporters, including Alex Pavlovich of NBC Sports Bay Area… In yesterday’s game, the belt got caught under the thumb by a serve, and it was soon pulled. The expected recovery time is still unknown, as Belt is still planning appointments with doctors. for Maria I. Guardado from MLB.com… However, for comparison, both JT Realmuto and Joey Votto suffered a fractured thumb earlier this year and missed about a month before returning to acting.
This is a terrible time for Belt and the Giants, both because the postseason starts in a week and because Belt has been on the verge of breaking up lately. Since he returned from a knee injury on August 5, Belt’s cut line has gone absurd .297 / .394 / .690, making 18 home runs on that stretch. According to WRC +, this performance is 83% higher than the league average. After three years of production backlog from 2017 to 2019, Belt has essentially been on fire for the past two years. Since the start of the 2020 season, in 148 games, his line is 0.285 / 0.393 / 0.595. His wRC +, with 163 records during this time, is the third best in the majors among those with at least 550 performances on records, second only to him. Juan Soto and Bryce Harper…
As for the team, it is already guaranteed a place in the playoffs, but which one, remains to be determined. They are currently two games ahead of the Dodgers for the NL West lead, and each team has six games left. In the absence of a belt, they will most likely turn to Wilmer Flores and Lamonte Wade Jr.., each of whom has seen first base at least once this year. Darin Roof could be an option in the future, but he himself had just been placed in IL on Thursday with a side injury. All three of them have been performing well this year, but the loss of the powerful bat Belt is certainly a blow to the offense as it is to any team.
This is also a bad moment for Belt in terms of career, as he goes into free freedom for just over a month. This injury could make it impossible for him to replenish his postseason magazine, which already includes a couple of World Series titles with the Giants in 2012 and 2014. is generating a lot of interest in the open market, even if it may not appear again this year.