San Francisco Giants: Why Brandon Belt Needs to Start

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San Francisco Giants: Why Brandon Belt Needs to Start
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Due to injuries, setbacks, under-performance, and defensive ineptitude, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has been placed in a rather unappetizing position.  The Giants roster is currently lacking professional baseball talent at third base, shortstop and second base.  

The preseason trio of first basemen have a combined 18 RBI, and Bochy seems to be treating right field on an inning-by-inning basis.  

Nothing perplexes fans more, however, than Bochy's continued yo-yoing of top major league prospect Brandon Belt.  Of the Giants' 35 games, Belt has only started 17.  

The competition?  None other than late bloomer Brett Pill.  Pill is the right-handed half of the first base platoon, a platoon that runs according to three strictly held rules:  

1) Left-handed hitters should never hit against left-handed pitchers

2) First basemen should always hit for power

3) On-base percentage and defense are less important than power hitting.  

Bochy's dogmatic adherence to these rules has kept Belt out of the everyday lineup.  While Belt's performance has been underwhelming, the alternatives are thin.  

Though this topic has been beaten into the ground, the fact that it's still an issue is baffling.  Plus, would you rather argue over the merits of starting Conor Gillaspie vs. Charlie Culberson?  

Here are three reasons why Belt needs to be the guy.  

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