Originally written on Fantasy Baseball 365  |  Last updated 6/17/12
Brandon Belt collected a hit in his fifth straight game last night and had a walk for the third time in five games. Previously his longest hitting streak was 3 games this season. That's because he has often been asked to come up as a pinch hitter, and has never been a consistent presence in the lineup. Fortunately for Belt, Aubrey Huff has been worse than anyone could have ever imagined and as his luck would have it Huff pulled a Kendry Morales during the Matt Cain perfect game. Belt is finally getting a chance, and this might be the week we look back on as the week that Belt finally arrived. 

Belt was homerless, but broke out with homers in three consecutive games to start the mini hit streak he is currently on. Perhaps the most significant part of the barrage is that all three home runs came against lefties. That will make it even harder for Huff or any member of the Giants to eventually replace Belt in a platoon role. Finding free agents that will stay on a roster for the duration of a season is harder to do at this time of the year in mixed leagues, but it would appear that Belt has the potential to do that. He should be rostered if he is avaialble.

  • Brandon Beachy left his start against the Orioles in the 4th inning with elbow discomfort. Beachy bounced two curve balls to Chris Davis and then tried to throw a fastball, but his velocity was down in the mid-80s (Fangraphs has his average fastball at 91). Given that Beachy was pitching with more than a week of rest after feeling discomfort in his last start, he is likely heading to the DL. Hopefully it wasn't worse than a 15-day trip. 
  • Tim Lincecum claims he wants the ball every fifth day for the Giants, but some are beginning to question if the Giants should skip him in the rotation to give him a mental break. Lincecum has not won since late April.   
  • Ervin Santana was brilliant last night retiring the first 20 batters he faced. Of course nobody in a daily league benefitted from this outing out of fear from his last four starts when he allowed 23 earned runs in 20.1 innings. 
  • Bud Norris has been scratched from his start today and a fellow by the name of Dallas Keuchel will get the start. Keuchel does not bring much to the table in terms of fantasy (46 strikeouts in 80 innings at Triple-A). 
  • The Blue Jays have activated Brett Cecil to make his first start of the season today. Cecil had been in Double-A because poor performance at spring training. With Kyle Drabek possibly facing Tommy John surgery, Cecil will look to hang on in a suddenly wounded rotation. 
  • Yoenis Cespedes was out yesterday and will be out again today for Oakland. In better news, Brandon McCarthy will start on Tuesday. 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong, replaced a broken phone

49ers OC: Kaepernick didn’t regress as much as believed

John Calipari may coach Kentucky until he is 73

Eric Berry cleared to practice with Chiefs

WATCH: Pedro Martinez's number retired in ceremony

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia suspended 162 games for PEDs

Brady told staff to hand copy of game ball rules to officials

Phillies agree to send Jonathan Papelbon to Nationals

Report: Russell Wilson to end contract negotiations Friday

Report: Brady authorizes NFLPA to appeal his case in court

NFL, NFLPA reduce Le'Veon Bell suspension

What would a Cole Hamels trade look like?

Luther Campbell jabs FSU coach over decommitment

WATCH: Royals infielders combine for incredible play

Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey to hold out of training camp

Terry Bollea's self-destruction: Hulkamania as social construct

Lou Holtz: ND has 'legitimate chance' to make playoff

Golfer Billy Hurley III asks for help finding missing father

Dismissed Clemson DE tweets he hates cops after arrest

Smith to report to camp, no charges filed for child abuse

Angels stockpile outfielders, acquire Murphy and DeJesus

Penguins trade Brandon Sutter to the Canucks

Ronda Rousey willing to fight Miesha Tate a third time

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong

NFL upholds Tom Brady's suspension, legal battle likely

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

Galette appears to unload on Payton

Dez Bryant in 'financial distress' before signing new deal

Top 10 CFB coaches on the hot seat

Was Popovich close to retiring last year?

Kyle Busch continues historic run with Brickyard win

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker