Whom would you start -- Brandon Belt or Brett Pill?

Whom would you start -- Brandon Belt or Brett Pill?
August 2, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Bruce Bochy acknowledged that he doesn't have a specific plan to split time between Brandon Belt and Bret Pill. (AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Guess what happens when you get two RBI hits in your big league debut, then tie a game with another in your first career pinch hitting appearance?

If you’re Roger Kieschnick, you get bumped up to fifth in the lineup -- smack in the middle of Buster Posey and Hunter Pence.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he moved Kieschnick up in the lineup in part to break up his left-handed bats, which was particularly important because Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer has been perhaps baseball’s best pitcher over the past two weeks.

Archer is 4-0 with a 0.29 ERA over his last four starts. He’s thrown a pair of shutouts in that span, and he’s coming off a two-hitter at Yankee Stadium.

Bochy’s other daily dilemma continues to be choosing a first baseman between Brett Pill and Brandon Belt.

[RELATED: Brandon Belt career stats | Brett Pill career stats]

Belt is back in there, partly because Archer has been tough on right-handers, and partly because Pill would start Saturday against left-hander David Price.

But Pill started all three games at Philadelphia –- a series that included a right-handed opposing starter. So other than playing matchups, what’s Bochy plan to split time between the two?

“Good question, and I really don’t (have one),” the manager said. “We’re here to win some games and try to get the matchups we want. This guy (Archer) is on a roll and he’s been tough against right-handers.”

It’s a perform-for-play situation, pretty much. How Belt and Pill produce in the first two games of this series likely will determine who gets the start Sunday against right-hander Roberto Hernandez.

The Belt/Pill debate is drawing battle lines among Giants fans like few debates I’ve seen over the years covering this team. So you tell me … should the Giants platoon them, or stick with one, and why? The comments section is all yours. I look forward to reading your thoughts.

 

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