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Belt's day-night discrepancy evening out

Belt's day-night discrepancy evening out


NEW YORK -- Brandon Belt is in the process of making a statistical flaw look obsolete.

The Giants first baseman entered Tuesday's series opener against the Mets with a lopsided difference in his batting average at night (.324 in 91 games) and during the day (.213 in 47 games). The disparity has dwindled since Belt implemented the changes that have accounted for his second-half surge -- standing deeper in the batter's box and changing his grip on the bat.

Belt owns a five-game hitting streak in day games, batting .368 (7-for-19) in that span.

"As soon as I started figuring things out, my production got better," he said.

Belt wasn't certain how the day-night differences developed in the first place.

"I don't think there's anything you can do, except get some sleep," he said, joking. "It might be a matter of doing something a little different to make sure my body is awake and ready for the game."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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