One byproduct of Brandon Belt's recent surge at the plate might be a reluctance to play Buster Posey at first base in those half rests that manager Bruce Bochy gives him.

Bochy said Tuesday he is more likely to rest Posey completely which might save wear and tear on the 2012 National League Most Valuable Player even as it upsets fans who want to see Posey play.

Posey has not been immune to the team's long offensive dry spell. His drought reached 11-for-66 (.167) in his past 20 games with a 1-for-4 in Tuesday night's 4-2 loss. His recent failures with runners in scoring position 1-for-12 and 5-for-24 have mirrored his teammates'.

"I wish I had a good explanation" Bochy said. "It shows you no matter how good you are these guys are going to have ups and downs including Buster. More than anything he's been fighting himself. It's kind of like Pablo (Sandoval) too. When they hit the ball pretty good it's right at someone. That compounds the problem.