Brainwashing. That's what Brandon Belt did in his offseason.

"I mainly just tried to beat into my head what I learned in the second half of last year, when I started playing better," Belt said Saturday.

In his first full big-league season, Belt started slow but hit .329 with power over the last two-plus months. He was 7-for-23 in the NLCS, bookended by 1-for-13 performances in the NLDS and World Series.

The brainwashing is working, so far. Belt went 0-for-4 Saturday to drop his average to .372, but he's got four homers, two doubles and a triple. Is he doing anything different?

"No, not really, I wouldn't say I'm doing anything different. I think maybe the confidence is a little different, just coming into the season with more confidence, knowing more of what to expect from big-league pitchers."

What's up with the power numbers?