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Matt Duffy went 4-for-5 on Tuesday night.
With the Giants trailing 3-2 in the eighth, he delivered a game-tying RBI double and the Orange and Black eventually won 8-3.
"He's legit. He's the Rookie of the Year, I think," Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow said on KNBR 680-AM Wednesday morning. "The Giants have two compelling arguments for Rookie of the Year -- Chris Heston and Matt Duffy -- you take either one of those guys out of the whole equation and the Giants are probably under .500 by a bunch."
Duffy is hitting .309 with nine home runs and 49 RBI through 93 games.
Not bad for a guy who didn't take over the full-time duties at third base until late May.
Heston, who took advantage of his call-up following early-season injuries to Matt Cain and Jake Peavy, is 11-5 with a 3.24 ERA in 21 starts.
Who is competing against Duffy and Heston?
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (who was an All-Star over Duffy) is hitting .246 with 14 home runs and 61 RBI. But he's hitting just .138 with two home runs and 12 RBI over his last 23 games, and his 128 strikeouts are the second most in the National League.
Speaking of strikeouts, Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson leads the NL with 129. He does have 21 home runs, but only 43 RBI. The 23-year old is hitting .222 on the season and is just 15-for-94 (.160) with one home run since July 1.
Bryant and Pederson are slumping, while Duffy is red-hot.
"We're all watching this guy (Duffy) blossom, and we're seeing how he does it, and there's no fluke to the way that he takes his at-bats," Krukow said. "There's a lot of thought that goes into his at-bats, and I think that's really one of the strongest things that he does at the plate, is think. He thinks so well. He thinks within an at-bat, he thinks within a game, his adjustments that he makes are adjustments that you wouldn't see from a guy who has been at this level for six years."
Not only is Duffy producing, but he's doing it with the added pressure of hitting third in the lineup.
Bruce Bochy moved Duffy into that spot for good on June 24, and at the time, Duffy was hitting .289. He's raised that average 20 points.
"What Duffy has done is extremely difficult because he's being asked to hit in the third spot of the lineup," Krukow explained. "And that's a spot in the lineup that you have to have a hitter. You have to have a guy who has some finesse in the way that he takes his at-bats. He has to be able make adjustments to whatever type of pitching he gets, and he does that. He does that so beautifully."