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Side by Side: Matt Duffy vs. Pablo Sandoval

Instagram: @mm_duffy

After Pablo Sandoval signed a free-agent contract with the Boston Red Sox, there was some concern about how the Giants would replace his production at third base and in their lineup. Free-agent signee Casey McGehee hasn’t panned out, but the Giants appear to have found a replacement in second-year player Matt Duffy. A look at how Duffy’s numbers compare to Sandoval’s in 2015

DuffySandoval

6-2

Height

5-11

170

Weight

255

55

Games

59

181

At-bats

232

53

Hits

58

6

Home runs

6

31

RBIs

23

10

Walks

12

35

Strikeouts

33

.293

Average

.270

.342

On-base %

.323

.448

Slugging %

.409

.962

Fielding %

.932

0

Benchings

1

14.9K

Instagramfollowers

224K

$509K

2015 Salary

$17.6M

Source: baseball-reference.com; through Thursday

Social media presence

Duffy: Photo of him playing video games with his 35-pound cat, Skeeter, went viral in April.

Sandoval: Benched one game for using Instagram to “like” photos of a woman during Boston’s loss Wednesday.

Quotable

Duffy: after homering in this week’s win over the Mariners that ended a nine-game Giants losing streak at home:

“These fans are too good for us to be playing the way we have been at home. We’ve been playing really well on the road but for some reason or another it hasn’t translated.”

Sandoval: After being benched by the Red Sox this week for posting to his Instagram account during a game against the Braves:

“First time. I take the mistake, I learn from it. I broke the team rules.”

Matt Kawahara

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