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SF Giants: Three key takeaways from the Rangers series sweep

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 10: Manager Gabe Kapler #19 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Oracle Park on May 10, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 10: Manager Gabe Kapler #19 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Oracle Park on May 10, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 10: Mauricio Dubon #1 of the San Francisco Giants hits a pinch-hit rbi single, scoring Austin Slater #13 against the Texas Rangers in the seventh inning at Oracle Park on May 10, 2021. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

SF Giants: Three Takeaways From the Rangers Series

3. Is Mauricio Dubón heating up?

The Giants’ offense is beginning to show signs of life, but some key contributors are still struggling at the plate. Wilmer Flores is one example, but he is a veteran hitter and San Francisco believes that he will regain his form soon enough.

However, Mauricio Dubón is less established, so there is uncertainty on where his potential upside sits. Dubón showed glimpses of his potential with a good performance down the stretch in 2020, but he has struggled to regain that consistency in 2021.

On the year, the 26-year-old has slashed .212/.264/.318 with one home run and eight RBI. One detail that is not included in his bottom line stats is that Dubón has had some baserunning blunders as well.

With that being said, he might be turning the corner at the plate. In his last 15 games, the right-handed bat has posted a .873 OPS including a clutch hit against the Rangers on Monday.

Dubón came to the plate against a tough lefty in John King in the bottom of the seventh inning with two runners on base. He battled for seven pitches and roped the eighth offering from King into left field to score Austin Slater and give the Giants the 2-1 advantage. San Francisco added an insurance run after that, but Dubón’s single gave the Giants the momentum they needed to secure the victory.

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He recorded one more hit in his only plate appearance on Tuesday, so Dubón went 2-2 in the series, but made a noticeable impact. The Giants are hoping to see more from the super-utility player.

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