SF Giants veteran third baseman is in the midst of an impressive streak at the plate

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After a very slow start at the plate, SF Giants veteran third baseman Matt Chapman has gotten it going over the past month. In fact, he has reached base safely in 25 straight games.

SF Giants veteran third baseman is in the midst of an impressive streak at the plate

Hat tip to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, Chapman's run is the longest streak for a Giants hitter since Eduardo Núñez reached base safely in 33 consecutive games. Núñez appeared in parts of two seasons with San Francisco and quickly became a fan-favorite due in part to his energetic style of play.

The former infielder came over to the Giants before the 2016 trade deadline in a deal that sent pitching prospect Adalberto Mejía to the Minnesota Twins. Núñez helped the Giants reach the playoffs that season as he posted a .744 OPS in 144 plate appearances following the trade. He recorded three hitless at-bats during the 2016 playoffs for San Francisco.

Núñez excelled at the plate with the Giants. This included the 33-game stretch where he reached base safely. That streak began at the end of May and ran through the middle of July, shortly before he was shipped to the Boston Red Sox.

On the other hand, Chapman has quietly been a stabilizing presence in the Giants lineup. He is able to impact the game in the field, at the plate, and on the bases. The veteran bat is a different hitter than
Núñez as he relies more on walks and power to contribute offensively. Núñez sprayed the ball all over the field and put pressure on the defense with his speed.

Chapman has been on a tear during his streak, slashing .297/.413/.539 with four home runs, 14 RBI, and 22 runs over the past 24 games. It feels like he is in the middle of a bunch of Giants rallies.

Overall, the right-handed bat has a solid .728 OPS with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 270 plate appearances during his first season with the Giants. Plus, he has played strong defense at the hot corner. The eight-year veteran is proving to be a nice addition to the Giants roster after joining the club late in the offseason. This streak highlights the many ways in which he can generate value for the club.