Los Angeles Dodgers: Unlikely heroes of the 2010s

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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 19: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a home run in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs during game five of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Enrique Hernandez

This spot could have gone to Juan Uribe for his go-ahead home run in the 2013 National League Division Series but instead, it will go to Enrique Hernandez for his performance in game five of the 2017 NLCS.  The Dodgers held a 3-1 lead and were trying to advance to their first World Series since the 1988 fall classic.  The Cubs hoped to fight their way back into the series but Enrique Hernandez but those thoughts to rest early.

Hernandez slugged three home runs including a grand slam in the third inning to put LA up 7-0.  What made Hernandez’s performance unlikely was that he hit just .215 that season with eleven home runs.  While Enrique has shown more power in recent seasons at the time his power especially against right-handed pitching was not very good.  It was an unlikely breakout performance from a utility player who was not yet known for his power.