But boy has he bounced back to provide great value in Year 3.
UribeUribe’s go-ahead homer in the eighth inning pushed the Dodgers into the NLCS with a come-from-behind win over the Braves.
A historic homer
The series-winning late-game homer is familiar territory for Uribe.
He’s the first player to hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning or later of two postseason series-deciding games.
Another dramatic Dodgers homer
Uribe is the second player in Dodgers history with a go-ahead HR with his team trailing in the eighth inning or later in the postseason.
The other? Kirk Gibson off Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
What have you done for me lately?
Uribe has been a stellar defender at third base for the Dodgers throughout 2013, solidifying a position that had been a bit shaky for them. He contributed a career-best 4.1 Wins Above Replacement this season, thanks in part to a career-high 15 Defensive Runs Saved.
But his offense has picked up in the last month, first with a three-homer game on Sept. 9 and now with a late-season surge.
Uribe entered Sept. 9 with a .271 batting average, .392 slugging percentage and seven home runs.
He’s hitting .333 with a .640 slugging percentage and seven homers since then.
Inside the Home Run
Uribe’s Game 4 homer came on a hanging slider from Braves reliever David Carpenter.
Uribe’s history is to be susceptible to the breaking ball from a righty, as many hitters are. He missed on 35 percent of his swings against them from right-handed pitchers this season, a hair above major-league average.
According to the pitch-performance data in our tracking system, Uribe had only hit one homer against a slider from a right-handed pitcher all season prior to Monday.