I admit that I’ve been a skeptic of Enrique Hernandez over the last couple of years. It would be hard to blame me, especially after his historically pathetic .191 hitting 2016 season. But he’s steadily improved back to his pre-2016 days. Nobody can forget his epic three-home run NLCS performance last fall. This year he’s performed pretty well overall. Sure he still has his warts, but so far he’s been solid. Occasionally he shows flashes of extreme power and talent. His versatility is always a plus for the Dodgers.
The banana man showed some of that explosiveness on Saturday against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants during the Dodger’s 3-1 win over San Francisco. He not only hit a crucial two-run shot off the left handed ace, but he also made a great defensive play in center field.
But if there’s one thing that we often overlook is how much Enrique owns Madison Bumgarner. For some reason Hernandez crushes Bumgarner and it’s pretty awesome to watch. Coming into Saturday’s game, Hernandez was batting .467 against Bumgarner with three career home runs. Here’s how Hernandez is hitting against Bumgarner over 35 career plate appearances.
.467/.484/.933 (14 for 30) – 4 home runs 8 runs batted in-1.417 OPS
Hernandez hit another home run massive home run against Bumgarner on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. The two-run shot gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead, and would prove to be the difference in the 3-1 win over the Giants. It’s quite impressive how much the banana man owns Bumgarner. Yes indeed it is.
The man plays a damn competent center field too, I tell you what. He makes plays like this one and you know I don’t mind seeing him roam center field. He’s got some major chops.
Enrique Hernandez will continue to own Madison Bumgarner. Sweet.