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Alex Rodriguez has message for the ‘analytics people’ in MLB

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez had a message for the “analytics people” in MLB on Saturday.

Kiké Hernandez has been on fire this postseason. He hit two home runs in Game 1 of the ALCS and another homer in Game 2 on Saturday. He entered Game 2 of the ALCS batting .500 in the postseason (14/28).

Rodriguez commented after Hernandez remained hot in Game 2 about how Hernandez was proving analytics people wrong.

“For all the analytics people that work in #MLB please stop saying there’s no such thing as hot or cold.

“Kiké is HOT!!!!!!!! Just like Arozarena was last year!!!!

“Simply incredible,” Rodriguez’s tweet said.

Some thinking from statheads has suggested that “clutch” play isn’t a thing and that decisions should not be made based on streakiness, because over time, things revert to the mean.

Those may be the examples of wisdom Rodriguez was challenging with his remark. Regardless, there is no debating how hot Hernandez is for Boston. He has been unreal.

Kiké Hernandez had funny quote about his walk-off RBI

Enrique Hernandez celebrates his RBI

Kiké Hernandez was the biggest bat for the Boston Red Sox in their ALDS with the Tampa Bay Rays that ended on Monday night. So it was fitting to see him be the one to end the series with a walk-off RBI.

Hernandez was batting in the bottom of the ninth with runners on second and third and one out in a 5-5 game between his Red Sox and the Rays in Game 4 at Fenway Park. Hernandez ended up hitting a sac fly to center that scored pinch runner Danny Santana from third.

Hernandez is known for his sense of humor, so it’s no surprise he had a joke about his at-bat. He said he felt like he would have to hit a home run when it was originally the slow-running Christian Vazquez at third base. However, when the Red Sox lifted Vazquez for Santana, he felt the pressure lift.

Leave it to Hernandez to find humor after a walk-off RBI.

Hernandez was on fire in the series. He went 5-for-6 with 3 doubles, a home run and 3 RBIs in the Red Sox’s Game 2 win. He went 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBIs in the team’s Game 3 win. And, fittingly, he ended the series with a sac fly in Game 4.

The Red Sox await the winner of the Astros-White Sox series in the ALCS. They have eliminated their AL East competition — the Rays and the Yankees — from the postseason this year.

Photo: Oct 11, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Enrique Hernandez (5) reacts after hitting a walk-off sacrifice fly against the Tampa Bay Rays to score pinch runner Danny Santana (not pictured) during the ninth inning during game four of the 2021 ALDS at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Watch: Enrique Hernandez makes sweet barehanded defensive play

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Enrique Hernandez made a sweet barehanded play on Friday night at a time when the stakes are extremely high for his team.

The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals were scoreless in the bottom of the fourth and the Nats had the bases loaded with two outs. Andrew Stevenson was at the plate for the Nats and hit a slow chopper towards second, just past the pitcher.

Hernandez was at second and knew he needed to get rid of the ball quickly in order to get the speedy Stevenson out at first. So Hernandez barehanded the ball over to first. He was moving so quickly that he fell forward afterwards.

Hernandez’s efforts worked as the ball barely beat Stevenson at first for the third out.

Boston entered Friday night tied with the Mariners at 89-70 for the second wild card spot. They’re both two games behind the Yankees, who hold the lead for the first wild card spot.

Enrique Hernandez expected to start at second base for Red Sox?

Enrique Hernandez

The Boston Red Sox are making some moves this offseason aimed at making themselves more competitive. On Friday, they agreed to a two-year deal with Enrique Hernandez for $14 million.

Hernandez has served in a utility role for the Los Angeles Dodgers the last six seasons. He showed some pop with 38 combined home runs in 2018 and 2019, while playing every single position except for catcher (yes, he even pitched once).

But Hernandez was looking for a starting job in 2021, and he is getting that.

Ken Rosenthal says Hernandez should get the opportunity to play every day at second for the Red Sox.

Hernandez also has versatility to play in center field, which is another position of need with Jackie Bradley Jr. as a free agent.

For his career, the 29-year-old Hernandez is a .240 hitter with a .738 OPS. He is also viewed as a humorous and fun clubhouse guy.

Kiké Hernandez hilariously taunts Dodgers teammate after intrasquad sweep

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Dodgers utility player Kiké Hernandez showed off a sense of humor while taunting one of his teammates on Friday night.

Hernandez and Justin Turner were captains of teams that faced each other in three intrasquad games at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles from Wednesday-Friday. As Hernandez’s team looked to close out Friday’s game, he brought out a broom.

Sure enough, Hernandez’s team won for the third game in a row, sweeping Turner’s squad.

The Dodgers will actually begin to play other teams over the next week. They host the Diamondbacks in summer camp games on Sunday and Monday and will face the Angels on Tuesday. Then they will host the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night in their first game of the season. The Dodgers went an NL-best 106-56 last season.

Dodgers approaching 2020 season with ‘Last Dance’ mentality

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Many key Los Angeles Dodgers will be free agents after the 2020 campaign, and the team appears to be approaching the season with a 1997-98 Chicago Bulls-type mindset.

Dodgers infielder Enrique Hernandez told reporters Wednesday that there has been acknowledgement among players that 2020 could be their “Last Dance” to win a World Series together in LA, per David Vassegh of AM 570.

Despite winning seven straight division titles and back-to-back pennants in 2017 and 2018, the Dodgers still have yet to capture that elusive World Series title with their current core. Hernandez, Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, Alex Wood, and newcomer Mookie Betts are among the Dodgers who will be due for free agency after the shortened season.

Other players on the team also seem to be preparing to go for broke in 2020, and this definitely has the makings of the final opportunity for the Dodgers to capitalize on a closing championship window.

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Enrique Hernandez apologizes for calling out Dodgers fans

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Enrique Hernandez called out Dodgers fans for their lack of energy after the team’s 4-0 loss in Game 3 of the NLCS on Monday night, and the outfielder is already backpedaling.

Following a game in which he was 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk, Hernandez defended teammate Yasmani Grandal over the boos the catcher received from fans. Hernandez said the game was bad for everyone associated with the Dodgers, noting that the fans at Dodger Stadium “had no energy.” On Tuesday, he apologized.

Hernandez was also critical of the way the team played on Monday, which is what he emphasized in his statement of apology. He said his comments were taken out of context and that the players are to blame for allowing the Brewers to take the crowd out of it early.

“Again, we played like S—,” Hernandez wrote. “Unacceptable game to have during the postseason, especially at home.”

The 27-year-old went on to call Dodgers fans “the best fans in baseball” and vowed to give them something to cheer about during Game 4.

Hernandez was understandably upset after a rough game on Monday, but players calling out fans for their lack of support almost never ends well. He obviously learned that with the backlash he has received over the past 24 hours.

Enrique Hernandez calls out Dodgers fans for lack of energy

Enrique Hernandez

Enrique Hernandez knows his Los Angeles Dodgers need to play better in the NLCS, and he also wants the team’s fans to do better as well.

Hernandez was 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout and was replaced as part of a double-switch in the Dodgers’ 4-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 3 of the NLCS on Monday. After the game, he defended teammate Yasmani Grandal over the boos the catcher received from the fans.

In the process Hernandez said Dodgers fans had no energy.

The problem here is that the fans often respond to the play on the field. The Dodgers fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning and never scored a run. It’s hard to generate energy when that sort of thing happens.

Fans probably won’t like hearing Hernandez’s words, but maybe they’ll feel a need to defend themselves during Game 4 on Tuesday.

Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez had funny joke at Cubs’ expense

Enrique Hernandez

It’s safe to say that Enrique Hernandez is happy to be back at Wrigley Field.

Hernandez’s Los Angeles Dodgers opened up a three-game series against the Cubs in Chicago this week. Before the first game, Hernandez cracked a funny joke at the Cubs’ expense when he noticed a room labeled “utility” next to the visitors’ dugout. Andy McCullough of the LA Times shared the details.

The reference here is that Hernandez, a utilityman, famously hit three home runs against the Cubs at Wrigley Field during the Dodgers’ series-clinching victory in Game 5 of last year’s NLCS. The outburst was especially remarkable since Hernandez, who had never homered in the postseason to that point, became the first Dodger ever to smash three dingers in a playoff game.

The 26-year-old has been noticeably less successful since, hitting .220 in 63 games so far this year. However, priceless wisecracks like this help illustrate why Hernandez is truly a national treasure.

Yasiel Puig takes bat for electric stimulation in hopes of breaking slump

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In the midst of a 7-for-38 slump in the month of May, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has now turned to radically experimental measures in an attempt to break out of it.

Puig posted the following image to his Twitter account on Friday of he and teammate Enrique Hernandez (himself in an 0-for-17 funk in May) taking their bats into the trainer’s room for some electric stimulation therapy.

The Dodgers are currently in first place in the NL West with a record of 18-17. But the two right-handed hitters have been of little help to the crusade as Puig is batting just .230/.276/.365 on the year, while Hernandez has been even worse at .203/.295/.333. The pair has combined for only five home runs and 20 RBIs while racking up 44 strikeouts to just 15 walks.

Hopefully the treatment will help spark some offensive production from the Caribbean duo (no pun intended).

Image Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

H/T Baseball Reddit