Uribe has a flair for the dramatic

Juan Uribe hit .204 and .191 in the first two seasons of his three-year $21 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But boy has he bounced back to provide great value in Year 3.

Juan Uribe

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 hit one in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the 2010 NLCS for the San Francisco Giants against the Philadelphia Phillies, helping the Giants reach the World Series.

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.

That too was a game-winner, on April 11 against the San Diego Padres and Luke Gregerson.