Orlando Arcia was one of the very worst hitters in Major League Baseball during the 2018 regular season.

The Milwaukee Brewers’ shortstop had a .236/.268/.307 slash line, with three home runs, and a 54 wRC+. Of hitters with at least 300 plate appearances, Arcia was third-worst in OPS and wRC+. Arcia’s offensive woes even led to the Brewers sending him down to Triple-A twice during the season, despite his very good defense at shortstop.

Now, it should be noted that Arcia is still just 24 years old and was a top-10 MLB prospect entering the 2016 season. He was expected to be a much better offensive player than he’s been; the ability and upside have always been there.

Well, all of a sudden, Arcia looks as good as any hitter alive, and at the most important time.

In Monday night’s Game 3 of the NLCS, Arcia hit a two-run opposite field homer against Dodgers’ rookie sensation Walker Buehler to give the Brewers a 4-0 lead in the seventh.

That’s Arcia’s third homer of the postseason. Or, the same amount of homers he hit in the *regular season*.

Arcia has homered in three of the last four games, and currently has a .737 SLG and 1.000 OPS in the postseason.

This is the perfect example of how friggin’ wacky baseball can be, and another example of a highly unexpected postseason hero (something that seems to happen just about every October).

Arcia’s stunning offensive contributions have played a huge part in Milwaukee’s playoff success. The Brewers held on to take down the Dodgers 4-0 in Game 3, and now have a 2-1 NLCS lead.

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