Espinosa's success at the plate is because he has been able to trust his hands a lot more and hit the ball where it is pitched.
"I've been going up there feeling comfortable. I've been able to trust my hands," Espinosa said. "My hands are quick enough to be able to see a pitch that I want and react to it. ... It probably keeps me a little more steady. I feel better on a day-to-day basis."
Throughout the entire season, Espinosa hasn't let his offense affect his defense. He was outstanding playing shortstop for Ian Desmond, who was on the disabled list because of an oblique injury. And Espinosa's glove work at second base is always Gold Glove caliber.
"To me, you can't allow your offense to carry over into your defensive play. You have to try to separate those two as much as you can," Espinosa said. "Good at-bat, bad at-bat, you can't allow anything to go on the defensive side. If I don't have a good offensive day, I look at it and say I'm going to try to help the team defensively, whether it's saving a run, turning a double play, or whatever."