There is no doubt Prince Fielder has been struggling this season. He has been getting on base with singles but the extra base power that earned him a 9 year $214 million dollar contract has been non-existent. With no home runs, RBI’s or even an extra base hit from their clean up hitter; Detroit fans are starting to get anxious.
And they are expressing themselves.
Prince Fielder was 1-4 in game 5 but often swung early in the count getting himself out after only 1 or 2 pitches. Fielder has not been talking to the media after ALCS games but did so after the Tigers 4-3 loss to the Red Sox.
Prince’s comments may draw the ire of fans who are watching their world series hopes fade away with each of his ground outs, but don’t expect that to effect Jim Leylands decision-making. He plans on keeping Prince right in the middle of the line-up. When asked about moving Prince down in the order Jim Leyland had this to say to MLive.com.
I don’t think so, Like I said, he’s had some good at-bats — doesn’t have a lot to show for it — and some not-so-good at-bats. But I don’t think so.”
In Leyland defense Prince has been getting on base. If there were runner on ahead of him he would have more chances at driving in some runs. That said, Prince Fielder was signed for one purpose, hitting home runs and in that respect he has had a disappointing season and now dismal postseason.
The Tigers offense is definitely missing Fielders bat. If he can’t find his home run stroke before the end of the ALCS, they might be missing the World Series.