When Prince Fielder signed his massive $214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers before last season, expectations for the Tigers went right through the roof. While Fielder did help Detroit make the World Series, the son of former MLB slugger Cecil Fielder must have bigger plans for the 2013 season.
The Tigers will be even better than they were last season with the return of Victor Martinez so there is zero doubt that Fielder’s numbers may go up in turn. Fielder hit 30 home runs and knocked in 108 last season while hitting over .300 for the first time in his career. The return of Martinez to the lineup is only going to provide Fielder more fastballs to hit.
There has to be a chip on Fielder’s shoulder as well after hitting just .071 in the World Series loss. That is a big shoulder for a chip to be on, but if Fielder continues doing what he normally does–which is playing every single game and hitting 35-40 home runs–the Tigers are going to find themselves playing for a title again this year.
I wasn’t sure what would happen with Fielder last season with the shadow of his father being there. Fielder looks like he is out of that shadow already and while Detroit is a much more difficult place to hit at, the home run numbers didn’t go down that much. The numbers are only going to go up this season however with the team being at full strength all year. The Tigers honestly could win 100-105 games in 2013 in large part to what Fielder and the rest of the Detroit lineup does.