Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder did not have a very successful opening series to start the 2013 Major League Baseball season. The slugger must put his woes behind him, and bust out the bat against the New York Yankees.
The Minnesota Twins stifled Fielder, along with the other big sluggers on the Tigers. However, Detroit looks to Fielder to bring the power in the cleanup spot, which is why he is being singled out for not performing at a high level.
The 28-year-old went 2-for-12 with one RBI and two strikeouts. This is hardly what the Tigers hand in mind for their power hitter in the first series of the season, but it is what it is. At this point, there is no reason to dwell on it because the series has already come and gone. Pointing out that he had the second worst batting average on the team among players that had double-digit at-bats will do nothing except motivate him for when he walks up to the plate against the Yankees.
After losing two of three games to Minnesota, Detroit must figure out a way to get their offense going. Averaging 2.6 runs per game against a team that is not known for their starting pitching is certainly a bit concerning. With that being said, it most likely was nothing more than opening series jitters.
The Yankees are in a similar boat in which they lost two of three games to a division rival, and now must figure out a way to get back on track. This could certainly benefit Fielder as New York’s pitching may try to overcompensate on the mound to avoid surrendering multiple runs. If this holds true, the left-handed slugger must feast on any mistakes left over the plate.