Prince Fielder isn’t exactly batting his typical average, but the Detroit Tigers first baseman is continuing to earn his paycheck with the constant threat he poses at the plate with his explosive bat. If he doesn’t get you with his batting average, he’ll do it another way.
Fielder belted a three-run home run in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in a 6-2 victory. The most feared hitter on the team, Miguel Cabrera, is still sitting out with a sore hip, but Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter added home runs to show why the Tigers have the most feared lineup in the league.
Fielder would prefer to be hitting in the .300s. For the $23 million the Tigers are paying him, he should be hitting in the .300s.
Right now, Fielder is at .269, which is lower than any full-season average he’s ever had except one season. His career average is .285. There’s no reason he shouldn’t be batting that high for the Tigers. That said, he also has 17 home runs with 74 RBIs, which is on par to match other totals he’s had in previous seasons. Last year, in 162 games, he hit 30 home runs and 108 RBIs. He’s only at the 100-game mark right now.
Cabrera should return to the lineup soon, but the Tigers have shown in recent years they’re not a one-man team when it comes to their batting lineup. For the sake of his team, Fielder needs to get his average up, but his power numbers should still make opposing pitchers very nervous.