May 23, 2012
Prince Fielder: Detroit Tigers Slugger Takes Home AL Worst of the Night Award
Prince Fielder entered Tuesday’s contest against the Cleveland Indians looking to maintain an impressive hot streak. In seven games prior, the Detroit Tigers’ slugging first baseman was hitting .464 with a pair of home runs and eight RBI.
Better yet, the hitter currently known as Prince was due to face a highly unpredictable pitcher in Ubaldo Jimenez. The odds of him continuing his hot streak were pretty good.
He didn’t. In fact, Fielder pretty much killed his hot streak. Its execution was merciless.
Fielder recorded five official at-bats against the Indians on Tuesday. For simplicity’s sake, here’s a quick rundown of all five of them.
AB No. 1: Fielder came up with a runner on second and two outs in the first inning and flied out to left-center.
AB No. 2: With Miguel Cabrera on first and one out in the third, Fielder struck out swinging.
AB No. 3: With Cabrera on first and nobody out in the fifth, Fielder grounded into a 1-6-3 double play.
AB No. 4: Tony Sipp relieved Jimenez to start the inning and promptly walked Cabrera with one out. Fielder grounded into a fielder’s choice.
AB No. 5: Fielder came up with two men on and two men out in the ninth inning with the Tigers trailing 5-3. A three-run homer could have given the Tigers a lead. Instead, Indians closer Chris Perez got Fielder to ground into another fielder’s choice.
Add it all up, and you get a line that looks like this: 5 AB, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 RBI, 0 R, 1 K, 6 LOB.
Fielder came into the game with a batting line of .301/.364/.487. He exited the game with .292/.354/.472.
So yeah, so much for that hot streak.
The good news, obviously, is that this is not the end of the world for Fielder. Even the best hitters are entitled to a few 0-fers now and again, and Fielder was due for one after going 13 for his last 28 in his seven previous games. And since Fielder has a good chance to hit 30 home runs with 100 RBI, my presumption is that the Tigers are going to let his stinker on Tuesday slide.
I, however, am not going to do that. I am compelled to give out an American League “Worst of the Night” award every day, and Fielder very much earned said award with his performance on Tuesday. May he bear it forever in shame.
UPDATE: It sounds like there’s a very large, very angry man outside my place of residence. I would go see what he wants, but I have a strange feeling that it’s none other than Fielder himself.
After all, he does have a track record of huffing and puffing and trying to blow doors down.
Somebody hold me…
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