Prince Fielder’s Consecutive Games Streak Is Haunting The Team

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Wednesday, August.14/2013

Prince Fielder was signed to a 9 YR/$214 MIL contract before the start of the 2013 season.  He is not Slugging as much as his Brewers days, however his OBP is just slightly lower.  Fielder has a chance to have a Hall of Fame Career.  If he can bring a World Series to Detroit, he will enhance his chances.

Prince Fielder was signed to a 9 YR/$214 MIL contract before the start of the 2012 season.  With the Tigers thus far, he is not Slugging as much as his Brewers days, however his OBP is just slightly lower. Fielder has an opportunity to have a Hall of Fame Career. If he can bring a World Series to Detroit, he will enhance his chances.  Heading into play today, He has played 461 games in a row – and has held the longest active streak since May.15/2012.  He took over the ranks when Matt Kemp went out of the lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Apparently, this streak is very important to Fielder, but at what cost can he hold it against Jim Leyland and Dave Domnbrowski if they want to have the big guy take a game off?

By Matthew Lafave (Tigers Correspondent)

When Prince Fielder inked his monstrous 9 year/$214 million deal back in January of 2012, the Tigers knew exactly what they were getting: a very good hitter in his prime.

At the time of the signing, Fielder was hitting a career .282 with 230 home runs and 656 RBIs.

But the Tigers were also getting a little 181 consecutive game streak. Not too major at the time but following Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox, the streak now sits at 461 games.

Fielder once had a streak of 327 games but eventually ended due to flu-like symptoms on September 13, 2010. That was also the last game he missed.

Prince Fielder's 2013 - 3 Slash Line (.262/.353/.785) is far below his Career Mark of .284/.389/.916.  Fielder could possibly benefit by having a rest day or two.  While he doesn't want to end his consecutive streak.  Will the club consider resting him down the stretch if they hold a commanding lead?

Prince Fielder’s 2013 – 3 Slash Line (.262/.353/.785) is far below his Career Marks of .284/.389/.916. Fielder could possibly benefit by having a rest day or two. While he doesn’t want to end his consecutive streak, will the club consider resting him down the stretch if they hold a commanding lead in the AL Central?  With Miguel Cabrera fighting off his injury, will that also influence the streak continuing?

He has been the longest active streak leader since May 15th, 2012, taking the streak from Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp after he hit the disabled list.

At the time, Fielder said, “I don’t want to take anything away from Matt because he’s a good friend, but yeah, it’s important to me.” “I take pride in it,” he went onto say.

“It’s not really a milestone that I’m trying to reach, but I just feel like I should be in the lineup every day because that’s my job.”

So would Tigers manager Jim Leyland ever dare to sit him out for a game? Fielder is hitting a cold .237 with only 1 home run and 12 RBIs since the All-Star break.

He has not hit a home run since July 24th in Chicago – that’s 18 games if you’re counting at home.

In a recent radio interview on local 105.1 FM, Torii Hunter hinted that Fielder is going through some problems in his personal life.

“Prince is a strong guy,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “A lot of people don’t know what’s going on in his life. This guy’s a strong guy. He’s out there every day.”

He later said, “Us as players, we know what’s really going on and we appreciate him going out there every day.” One could speculate a lot of different issues though marital problems seem to be the most common rumor.

Prince quickly squashed that there was anything wrong, saying before Tuesday nights game, “I’m gonna turn the story off, its fine. Everything’s fine.” No surprise there.

But if you’re Leyland, your lefty cleanup hitter is batting only .248 against righties and hasn’t had a .300 average since early May. On paper, it sure seems that he could use a few games away for a mental and physical break.

The other biggest advantage of him taking a break is Miguel Cabrera. He has been hobbled by a sore hip and back for weeks now and would benefit at being designated hitter for a series.

Victor Martinez has proven he can easily handle first base duties if necessary. The rest could also get him ready for the upcoming postseason as he has shown a not so strong playoff run.

In 28 games for his Playoff Career, he holds a miniature .183 batting average with 5 home runs and 11 RBIs. But as fans, we cannot blame Prince Fielder for wanting to play everyday. When you are going through personal issues, you may like to keep busy to stay away from the negative. You just have to wonder that if Fielder didn’t have an active consecutive games streak, would Leyland have rested him already. The bat points towards yes.

In 28 games for his Playoff Career, he holds a miniature .183 batting average with 5 home runs and 11 RBIs. But as fans, we cannot blame Prince Fielder for wanting to play everyday. When you are going through personal issues, you may like to keep busy to stay away from the negative. You just have to wonder that if Fielder didn’t have an active consecutive games streak, would Leyland have rested him already? The bat points towards yes.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com and their partners***

A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Tigers Correspondent’ Matthew LaFave for preparing today’s featured article. 

Matthew was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan. Growing up watching all of the Detroit sports with his father he began to enjoy writing about them in high school.

At first started out as e-mails between his father turned into a Detroit Lions blog website titled ‘Hear Me Roar’. Matthew would go on to get a job as ‘Detroit Tigers Writer’ at the website http://www.examiner.com.

He has been writing for them for over two seasons and regularly attends games as a credentialed media member. Be sure to follow him on Twitter

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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