Texas Rangers Week in Review: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not
May 28, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers designated hitterPrince Fielder
(84) reacts to hitting a foul ball in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
2. Prince Fielder
It is starting to seem like Prince Fielder is never going to slow down. For the season, Fielder is hitting .364/.412/.576 and has been by far the best player in this Rangers lineup. This past week, Fielder has reached another level, hitting .484/.500/.871 in 31 at-bats. Three of his 15 hits have been home runs and has driven in 11 runs while scoring seven himself.
Fielder had multiple hits in five of his seven games. Part of his success this season has been his ability to hit left-handed pitching better than his career numbers. In his career, Fielder has hit .268/.345/.459 against lefties. This season, however, Fielder has hit .311/.354/.541 with four of his 10 home runs coming against lefties.
Another major factor in the recent surge of Fielder has been the success of Mitch Moreland at first base which has allowed Fielder to be the designated hitter more games. At first base, Fielder has hit .297/.357/.459 compared to his incredible line of .379/.425/.602 as the DH.
The Rangers success in May largely has to deal with the strong success of the lineup to generate more runs and Fielder has been in the middle of it all. More weeks like this from Fielder will help get this team over .500 and fighting for a Wild Card spot.
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