Fielder has, however, provided the Tigers with a consistency at the plate that would have been more expected from slugger Miguel Cabrera. It is Cabrera that leads the team with seven home runs and 22 RBI—categories Fielder was more likely to lead in 2012 for the Tigers—but Fielder is hitting a comfortable .318 for the season while Cabrera is clipping away at an uncharacteristic .272.
At some point the Tigers will need Fielder to produce the type of highlight-reel shots that were a big reason for his arrival in Motown in the first place. Fielder has two hits in each of his last four games and seems ready to break out but has yet to have a multiple home run game.
He has hit two dingers in his last three games, which could be a sign of warming up as Detroit is in desperate need of the theatrics that his rainbow-like bombs create. Let's look at some keys to getting Fielder into that monstrous long-range mode.