Despite a home run last night, the Detroit Tigers did not bring over Prince Fielder from the Milwaukee Brewers to hit just .188 in the postseason.
While Miguel Cabrera has had a good series, Fielder needs to show the Tigers, and himself, that he is ready to carry the load and help bring the Tigers to the World Series.
Perhaps that homer last night snapped him out of his untimely funk and he will deliver a performance for the ages, but no matter how good Justin Verlander, the bullpen or Cabrera are, the big man has to contribute and has to produce runs.
One of the big advantages Fielder and the Tigers had going in was playoff experience, while this was new to most of the Athletics—especially their starting pitching.
Now four full games into it, it is Oakland that has felt the most comfortable, winning the last two at home while Detroit tries to find their second gear.
If Fielder does not drive in a run, Oakland advances. They cannot rely on Alex Avila and the rest of the bottom of the lineup to carry them.
It is on Prince.