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A play that may be long-remembered in Motown.
When you are hitting behind a Triple Crown winner, your job is to pick up what the other team does not allow that player to deliver. Miguel Cabrera has been pitched carefully, as expected. That means Prince Fielder has had chances to make the Giants pay, as expected.
And, well, he hasn't. Fielder isn't the worst hitting position player for the Tigers (.250). He hasn't made any critical defensive mistakes or anything like that. But Detroit did not shell out $214 million for a player to have a pair of singles while hitting behind Cabrera in the World Series.
This series is going to be an indictment of Fielder, fair or foul. So far, he looks guilty of not delivering in the big moment. He is 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. His slugging percentage is the same as Omar Infante's. The simple truth is that he has not made the plays he is supposed to make.
Oh yeah, I don't put the blame on Fielder for getting gunned down at home in the second inning. That is on third-base coach Gene Lamont. But that play is symbolic of Fielder's performance, not just in the World Series, but by and large in the postseason.
He has not delivered, and without his bat, Cabrera will be a large bystander however long this series lasts.