Prince Fielder is swinging the hottest bat in the league right now. And he’s got Adrian Beltre to thank.
Fielder, who leads the American League with a .365 batting average and 66 hits, has been using Beltre’s signature bats all season. Fielder likes how they feel and is unlikely to go back to swinging bats with his own name on them.
Who could blame him?
He’s been hitting well over .300 the entire season and lately has gone from a hot hitter to scorching. He’s 11 for 19 with eight runs, four homers, two doubles and 12 RBI in his last four games. He’s the second Rangers player ever to have 11 or more hits and 12 RBI in a four-game span. Pudge Rodriguez did it in July-August 1999.
“When he’s like this you just sit back and enjoy it,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said with a huge grin after Monday’s 10-8 win against the Indians.
The last Ranger with at least a .365 average and 66 hits in his first 45 games was Josh Hamilton in 2012. Fielder leads the majors with 22 multi-hit games.
Fielder has been exceptional this season at hitting to the opposite field to beat the defensive shift teams use against him. He did it again in the seventh inning Monday on the first pitch he saw, shooting a single through the left side to score Delino DeShields.
“Obviously, I see the hole over there, but I’m just trying to hit it hard,” Fielder said. “You try to put a good swing on it and the ball is going to go where it wants, so it worked out.”
Yes, so far in 2015, it’s all been working out for Prince Fielder.
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760