Prince Fielder somehow miraculously manages to get a hit off an elite pitcher.
Prince Fielder is being paid $24 million a year. Yet his manager has told him he is not good enough to play against the elite pitchers.
Doesn’t that implies he is not viewed as an elite hitter?
I guess $24 million doesn’t get you what it used to.
When the Rangers faced Chris Sale, he was left out of the lineup.
Last night, when the lineup against Clayton Kershaw was announced, he was left out. He only got in the game because Kyle Blanks came up hurt.
Sorry, but on what universe does anyone rationalize batting Kyle Blanks over Prince Fielder ever? Unless Fielder is hurt. Like, missing a leg hurt.
Sorry, but if Prince Fielder cannot be counted on to face the best pitchers in the game, then what is he here for?
It’s demeaning to him to make him sit against Kershaw and Sale. You are saying to him, “Look, Prince, you’re good but, unfortunately, not good enough to face the best. Why don’t you sit this one out? This one is for the good players.”
Prince Fielder is a perennial All-Star. He is one of the game’s elite hitters, maybe even a borderline Hall of Famer. The laws of lefty/righty shouldn’t apply to him.
You would never sit out Prince Fielder against a Clayton Kershaw or a Chris Sale in the post season. Ever.
So what is the logic of doing it during the season?
Look what happened. Fielder’s first at bat, he singled, scored the first run, and
set up a three-run inning then the fifth run when he hit the ball over the fence in the top of the ninth. Had he been on the bench watching the real hitters facing the pitchers Fielder “can’t” hit against, the Rangers would not have won the game.
So, what again is the logic of sitting out Prince Fielder against the best pitchers in the game?
Same answer: None.