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Fielder's Hot Start Encouraging



    Fielder's Hot Start Encouraging
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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 06: Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers bats against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning on Opening Day at Coliseum on April 6, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    Last season couldn't have really gone any worse for Prince Fielder.

    Not only did he play in just more than 40 games before needing cervical fusion surgery in his neck, he only hit three home runs and had all of that happen to him in a year when he was trying to acclimate himself to a new team after being traded to the Rangers from Detroit, and doing so while making tons and tons of money.

    Fielder, a once-proud slugger, is still trying to reclaim that form that made him one of the game's most feared hitters. While he hasn't yet homered this year in 10 games, he is swinging a hot bat. He leads the league with 16 hits and is batting .400. True, 14 of those 16 hits have been singles, but at least he's swinging a good bat.

    The thing with Fielder is, it's a huge positive for the Rangers that he is hitting, but he's not going to get good pitches to hit until his teammates start hitting better, namely Adrian Beltre. Then, and only then, will Fielder get some pitches he can drive.