The Texas Rangers recently took over first place in the AL West, and slugger Prince Fielder had a lot to do with it.
After being a thorn in the side of the Houston Astros’ pitching staff during the Rangers’ four-game sweep at Globe Life Park, Fielder was named the AL’s co-Player of the Week on Monday alongside Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox.
MLB.com’s Jay Nowak broke it down: Fielder went 8-for-26 (good for a .308 average) from September 14-20, hitting three home runs and leading the AL in runs scored. Abreu hit a tick better (11-24, 458) with two home runs and tied Fielder with nine RBI over the span.
It’s hardly a coincidence that the Rangers find themselves in the driver’s seat in the division the same time Fielder puts on a splashy offensive display. The club is banking on his thunderous presence in the middle of the lineup right now, and it’s paid off.