Tigers need Fielder to step up in ALCS

Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers reacts in the dugout during Game 5 of the American League...

Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers reacts in the dugout during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on October 17, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:33 PM ET

BOSTON - The Detroit Tigers have never pretended to be a team built on raw footspeed. That’s not who they are. They’ve been to the American League Championship Series three times in a row based on pitching and power and they don’t need to apologize to anyone for that.

But as this ALCS comes down to the short strokes, with the Boston Red Sox holding a 3-2 lead and the home-field hammer for the final two games this weekend, injuries have robbed the Tigers of what little mobility and agility they have.

The best pure hitter in the American League, maybe in all of baseball, Miguel Cabrera, has been reduced to a shadow of his own self by abdominal, groin and hip injuries. At his very best, nobody would ever say Cabrera has the elan of a ballet dancer but just now there are seniors in retirement homes who could run circles around him.

 


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