By Larry GLicken

The Detroit Tigers lost to the Boston Red Sox 1-0. It was a wasted effort by the Tigers Ace Justin Verlander who had little problem doing his job. That’s a lot more than we can say for Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder.

Verlander pitched as well as ever. he threw hard for 8 inning and he allowed only 4 hits. He struck out 10 and only walked one. His one mistake that would turn deadly, was the one earned run he gave up in the 7th to the Red Sox 1st baseman Mike Napoli. It was a home run aided by the velocity Verlander puts on his pitches.

The ball traveled 402 feet as it passed over the left center field wall. The Tigers had opportunities in the game.

The one that sticks out to me, comes in the 8th inning when Prince Fielder came to the plate with runners at first and third. The table was set and with a guy who obviously likes to eat like Fielder at the plate, I thought for sure the Tigers would at least tie the game.

It wasn’t to be, Fielder couldn’t get the one thing done the team pays him to do. He struck out. He left the Tigers tying run stranded on 3rd base because he couldn’t perform his duties. Maybe Fielder should push himself away from the buffet line a little sooner fro now on.

His physique is not allowing him to see the ball the way he should. If Fielder gets a base hit he ties the game. The guy gets paid millions of dollars to perform one task and when the team really needs him, he chokes. Because of Fielder, a great performance by one of the best pitchers in all of baseball goes wasted.

At the very least, Fielder could make an effort to get into shape to play the game of baseball.

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