- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
Early-season numbers that catch your eye:
That is the ground ball percentage of Prince Fielder this season, a significant increase over past seasons. Fielder hit his first home run of the season Tuesday night, but it goes without saying that if he is generating ground balls, the Rangers are not going to get what they banked on.
His ground ball rate is higher than that of Jimmy Rollins and 138 other hitters currently qualified for the batting title.
Fielder's home run Tuesday was his longest since last May, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
That's Mike Trout's OPS in the first inning this season.