It was another disappointing game for Fielder, who homered in the first inning on Sunday to push his totals to 11 home runs and 23 RBIs. Fielder slugged 46 homers and drove in 141 runs in 2009. Brewers manager Ken Macha said that he discussed Fielder with Rangers skipper Ron Washington, and both had a similar take.
"The guy's trying too hard," Macha said. "Your start is what it is. You're not going to all of a sudden drive in 10 runs in one game to get your RBI total up. You're not going to do that, you've got to chip away at it."
In particular, Macha pointed at Fielder's eighth-inning at-bat against Rangers reliever Frank Francisco as an example of what not to do.
Fielder swung at all five pitches he saw during the at-bat, including multiple pitches that were out of the strike zone.
"First-pitch curveball, swung at it; changeup, swung at it; couple balls up, swung at them; curveball in the dirt, swung at it," Macha said. "He had five pitches and swung at all five of them."
Macha acknowledged that he didn't want to put too much pressure on one guy, however, despite Fielder's extended early-season struggles.
He also noted what he hoped to get out of his left-handed slugging first baseman over the season's final 100 games.
"We both had hopes of him having another great year, but you just don't rack up 140 RBIs and assume it's going to happen every year," Macha said. "So for the next 100 games, if he can maybe drive in 70 runs or so, that would be a big help. And I think that's a conservative number, I don't expect him to drive in 120 runs the next 100 games."