Fielder puts slow start behind him

Fielder puts slow start behind him

MILWAUKEE -- Prince Fielder has quickly made his slow start a thing of the past.

Fielder is just trying to do what works best for him, and it's working pretty well right now. On the Brewers' current homestand, Fielder has four home runs and eight RBIs, increasing his season totals to 17 homers and 35 RBIs.

With his recent power barrage, including a pair of long balls Tuesday night, Fielder leads the Majors with 10 home runs in the month of June. The key, according to Fielder, is just doing what he's always done.

"I'm just trying to swing like I swing," Fielder said. "I've never been a guy to swing easy. When you're not getting results people want you to do different things.

"The only thing I've been trying to do different is swing the way I swing. I've never been a guy that hits singles to left field. That just happens."

Fielder remains fifth on the team in RBIs with 35, but it has more to do with timing than with Fielder's production. While he has 10 homers this month, he also has just 16 RBIs.

Including a two-run shot in the third inning on Tuesday, only four of Fielder's 17 home runs this season have come with runners on base. None of them has been with more than one runner on base.

By comparison, out of Fielder's 46 home runs in 2009, nearly half (24) came with runners on base, including nine with two or more runners on base.

Still, with Fielder hitting home runs, the Brewers' offense, which leads the National League in home runs, total bases and extra-base hits entering Wednesday's game, is only going to get better.

"His RBI total has gone up, too," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "However he wants to knock them in -- solo homers, base hits -- it's OK with me."