Fielder rebuts concerns about slow start

Fielder rebuts concerns about slow start

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder did not appreciate a reporter's question Saturday about his "slow start."

"Wow. You're already starting with that, huh?" Fielder asked incredulously. "Yeah, slow start I guess."

Fielder went 0-for-4 on Saturday with three strikeouts, but he entered the afternoon with five hits in 14 at-bats for a not-too-shabby .357 batting average. He has not homered in the Brewers' first five games, and he was 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Considering Fielder's past Aprils, this is nothing. As a rookie in 2006, Fielder started the year 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts before he hit a bloop, game-winning single to beat the Pirates in the third game of the season. In 2007, he didn't hit his second home run of the season until April 20. In 2008, he didn't homer until his 54th at-bat, snapping the drought on April 17 with a 10th-inning, game-winning home run in St. Louis. Last season, he didn't hit his second homer until April 25.

"Even when I had one home run the whole [first] month, I still ended up with 34," he said, referring to his '08 season. "So I should be all right."

-- Adam McCalvy