They knew Prince Fielder would hit for power and drive in runs — which he is doing.

What the Tigers did not know, however, is that after 115 games, he would be hitting .310, higher than he's ever hit in the majors.

And that he would reduce his strikeouts, from his career high, by nearly 50 percent.

For two years in a row as a Brewer (2009-10), Fielder struck out 138 times. He reduced his total to 106 last year, his final season with Milwaukee, but he's taken the next step this season.