Dexter Fowler hears it from his manager before each of his at bats, ‘You go, we go.’ And Fowler is off to a very good start to his season.
As would be expected, Fowler was sore Friday after the violent collision with Kyle Schwarber the night before. Joe Maddon wasn’t 100 percent sure Fowler would be able to play. Fowler was at the top of the lineup and reached base three more times in four plate appearances.
Fowler went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
Dexter Fowler has multi-hit games in each of his first four games. And according to Christopher Kamka, Fowler is the fourth Cubs’ player since 1913 with multiple hits in each of the first four games to start a season. Fowler joins Mark Grace (1996), Ryne Sandberg (1990) and Gene Baker (1954) as the only four players in the history of the franchise to accomplish the feat.
Fowler is 9-for-15 in four games with two doubles, a triple and a home run. Fowler has walked four times with only two strikeouts and leads the NL with six runs scored. Fowler’s extremely early season slash line is .600/.684/1.067 with a 1.751 OPS.
Joe Maddon wants Fowler and Heyward hitting one-two in the order on the days both are in the starting lineup.
Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward should give Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant plenty of chances to drive in runs this season.