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How they won: Dexter Fowler handles the heat

Dexter Fowler is a different hitter in many ways this season. Notably on Friday, he was great against fastballs. Dylan Buell/Getty Images

One thing that has been a big difference for Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler this season: He can hit the heat.

In his return to the majors on Friday, Fowler got all three of his hits on pitches that were 93 mph or faster.

Fowler is hitting .400 (22-for-55) this season in at-bats ending with a pitch that registers at least 93 mph on a radar gun (92.5 mph or faster). Fowler hit .312 against pitches that fast in 2010 and since then has hit .218, .274, .205, .267 and .248 the past five seasons.

Fowler has dramatically cut back on his missed swings against these fastballs. His miss rate has dipped from 26 percent in 2013 to 20 percent in 2014 to 17 percent in 2015 to 14 percent to this point this season. His chases are down from 22 percent in 2014 to 14 percent in 2016.

Looking ahead as to whether Fowler can maintain this, the upcoming time of the season has recently been a good one for him. In 2014, he slashed .299/.382/.463 in August. In 2015, he bettered that, with .298/.408/.587.