The Cincinnati Reds third baseman, Todd Frazier is not happy. The last couple of days have proved to be quite hectic due to losses.
Frazier was in a dull mood following Friday’s defeat by Diamondbacks. Prior to the game, the third baseman had the opportunity of picking a bat of his choice from a bunch. But that did not hinder the D-backs from sinking the Reds with 2-0.
“It’s just been a bad week, that’s all,” said Frazier, who was hitting .284 at the All-Star break and .261 after going 1-for-4 on Friday.
This is one of those months that the baseman would love to forget. But no. He just have to look for a way out. Frazier is in deed optimistic that he will recover from his losses in the forthcoming road trip events. In fact there is going to be plenty of games for him to try his luck.
Reds manager Bryan Price cares less about numbers probably because he knows that they can be re-arranged to imply a loss or a win respectively.
“We have it on our scoreboard every day: so and so in their last 13 games, in their last 33 games,” Price said. “All the numbers are always positive and you can make the numbers look any way you want. You can make stretches of total futility or stretches of total dominance.”
Before Friday’s game, Frazier had appeared in five games but he only recorded .048 hits and a single RBI. Unfortunately, he earned a zero homer. But the story is different in his previous 11 games because he bagged .144 hits, a single homer and 4 RBIs.
In another scenario of 21 appearances, the same Frazier recorded .183 hits, double homers and 13 RBIs. Price was therefore right in his argument. The more the games played, the better the performance and vice versa. It all depends on the time frame used.
Frazier did not earn a starting position by sheer luck. He worked for it. He was actually added to the National League of the 2015 All-Star game after gathering the most votes with .261 with 27 homers and 68 RBIs.
His loosing streak seems to have begun after the All-star game. And he is yet to figure out why he is not earning points like before. But he must blame it on something because he has to account for the losses.
“You go through cycles,” he said. “I’ve been there before. It happens every year. It’s just a matter of getting out of it quick. Right now, it’s a slow pace. But I’m glad to be on the road in a different place. It’s good to be out here in the heat and hopefully the ball will keep flying.”
On the other hand, Price thinks that the inconsistency is owed to Frazier’s lack of break. The manager pointed out that the pitcher has not had time off the field and fatigue could be the main reason behind his losses.
“It’s very difficult to be a Miguel Cabrera and carry a .330 batting average over the course of an entire season,” Price said. “The break that he didn’t get during the All-Star Game and the Derby didn’t give him those three or four days to decompress and relax. Do I think it’s the reason why? I don’t. I think that’s the easy fix.”