The Mets low point of the season came in May when they were swept in Miami. Todd Frazier didn’t play in the final game of that series. He had been hitless in three at-bats with a pair of strikeouts the day before. His average stood at .183 and he had two home runs.
Lately he’s been playing like the third baseman the Mets were expecting when they signed him before the 2018 season.
He hit a three-run homer and added an RBI double on Sunday in the Mets 6-1 win over the Rockies at Citi Field.
Over his last 15 games, Frazier is batting .352 with 13 runs scored, three doubles, four home runs, 12 RBI and seven walks, including seven multi-hit games.
“He’s been great,” Callaway said. “I don’t know what else to say. He’s been fantastic; making plays, hard plays, making them look easy, swinging the bat well. He’s just doing everything right now.”
Callaway said he planned on giving Frazier a game off a few days ago but kept him in the lineup and that the next scheduled day off will be the day of rest for his third baseman.
“He’s been locked in,” Callaway said. “He’s got confidence and it’s fun to watch.”
How things have changed for Frazier and Jason Vargas, who were the whipping boys from fans who wanted to see them designated for assignment. Now they’ve become two of the most consistent Mets for the past several weeks.
Fortunately for the team, Frazier’s hot stretch has come at a time when Robinson Cano finds himself on the Injured List and Jed Lowrie still hasn’t played in a game.
It was several weeks ago when Frazier’s spot in the lineup looked shaky as he was under the Mendoza Line and talk of Lowrie’s activation of the IL seemed to be happening.
“You never know what would have happened if Lowrie came back,” Callaway said. “That’s something that didn’t happen so it’s hard to speculate about but the good thing is Frazier is getting it done. It’s off the charts good and you love to see that because of who he is.”