Todd Frazier knows how bad it's been. He's the one going through it every day. But he doesn't believe this is the new normal.
The 33-year-old third baseman, a two-time All-Star who will hit the free-agent market next winter at a time of great uncertainty for veteran players, feels he has more to give, and realizes he must improve.
"You see a lot of guys signing early [extensions] now because of the way it's going downhill, which is unfortunate. I said, 'I got to have a good year this year.' I understand that," Frazier told Newsday.
"These 49 at-bats, most of them are not who I am because I haven't been producing. It's time to step up. It's time to step up. I've been in this scenario before. I'm not a .160 hitter, I know that for sure. It's time to make an impact."
Frazier is hitting .143 in 15 games (12 starts) since returning from an oblique strain which wiped out his Spring Training and sidelined him for roughly the first month of the season. He has not drawn a single walk this season and has struck out 17 times. Two of his seven hits are home runs.
His roster spot at the moment is not at all in jeopardy, SNY's Andy Martino reports. But with Jed Lowrie getting close to returning from a sprained knee capsule, Frazier probably will lose a significant amount of playing time, assuming Lowrie is competent offensively. And that isn't lost on Frazier.
"Right now, I'm not producing. We all know that," he told Newsday. "It's something that is part of the game. I know I'll be back for sure. It's (Mickey Callaway's) decision at the end, but I got to start putting up some numbers, and that's the bottom line."