Mets manager Mickey Callaway tried, but he couldn't keep a straight face for long trying to downplay how hot Todd Frazier has been at the plate.
"It's been terrible," Callaway said after Frazier went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a pivotal three-run home run in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field.
Then Callaway smirked and let his real feelings show.
"He's been great," Callaway said with a smile. "I don't know what else to say. He's been fantastic."
Over his last 15 games, Frazier has been one of the Mets' top hitters. He's hitting .352 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in that span, raising his batting average from .205 to .265 and his OPS from .595 to .791.
"He's making plays -- hard plays, making them look easy -- swinging the bat well," Callaway said. "He's just doing everything right now."
The big blow came in the first inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Frazier stepped to the plate against Rockies RHP Jeff Hoffman looking for a ball to hit. He took a first-pitch breaking ball out of the zone and didn't chase a 1-0 fastball high.
He then launched Hoffman's 2-0 fastball 384 feet to left field to give the Mets an early 3-0 lead.
"I talk about pitch selection all the time," Frazier said. "Didn't chase, a little jumpy, but then I said, 'All right, 2-0? He's either going to throw another off-speed pitch and try to get me to chase again, or he's going to come with a fastball.' So you always got to think fastball first, and I got a really good pitch to hit."
Frazier, who added an RBI double in the fifth inning, has had seven multi-hit games since May 25. In fact, he's been so good that Callaway doesn't want to take him out of the lineup.
"A few days ago, we planned on maybe giving him the day off, and obviously we had to change that because he's been going so good," said Callaway, who used Frazier as a pinch hitter last Sunday. "We're going to get to the scheduled day off before he gets a day off, but he's been fantastic. He's locked in. He's got confidence and it's fun to watch."
Frazier's three-run homer was more than enough run support for Noah Syndergaard, who allowed just one hit in seven scoreless innings as the Mets won for the fourth time in their last five games.
"I got us kick started and that's about all we needed," Frazier said. "I give praise to Noah Syndergaard, pitched a hell of a game, and he was on cruise control ever since the first inning."