Just three weeks ago, Todd Frazier was the owner of a .203 batting average and another Mets hitter who, up to that point, had seriously underperformed. He had just three multi-hit showings through 22 games. Essentially, he was the same player who finished last season with a .213 average.
In the three weeks and 19 games since then, he's gathered seven multi-hit performances. Simply, he's experienced a serious turnaround in a relatively short amount of time. More so, he's in the midst of a hot stretch that has come to define his play in recent years.
Though the Mets have scuffled their way through much of the season, they've played better of late. They took two of three on the road against the lowly San Francisco Giants, and they surprisingly swiped two of three from the Colorado Rockies. Frazier is a big reason why.
During that six-game stretch, Frazier slashed .350/.458/.700 with two home runs, seven RBI, and a 1.158 OPS. In his last 20 games, he's hit .333 with 13 RBI, four long balls and four doubles. Manager Mickey Callaway, the subject of much criticism and attention in recent weeks, is probably the happiest about Frazier's hot streak.
"He's been great," Callaway said after the Mets 6-1 win over Colorado. "I don't know what else to say. He's been fantastic."
It's been a remarkable run for the 33-year-old veteran, a stretch of elite production he hasn't seen in quite some time. If anything, it's highlighted the fact that he is indeed a streaky hitter. When he finds himself in hot stretches, though, they've often been quite similar.
It's in these streaks that Frazier becomes a completely different hitter. For one, he's never hit for average (.242 lifetime). He also strikes out often (five seasons of 120+ punchouts) and doesn't walk much. When he gets hot, though, he reverses the script.
In the 225 plate appearances amassed through the three stretches referenced in the above table, he's struck out 34 times. That's a 15 strikeout percentage, a significant decrease from his 22 percent career strikeout rate. It's also worth noting that in both 2018 stretches, he accumulated nearly half (41 percent) of his 48 total walks. He walked just twice in the teams first 21 games this season, but has picked up nine in the 20 games since.
Will Frazier keep this up for long? History says no. If his career averages tell us anything, it's that he will hit for occasional power, strike out often, and walk infrequently. His numbers indicate that he'll keep this up for 20-30 games, only to return to his typically low average.
But, the Mets, in light of an up-and-down season and sudden string of wins, will surely take whatever they can get from the veteran.
*Stats are current entering June 11*