Todd Frazier is probably going taking part in out his remaining weeks in a Mets uniform and faces an unsure future as a 33-year-old third baseman headed to free company.
So there may not be anyone within the Mets clubhouse with a stronger willpower today than Frazier, who desperately desires to assist his group attain the postseason whereas exhibiting he’s worthy of a job in 2020, as many organizations transfer towards youthful, cheap gamers.
Nights like Tuesday function speaking level for Frazier, who delivered two doubles that drove in three runs on this 3-2 Mets victory over the Diamondbacks at Citi Area.
Towards the percentages, the Mets acquired six outs from Brad Brach and Justin Wilson with out surrendering the lead. That included Wilson putting out this ballpark’s ninth-inning king, Wilmer Flores, with the tying run at third base after Pete Alonso had smothered Ketel Marte’s grounder and stepped on first base for the second out, forgoing a rundown with Tim Locastro who initially retreated towards the bag. Alonso held lead-runner Nick Ahmed at third, permitting Wilson to dwell for one more batter with the lead.
Mickey Callaway’s bullpen formulation had labored, the identical manner his thought of inserting Frazier into the beginning lineup had paid dividends. The grumbles from followers who wished J.D. Davis within the lineup as an alternative have been silenced as Frazier stroked a two-run double towards Zac Gallan within the second inning that put the Mets forward. Within the fourth it was Frazier once more, with a ball that caromed off the left-field fence for a double that gave the Mets their third run.
“[Frazier] has been swinging the bat nice,” Callaway mentioned. “He didn’t play the final two days as a result of J.D. deserves to play, too. I believed [Monday] evening when J.D. was swinging the bat he regarded a bit drained and run down and he’s going to get that manner generally. We’ve 9, 10 video games in a row, they want off days, each of these guys.
“When Frazier is contemporary, when he will get a few days off, he often swings the bat fairly good. He did an ideal job. He received the sport. He bought three RBIs.”
This model of Frazier has surfaced all through the season, oftentimes after he’s been discounted by followers and media. Simply when Frazier seems completed, he resurfaces. Earlier than Tuesday, there was a recreation in Philadelphia about 1 ½ weeks earlier wherein Frazier smacked two dwelling runs and drove in six within the remaining two innings alone. He’s the final word feast-or-famine hitter.
Just lately, greater than ever, Callaway had excuse if he wished to bury Frazier on the bench for good. Brandon Nimmo’s return from the injured checklist has meant Jeff McNeil can play third base day by day if Callaway chooses, and there’s all the time Jed Lowrie as a switch-hitting choice.
However there’s additionally one thing to be mentioned for taking part in your greatest defensive choice on the place, and Frazier brings that. He’s additionally been to the postseason with two completely different groups, making him distinctive in that regard among the many gamers who have been within the Mets’ beginning lineup Tuesday.
“All the things is a playoff recreation,” Frazier mentioned earlier than the Cubs misplaced to the Padres enabling the Mets to maneuver three video games behind Chicago within the race for the second wild-card spot. “It’s just about lose and you’ll be attempting to return uphill to the place it’s worthwhile to be. You don’t hope, however proper now we’re in that hope section as a result of that’s actually what we’ve to do. After we win a recreation we’ve to hope the opposite group loses and it’s actually a tricky state of affairs to be in.”
Frazier regarded completed in Might, however then had a six-week stretch wherein he helped carry the lineup. However simply as there was buzz that Frazier, within the final yr of his contract for a group that appeared going nowhere, could be commerce materials together with Jason Vargas, the third baseman stopped hitting. And but, for a lot of July and August it was straightforward to miss, because the Mets have been crawling again into wild-card rivalry. However after the 15-1 stretch ended it grew to become tougher to cover Frazier’s shortcomings.
Currently, he’s been extra just like the participant who helped carry the lineup earlier within the season. And with left-handed pitchers scheduled to face the Mets within the remaining two video games of this sequence, there’s a good probability we’ll see Frazier beginning at third base at the very least as soon as within the subsequent two days.
Frazier seemingly will quickly be searching for one other job. However first there’s the matter of ending this one with the Mets.
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