It was not too long ago that Cincinnati Reds‘ third baseman Todd Frazier was in a 0-for-31 slump. A lot of Reds fans were becoming impatient and wanted someone like Cesar Izturis or Jack Hannahan to take over as the everyday third baseman.
Dusty Baker stuck with Todd Frazier, and it’s a good thing he did. Shortly before Frazier ended his slump, one of the best players in the history of Major League Baseball and the all-time hits leader Pete Rose met with him and gave him advice on how to end his slump. Whatever Pete told him, it must have worked.
In the last six games, Todd Frazier has six hits, three home runs and seven RBIs. Frazier has a hot bat as of late, something the Cincinnati Reds needed. Frazier is currently the number two batter for the team, so it is very important that he can get on base for guys like Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and Ryan Ludwick. Frazier’s hits have translated into runs, he has scored four times in the last six games.
With Frazier hitting well, it means there really isn’t a very weak spot in the upper two-thirds of the Reds’ batting order. Shin-Soo Choo has been great all season, Joey Votto is getting his job done, Brandon Phillips is leading the team in runs and getting on base a lot, Jay Bruce is the team leader in home runs and then Ryan Ludwick is starting to get back in the swing of things and hit well again.
It’s very important for Frazier to keep hitting well so he can get on base for the big hitters and score some runs for the Reds as they make a push for the playoffs.