The Cincinnati Reds hoped that Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco would finally settle in at the plate as two reliable run producers for the team in 2014. The pair did not disappoint in the first half of the season, as both made the NL All-Star team primarily based on the strength of their power at the plate.
But in the six-game sampling since the All-Star break, the ferocious presence of both Frazier and Mesoraco at the plate has vanished. Frazier has seen his batting average drop from .290 to .283 after going 4-for-23 and has just one homer and one RBI over the six games. He had 19 long balls and 53 RBIs prior to the All-Star break. Frazier has shown a power surge in August during his short career, having hit 13 homers and knocked in 44 runs — both of which are already tops in those categories for monthly highs. But he’s hit just .251 during the month.
As for Mesoraco, he’s looked even more challenged at the plate after the All-Star break than Frazier. Mesoraco has played in just four of the six games. He’s 1-for-15 during that span and has seen his batting average drop from .304 to .288. After having blasted 16 homers and knocked in 45 runs prior to the Al-Star break, Mesoraco has just one RBI since.
Combined, Frazier and Mesoraco are just 5-for-38 with two RBIs. If the Reds have any hope of softening some of the loss of Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto, both Frazier and Mesoraco are going to have to quickly rediscover the focus and mechanics at the plate that led them to earn their respective first All-Star selections.