CHICAGO -- Todd Frazier has learned to handle struggles as well as the vast amount of success that has come his way during six seasons as a Major League player.But the White Sox third baseman prefers the sort of production featured in an 8-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday
CHICAGO -- Todd Frazier has learned to handle struggles as well as the vast amount of success that has come his way during six seasons as a Major League player.
But the White Sox third baseman prefers the sort of production featured in an 8-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field, with three hits, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI, as opposed to showing the virtues of composure during a rough first half of the 2016 season.
"I felt good today. It was just one of those days," Frazier said. "You felt like you were going to get on every time. Get up there and get two walks in the beginning, seeing some pitches, and not worried about nothing. Just going up there, feeling comfortable.
"I've been trying to find my swing here a little bit. What really helped me the last at-bat in Houston [Sunday], getting that single to left field and leaving on a high note. Coming in here, and see it and hit it. That's basically what I've been doing."
This "see it and hit it" plan has worked more consistently over the past week. Frazier owns a modest six-game hitting streak, during which he has batted .375 with seven runs scored. He also collected multiple extra-base hits in a game for the fourth time this season, with doubles in the fifth and the seventh.
Home runs have been there for Frazier, who entered Monday second in the American League with 23. But after knocking out 43 doubles for the Reds in '15, the Fourth of July effort brought Frazier's total to eight in '16.
"It is weird. Tough to explain," said Frazier of his dearth of doubles. "Swinging out of the strike zone is one thing and being a little too aggressive sometimes is another. But when I get pitches in the strike zone like today, I have a better chance to do damage."
"Once he starts getting hot, our team is going to fly," White Sox starting and winning pitcher James Shields said. "He did a great job today."
The White Sox have done a great job as a team of late. After dipping to 33-36 during a rough 10-26 drop off, they have won 10 of their last 14 and need one win against the Yankees for a fifth straight series victory.
Their current level of success has been achieved without full production from Frazier, who is hitting .212 with a .309 on-base percentage after Monday's win. Some frustration has bubbled over for Frazier in individual at-bats, but he's able to let it go and move on as soon as that at-bat is complete.
"That's been tough to learn, too, especially coming up in the Minor Leagues," Frazier said. "I was the guy who yelled all the time. I was really frustrated. I finally talked to a couple of guys and they said you have to control what you can control. That's basically what you can do."
"Every day is a new day for him. It's important for all of us to have that," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You can keep the good feeling, but anything that becomes negative, you can drop it at the door and start all over again the next day."
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.