Frazier went 2-for-5 with three RBI on Thursday against Seattle, including the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth. The beginning of this game didn't go so well for the slugging third baseman, who struck out in his first three at-bats. However with the White Sox down by a 6-4 tally in the seventh, Frazier went to work -- first smacking a two-run single to tie the game, then driving Adam Eaton home for the second time two innings later to end it. His 31 homers and 80 RBI provide plenty of fantasy value but Frazier's struggled mightily to hit for average this year, as he's sitting on a career-worst .211 mark. Part of that has to do with a brutally low .214 BABIP, but Frazier's earned that ostensibly bad luck -- he's striking out at a career-high rate, his line-drive rate is a career low by far and his hard-hit rate is down from the past three seasons. He's hitting the ball in the air almost half the time he comes to the plate and his pop-up rate is just as high as his HR/FB. That basically adds up to a clinic on how not to hit for average.
Frazier went 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored two runs in Wednesday's game against the Indians. Frazier's historical tendency of post All-Star break decline has continued through 109 at-bats since the Midsummer Classic. He's hitting just .202/.267/.404 in 109 second-half at-bats, which is lower than his first-half production across the board. The third baseman's 24 percent strikeout rate, and his 72 percent contact rate are both career worsts. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, there aren't many indicators right now that would suggest Frazier will turn things around before the fantasy playoffs.
Frazier got a Golden Sombrero on Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts against Corey Kluber and the Indians in a 4-2 loss. In fairness to Frazier, the Indians threw Kluber, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen, some of the best strikeout pitchers in the game. Still, Frazier's batting average has tanked since coming to the AL, dipping to .208 with the hitless effort. Frazier has been a boom-or-bust player in 2016, hitting a whopping 31 home runs already to go along with his poor batting average. The 31 bombs are third in the MLB, and put him on pace to shatter his career-high of 35 which he set last season while batting .255.
Frazier went 1-for-4 with his 30th home run of the year in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers. Frazier become the first White Sox third baseman to hit 30 homers in a season since Joe Crede did it a decade ago. He's well ahead of the pace to break his career-best numbers in home runs (35), RBI (89) and runs (88), but that doesn't necessarily mean there's nothing but green pastures ahead. Throughout his career, Frazier has historically been worst (by far) after the All-Star break. Maybe he can change that in his first season playing in the AL, but so far his numbers indicate (albeit a small sample size) the same sort of negative pattern is continuing.
Frazier (illness) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Twins. Frazier missed back-to-back games while dealing with flu-like symptoms, but will return to action at first base Sunday, giving Jose Abreu the day off. At Frazier's regular position, third base, Tyler Saladino will draw his third consecutive start.