Frazier, who has a modest four-game hitting streak, is 4-for-8 with three doubles against Tuesday's starter, German Marquez. He held a career .280 batting average prior to 2019 but has struggled to a slash line of .255/.314/.354 this year. Frazier missed several games with a back issue early on and has hit just .242 since returning April 21. The injury could have affected his ability to run -- he has two stolen bases overall and has attempted just one since April 13. His 0.4 defensive WAR at second base marks the first time he's registered a positive fielding rating, but the team was likely expecting more after installing him as its everyday second baseman.
Frazier won't start Friday's game against San Diego. Frazier has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, though he's slashing just .231/.250/.385 over that stretch. Kevin Newman will draw the start at second base and hit leadoff in Frazier's absence.
Frazier delivered a pinch-hit, two-run double in a 10-6 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. The second baseman seems to be slowly breaking out of his slump. He's hitting .277 in 36 at-bats since May 3 and has four extra-base hits in his last 27 plate appearances. Frazier collected only six extra-base knocks in his first 120 plate appearances.
Frazier is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Even with the Cardinals bringing right-hander Dakota Hudson to the hill in the series finale, the lefty-swinging Frazier will head to the bench for the second time in five games. Manager Clint Hurdle may just have wanted to give Kevin Newman another start in the middle infield with Newman wielding a hot bat over a limited sample of at-bats since returning from the 10-day injured list May 4. Struggling shortstop Cole Tucker would probably be more at risk of losing his everyday gig than Frazier in the event the Pirates decide to make room in the lineup for Newman on a more permanent basis.
Frazier went 1-for-4 with a leadoff home run in Friday's 2-1 win over the Cardinals. The blast was just his second homer of the year. Frazier has been running hot or cold so far -- he was hitting .304 on April 12 before going 10-for-47 (.213) to close out the month, but he's now rebounded with a seven-game hitting streak. The cumulative result is a tepid .258/.321/.367 slash line, but the 27-year-old will retain some deep-league fantasy value as long as he's hitting at the top of the order for the Bucs.
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