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Todd Frazier calls his shot against O's Felix Hernandez originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
At 35 years old, Todd Frazier has seen a lot of pitching in his major league career. He knows exactly what he's looking for against most pitchers at this point, especially veterans who have been around the league as long as he has.
That includes Orioles starter Felix Hernandez, the All-Star former ace who is trying to make a comeback in Baltimore.
Hernandez doesn't have the same velocity on his fastball that he used to and Frazier knew that going into his at-bat against "King Felix" on Thursday in the Pirates-Orioles spring training game.
"He’s not overpowering anymore," the Mic'd Up veteran told the Pirates broadcast team when he was asked what to expect against Hernandez. "Something slow, maybe an off-speed pitch first. Looks like he’s topping [out at] 85 [mph], so slow your pace down, think other way and get after it."
Frazier proved to be prescient, as he worked the count to 2-1 and then saw the offering he was looking for.
"There it is," Frazier said right after lofting a 76 miles-per-hour breaking ball to deep left field for a double. "I got the pitch...slow it down, that’s it. You have more time than you think when a guy’s throwing slow. So let the hands work."
Frazier is a good hitter who has been around the majors for a long time, but baseball players are notoriously superstitious. While he deserves some credit for calling his shot, he told the Pirates broadcasters that they were a good luck charm of sorts.
"I’m not getting off with you guys now," Frazier said while standing on second base. "This is money."