Frasor having a blast in first postseason

Frasor having a blast in first postseason

ANAHEIM -- The long wait of Royals reliever Jason Frasor ended on Tuesday night. After pitching in 647 games, Frasor made his first appearance in a postseason game.

Frasor ended up the winning pitcher as the Royals advanced with a 9-8 victory over the A's in the American League Wild Card Game. He also shed the honor of having pitched in more games than any other active player without having been in the postseason.

"I'm having a blast," Frasor said. "My first postseason, and it is as advertised -- a lot of fun."

  Date Time Matchup/Result Network
Gm 1 Oct. 2   KC 3, LAA 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 3   KC 4, LAA 1 video
Gm 3 Oct. 5   KC 8, LAA 3 video

This is what Frasor was hoping for during his time with the Rangers. He signed with Texas as a free agent two years ago and re-signed with them last offseason. But the Rangers lost the Wild Card tiebreaker in 2013, then fell apart this season.

"We were close last year," Frasor said. "Close, and we had the team to do it. This year was a mess, but I am grateful for the opportunity. I really am. My window is closing, so to be able to experience this is a dream come true."

The opportunity came on July 16, when the Rangers traded Frasor to the Royals for right-handed reliever Spencer Patton.

"I thought, 'Why? Kansas City has a really good bullpen,'" Frasor said. "That's the same thing I thought when I was traded to the White Sox [from the Blue Jays] in 2011. I guess in a playoff push, you can never have enough pitching."

Frasor fit right into the Royals' bullpen, going 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 23 appearances. He did so with a fastball that averaged 92.5 mph, a little slow in a bullpen where such guys as Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera can hit 100.

"You want to be coming in before those guys, not after," Frasor said. "You really have to focus on location and not stuff. Those arms are amazing, one after another."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.