Snitker said his preferred outfield combination defensively is Smith in left and Ender Inciarte in center. Smith is 5-for-16 (.313) with two homers and five RBI since Snitker took over as manager on May 17.
Smith is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.
The Pirates are trotting left-hander Francisco Liriano out to start Wednesday's matchup, so Smith will head to the bench like he usually does against left-handers thanks to his .321 OPS against them on the season. Ender Inciarte will slide over to center field to take his spot, while Jeff Francoeur slots into the lineup in Inciarte's normal spot in left field.
Smith went 2-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored and four RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.
His performance was a bright spot in Brian Snitker's first game as Braves manager, which was otherwise marred by Aaron Blair's poor outing (nine earned runs in 1.1 innings). Smith has now hit safely in five of his last seven games, giving him 14 hits in 45 at-bats this month (.311 average), including three home runs. He's also been more efficient on the basepaths this month, going 4-for-5 in stolen base attempts after getting caught four times in six attempts in April. He's still batting at the bottom of the order, but that could change in short order under the new skipper.
With left-hander John Niese on the mound for Pittsburgh, it comes as no surprise that the left-handed-batting Smith will head to the bench for Monday's matchup. Ender Inciarte will slide over to center field to replace him while Jeff Francoeur takes over in left field.
Mallex Smith has remained in the starting lineup and his teammates say he is very confident in himself, Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Ender Inciarte's hamstring injury gave Smith the opportunity to become an everyday player, but now that Inciarte is back, the general thought was the outfield prospect might lose some playing time. That hasn't happened, and he remains in the big leagues because of his confidence. He won't start versus lefties, but Smith is going to play most days against a right-handed pitcher. He is slashing .224/.284/.358 with one homer, nine RBI and nine runs in 67 at-bats.
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