Smith went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, walk, stolen base and two runs scored Thursday against the Phillies. Smith took Nick Pivetta deep in the fourth inning to record his seventh home run of the season and third in as many games. He's thoroughly enjoyed facing the Phillies' pitching staff, collecting six hits while scoring five runs and driving in three across three games. Though he remains out of the lineup fairly regularly, Smith has made his case for more playing time by posting a .339/.438/.606 line across 128 plate appearances.
Smith went 2-for-5 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Monday's loss to the Phillies. The homer was his fifth of the year and first since June 6, with Smith slashing a tepid .200/.314/.300 in 35 plate appearances between the long balls. Playing time remains inconsistent for the 24-year-old even with occasional starts in left field, a situation that isn't likely to change with Pete Alonso entrenched at first base.
Smith is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Per Healey, manager Mickey Callaway classified Smith's absence as more of a day off after the natural first baseman started each of the past three games in left field. While Smith's long-term viability in the outfield remains a question mark, he should at least enter the lineup over the next two games with a designated hitter available for the Mets in their interleague series with the Yankees. Smith has homered three times while batting .433 over his last 11 games, showing he can still deliver some intriguing fantasy value in deeper formats and NL-only leagues even while his playing-time outlook remains somewhat sketchy.
Smith went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Giants. Getting the start in left field and hitting second, the 23-year-old went back-to-back with Amed Rosario to lead off the first inning and get things rolling for the Mets. Smith has now played six games in left, gaining outfield eligibility in many fantasy formats, and that might be his clearest path to regular playing time with Pete Alonso entrenched at first base. Smith is certainly doing everything he can to force his way into the lineup more often, slashing .373/.468/.612 with four homers and a sharp 11:14 BB:K through 79 plate appearances.
Smith (thumb) will start in left field and bat second Thursday against the Giants, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports. Smith hyperextended his right thumb Saturday, but he avoided a trip to the injured list after an MRI cleared him of any structural damage. The injury nonetheless limited Smith to a bench role for the previous three contests, with the 23-year-old logging a sole pinch-hitting appearance during that span. With the soreness in his thumb apparently having subsided, Smith will enter the lineup in the series finale for what will be his fourth outfield start of the season. Smith could be pressed into more regular action in the event Robinson Cano (hamstring) needs to return to the IL, in which case Jeff McNeil would likely pick up more starts at second base rather than the outfield.
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