Smith is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Cubs. Smith heads to the bench following 11 straight starts, hitting .262/.326/.476 with two home runs and eight RBI during that span. In his place, Matt Reynolds gets the nod at first base.
Smith went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and an RBI single Sunday in the Mets' 10-5 loss to the Reds. It was the rookie's second homer of the month and fifth since his debut, and Smith is riding a five-game hit streak. The accompanying numbers, however, aren't pretty, as he's .210/.257/.390 in his first taste of big-league action (113 plate appearances). His leash will remain long as the Mets let him adjust to a full-time big-league role he'll occupy to start next season.
Smith went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run during Saturday's loss to Houston. Smith went 3-for-25 with three singles through seven games since his last homer, and even with Saturday's long fly, the 22-year-old first baseman still owns a discouraging .183/.213/.366 slash line through 75 plate appearances in the majors. While his long-term upside remains high, Smith probably shouldn't be counted on in many seasonal settings at this stage of the game.
Smith is not in the lineup Saturday against the Nationals, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. Since being called up on Aug. 10, Smith has played in 15 games and is hitting just .184 at the plate, though three of his nine hits have been home runs. Smith will sit out Saturday and give way to Wilmer Flores at first base.
Smith went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. He also struck out twice. It was a three-true-outcomes day for the rookie, who's still looking to stabilize his stats -- he's hitting just .190/.227/.429 through his first 44 big-league plate appearances. Smith hit for average reliably in the minors, though (including a .330 mark at Triple-A this year), so his future in that category looks bright, and his power has been developing steadily. He may not be a major fantasy asset this year, but the 22-year-old could start producing Eric Hosmer-esque stats as soon as next season.
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