Smith isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Athletics. Smith went 2-for-4 in Tuesday's loss to Oakland, but he'll get a breather for Wednesday's series finale. Christian Walker will take over at first base and bat fourth.
Smith started in left field and went 2-for-4 in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Oakland. With Arizona playing in an American League ballpark, manager Torey Lovullo could get all of his hitters in the lineup. That meant Smith, Josh Reddick and Christian Walker could coexist. On Tuesday, the manager used David Peralta at DH while Smith started in left field for the first time this season. As one of the few members of the team that's hitting with regularity, Smith should be in the lineup Wednesday. He's hit safely in 16 of 18 games, going 25-for-64 (.391) with seven extra-base hits, eight RBI and 12 runs scored during that stretch.
Smith is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Brewers. Christian Walker's recent return from the injured list and Josh Reddick's ongoing surge at the plate has made finding playing time for Smith more of a challenge of late, but the rookie still appears fairly secure in a near-everyday role. Though he'll sit Thursday, Smith has earned regular at-bats for an Arizona squad going nowhere by providing an .804 OPS while striking out in only 16.1 percent of his 218 plate appearances on the season.
Smith started at first base and went 1-for-4 with a walk, a three-run home run and a second run scored in Tuesday's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Mets. Smith extended his hitting streak to 12 games, a stretch during which he's gone 19-for-46 (.413) with six extra-base hits (two homers), eight RBI and nine runs scored during the streak. He and Josh Reddick have been the hottest hitters in the lineup, so manager Torey Lovullo is working to get both in the lineup whenever possible. The manager had the lefty Smith start at first base Sunday and Monday against right-handers instead of the righty-batting Christian Walker.
Smith is not in the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals. The 25-year-old went 3-for-4 with a run scored Saturday and will take a seat in the series finale with Christian Walker starting at first base. Smith saw most of his recent action at first base, but he'll likely split reps with Josh Reddick in right field going forward after Walker was activated from the injured list Saturday.
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