Long past his most noteworthy seasons with the Rockies from 2009 to 2011, Seth Smith has made a living off his ability to crush right-handed pitching (career .270/.354/.467), which guaranteed him 400 plate appearances in each season since 2010. The veteran fell just short of that in 2017 despite doing much of the same thing again, drawing walks and providing the occasional homer, while yielding a useful on-base percentage. Unfortunately, Smith hits the ball on the ground too much, and he relies on park factors to offer power. Plus, he is all but guaranteed to ride the pine against left-handed pitching. Even at 35 years old, the free agent has a deep history as a useful major-leaguer, meaning he should find a job as a reserve outfielder or part-time designated hitter, which gives him a modicum of fantasy value in deeper formats, particularly those with daily lineup changes where he can be swapped out of the lineup for his regular days off against southpaws.
Smith is not in the lineup Saturday against the Rays. Smith is just 3-for-29 (.103) over 12 games this month, so he'll head to the bench for a sixth straight game as Austin Hays draws another start in right field. With Smith struggling, look for Hays, who is one of the Orioles' top prospects, to continue to see the majority of starts in right field down the stretch.
Smith is not in the lineup for Friday's game against Tampa Bay. Although the right-handed Alex Cobb is starting for the Rays, the Orioles will keep Smith out of the lineup for the fifth consecutive game. Smith has played 12 games since the start of September, over which he's gone just 3-for-29 (.103). Austin Hays will get the nod to patrol right field Friday with Smith out of the lineup.
Smith is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox. Per usual, Smith will take a seat as a lefty is set to start for Boston. Austin Hays will start in right field and hit leadoff Wednesday night against Chris Sale.
Smith is out of the lineup Monday against the Red Sox. Although he regularly starts against righties, Smith will take a seat Monday as Austin Hays draws the start in right field. Since the start of September, Smith has posted a bleak .103/.161/.207 line over 12 games.
Smith is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Smith is just 2-for-20 (.100) in eight games this month, so he'll head to the bench for a rare day off against a right-handed pitcher (Joe Biagini). Joey Rickard will take over for him in right field.