Smith notched his seventh save of the season Thursday against the Nationals after pitching a scoreless inning. He allowed one hit and struck out one.
Smith allowed a double to Ryan Zimmerman to begin the ninth inning, but he settled down quickly and retired Trea Turner, Yadiel Hernandez and Josh Harrison to close things out. Smith has now gone 7-for-7 in save opportunities this season and has not allowed a run in any of his last five appearances.
Smith worked a perfect ninth inning to record his sixth save of the season in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Nationals.
The lefty needed only 12 pitches (eight strikes) to breeze through a trio of Nats that included Juan Soto and Trea Turner. Smith has yet to blow a save this season, and he sports a 3.00 ERA and 16:7 K:BB through 12 innings.
Smith walked one and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Monday to record his fifth save of the season in an 8-7 win over the Cubs.
The veteran southpaw continues to battle his control and has now walked seven batters in 10 innings, but he's only given up five hits and has fanned 15, helping to limit the damage. Smith is a perfect 5-for-5 on save chances to begin the season with a 3.60 ERA.
Smith struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his fourth save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks.
The veteran lefty hasn't exactly been untouchable to begin the season, getting charged with runs in four of his 10 appearances so far, but Smith has yet to blow a save and his 14:6 K:BB through nine innings is more encouraging than his 4.00 ERA. As long as he continues to get the job done though, the 31-year-old isn't likely to be challenged for his closing role.
Smith allowed no hits and three walks while striking out three in the ninth inning to earn the save against the Cubs on Friday.
Smith has now put together three consecutive scoreless outings, and he earned his third save of the year in Friday's series opener. The southpaw has also been charged with two losses in his first eight appearances and has posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 12 strikeouts in seven innings this year.
Smith (0-2) allowed one run on one hit, as he was handed the loss in Sunday's 7-6 defeat to the Phillies.
Smith entered in the ninth and let up a leadoff double to Alec Bohm to put himself in some early trouble. Bohm advanced to third on a groundball to the right side and then scored on a controversial sac fly in which he was called safe at the plate despite video evidence showing that his foot never touched home plate. Atlanta was unable to keep the game alive in the bottom half of the inning as Smith suffered his second loss of the year. The 31-year-old has sandwiched two saves in between his pair of losses, as he's had a bumpy start to the season with a 6.75 ERA through four innings.
Smith earned the save against Philadelphia on Saturday, pitching a perfect inning and notching one strikeout.
Smith had yielded an earned run in each of his prior two outings, but he had no trouble against the Phillies on Saturday, breezing through the ninth inning on 10 pitches (seven strikes). The southpaw has two saves on the season along with a 5:2 K:BB across three frames.
Smith allowed one run on one hit and two walks with one strikeout during the seventh inning to earn the save during Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader at Washington.
The left-hander struggled with his command and threw only 11 of 21 pitches for strikes as he gave up a run in his second straight appearance. Smith has surrendered two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks across two innings through his first two outings of the season.
Smith (0-1) failed to record an out and took the loss Tuesday, giving up one run on two hits and a hit by pitch in the ninth inning as Atlanta fell 6-5 to the Nationals.
Entering a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, Smith gave up a leadoff single to Victor Robles on his first pitch and plunked Trea Turner with his fourth, setting the stage for a Juan Soto walkoff single. The Atlanta closer looked very good in his first outing this season, however, and Smith's high-leverage role is in no jeopardy after only one shaky appearance, especially with Chris Martin dealing with numbness in his fingers.
Smith struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning during Thursday's extra-inning loss to the Phillies.
With Atlanta on the road, manager Brian Snitker elected to turn to his closer in a tie game against the top of Philadelphia's order rather than hold Smith back for a possible save situation later. The veteran southpaw responded by fanning Andrew McCutchen, Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper on only 14 pitches. Atlanta's bullpen depth will allow Sntiker to deploy Smith outside of closing situations on occasion, but he will be the team's primary relief weapon and should see the bulk of the save chances.
Smith has tossed two perfect innings while striking out three batters in his first two appearances this spring.
The 31-year-old is expected to begin the season as Atlanta's primary closer following the departure of Mark Melancon, despite the fact that Smith didn't record a save in 2020. Top southpaws often have a hard time holding down closer jobs as they're needed earlier in the game in high-leverage spots, but Smith's handedness is less of an issue in a bullpen that features two other tough lefties in A.J. Minter and Tyler Matzek. Chris Martin could also factor into the ninth-inning mix, but Smith has the pedigree after racking up 48 saves for the Giants in 2018-19. His 114:25 K:BB in 81.1 innings over the last two seasons is impressive, but he'll need to keep the ball in the park after serving up 17 homers over that stretch.
Smith has the confidence of manager Brian Snitker should Atlanta choose to use a traditional closer, but the team isn't committing to going that route, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Smith has a solid case as Atlanta's top reliever and has saved 49 games in his career, but he's also left-handed, so the team could deploy him against an opposing lineup's top lefties whenever they're due up, which may not always be in the ninth inning. If the team uses a committee approach, Chris Martin and A.J. Minter, among others, could also find themselves picking up saves. If Smith does open the year as the locked-in closer, there's no guarantee he keeps the job, as his numbers fell across the board last season. His ERA jumped from 2.76 to 4.50 as his strikeout rate fell from 37.4 percent to 29.0 percent. He also gave up seven homers in just 16 innings of work.
Smith (1-0) gave up a game-tying solo home run to Monte Harrison in the eighth inning Saturday but wound up with the win as Atlanta came away with a 2-1 victory over the Marlins.
In just his third appearance of the season, Smith blew his first save in an Atlanta uniform, but he was still the pitcher of record when Adam Duvall answered with a blast of his own in the ninth. With Mark Melancon pitching well so far, look for Smith to continue working in a setup capacity rather than sharing in the save chances for his new team.
The Braves activated Smith from the COVID-19 injured list Thursday.
Scott Schebler was designated for assignment to clear room for Smith on the 40- and 28-man rosters. The Braves weren't expected to activate Smith from the injured list until the weekend, but he was brought back a day early with Atlanta needing to trim down its active roster from 30 men. When he signed a three-year, $39 million deal with the Braves in the offseason, Smith was viewed as a potential candidate to close, but he'll most likely have to settle for a setup role in front of Mark Melancon after missing most of summer camp following a positive COVID-19 test. Smith was one of baseball's most dominant end gamers in 2019 with the Giants, posting a 2.76 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 96 strikeouts over 65.1 innings while converting 34 of 38 save chances.
Smith (illness) threw live batting practice Monday and is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday, putting him on track to join the Atlanta bullpen this weekend, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
"Everything went well," Braves manager Brian Snitker said after Monday's session. "He threw the ball really well. It was good to get him out there. I think he threw 25 pitches. He was turning it loose. We got done what we needed to." While the team's rotation is in tatters, the bullpen at least appears close to getting back to full strength. Smith should slot immediately into a high-leverage role once he comes off the injured list.
Smith (illness) threw another bullpen session Friday and will toss a live batting practice session and participate in a simulated game soon, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Smith is building up his arm strength after missing the entirety of summer camp due to a positive coronavirus test. Smith's target return date is not yet clear, though O'Brien speculates that it could come within a week.
Smith (illness) threw off a mound Thursday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Smith has been progressing nicely in his return to throwing after battling COVID-19, and manager Brian Snitker said Thursday that his first mound work went very well. An official timetable for the southpaw's return hasn't been set, but he could be added to the active roster by next week if all goes well. He should slot into a high-leverage role out of the bullpen.
Smith (illness) could be added to the active roster by next week, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
The southpaw reliever has so far only been able to play catch, but Atlanta expects that he'll be cleared for mound work very soon. Smith was quarantined with COVID-19 for most of July and was only able to join the team's camp Sunday. Atlanta's bullpen has struggled out of the gate with both Smith and Mark Melancon (back) yet to make their 2020 debuts.
Smith (illness) cleared the league's COVID-19 protocols and can rejoin the team, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The veteran southpaw threw a side session in Atlanta on Sunday and figures to require some time before reaching game readiness after missing summer camp with COVID-19. Manager Brian Snitker hopes Smith will be able to join the Braves on their next road trip, which begins Aug. 7, though an earlier return remains possible.
The Braves placed Smith (illness) on the 10-day injured list Saturday.
Atlanta made the transaction shortly after the team revealed that Smith was one of four Braves to test positive for COVID-19. Among the four players, Smith and pitcher Touki Toussaint were revealed to be asymptomatic as of Saturday, so both could be cleared to rejoin the team in a matter of days if they can quickly procure two negative results in their subsequent tests. If Smith's absence proves to be a brief one, he should be ready to go for Opening Day and remain in the mix to close games for the Braves.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/06||@ WAS||W 3-2||1||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|05/05||@ WAS||W 5-3||1||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|05/01||@ TOR||L 5-6||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|04/26||vs CHC||W 8-7||1||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|04/23||vs ARI||W 5-4||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/21||@ NYY||W 4-1||1.0||1||1||1||1|
|04/16||@ CHC||W 5-2||1||1.0||0||0||3||3|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2010||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||54.0||8||8||0||4||1||0||51||4||48||2.83||0.963|
|2010||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||37.0||6||6||0||2||2||0||31||13||36||4.62||1.324|
|2010||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||53.0||9||9||0||2||4||0||40||20||65||5.60||1.604|
|2011||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||161.0||27||27||2||13||9||0||108||45||171||3.86||1.342|
|2012||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||89.2||15||15||0||4||4||0||74||22||104||3.63||1.413|
|2013||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||89.0||28||10||0||6||4||4||100||24||81||3.03||1.180|
|2016||AFA-Brevard County Manat||3.0||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||0||1||0.00||0.333|
|2018||AFA-San Jose Giants||1.2||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||0||4||15.00||3.333|
|2018||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||5.2||6||0||0||0||0||0||8||0||2||0.00||0.385|