Smith is out of the lineup Sunday for Game 3 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and the Nationals, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Smith will take a seat Sunday in a tilt against the Nationals as Russell Martin will get the nod behind the plate in favor of the rookie. Through the first two games, Smith has gone 1-for-7 with three strikeouts and a walk. The righty showed flashes of solid power during the regular season but also had a tendency to strike out in bunches. After Smith struggled in his first two career playoff games, the Dodgers will turn to the veteran in Martin in a decisive Game 3. After all, Martin and starter Hyun-Jin Ryu have combined for a 1.52 ERA in 20 starts this season.
Smith went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored in the Dodgers' 9-0 win over the Giants on Sunday.
Smith went on a 12-game homerless streak in the month of September before finally hitting one out last Sunday. One week later and he has his second home run of the month and his 15th of his bright rookie season. The 24-year-old catcher struggled a bit with consistency at the plate for certain stretches of the season but possesses immense power and should play a key role as he gets set for his first-ever appearance in the postseason.
Smith is not in the lineup Saturday against the Giants, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
After posting a .222 OPS in his first 11 games in September, Smith has a 1.012 mark over his last five contests. Russell Martin starts behind the plate in his absence.
Smith is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Padres.
Smith has started six of the past seven games, going 2-for-20 with a home run and three RBI over that stretch. Russell Martin is starting at backstop and hitting eighth in this one.
Smith went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in a win over the Rockies on Sunday.
Smith's solo shot in the eighth inning snapped a streak of 13 games without going deep. It was also his first extra-base hit in a brutal September in which the 24-year-old has gone 5-for-44 (.114) with 14 strikeouts. Despite the rough month, Smith remains one of the better hitting backstops in the National League, posting a .242/.318/.561 slash line with 14 homers and 37 RBI in only 50 games this season.
Smith is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.
Smith has been getting every other day off and that trend will continue; he gives way to Russell Martin behind the plate after going 0-for-4 in Friday's series opener. He was off to a blistering start in the majors, but Smith is just 3-for-27 to begin September. Ideally, he'll be able to make some adjustments before the end of the regular season.
Smith is not in the lineup Thursday against the Orioles, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
Smith will sit after starting the past two games and going 1-for-7 with a walk and two strikeouts. Russell Martin is starting at catcher and hitting ninth in his stead in this one.
Smith is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Smith is merely receiving some routine maintenance after three consecutive starts behind the plate. Backup catcher Russell Martin will form a battery with starting pitcher Julio Urias in the series finale.
Smith went 2-for-3 in a 1-0 loss to the Giants on Saturday.
Smith accounted for exactly half of the Dodgers' hits on the night. The catcher is now batting .273/.345/.641 with 13 homers, 34 RBI and 23 runs scored across 145 plate appearances this year.
Smith isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Rockies, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Smith is in line for the night off after going 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Monday's series opener. Russell Martin will handle the catching duties and bat eighth.
Smith is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
Smith has alternated starts with Russell Martin over the last five games, and that trend continues Sunday after Smith went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in Saturday's loss.
Smith went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Smith homered to left field in the fourth inning to plate the Dodgers' second run. The 24-year-old is tied for seventh among National League catchers with 13 long balls despite playing only 37 games. He has also posted a .292/.364/.708 slash line and 1.072 OPS in 129 plate appearances.
Smith isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Smith will head to the bench after going hitless in Thursday's season opener. Russell Martin is set to handle the catching duties and bat eighth.
Smith is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Padres.
Smith has impressed across 33 games with the Dodgers this season, slashing .298/.370/.721 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI. He'll sit for Wednesday's series finale after starting the past two games, with Russell Martin starting behind the dish in his stead.
Smith is not in the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Yankees, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Smith started the first two games of the series and went 1-for-7 with four strikeouts and a walk, and he'll receive a breather Sunday night. Austin Barnes will start behind the plate and bat eighth in the series finale.
Smith is not in Thursday's lineup against the Blue Jays, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Smith has been a godsend for fantasy owners since his callup. He is hitting .306 with seven home runs in 15 games this month. Russell Martin will get a start behind the dish and hit eighth.
Smith went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday in the Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Blue Jays in 10 innings.
Smith got the scoring started in the fourth inning, when he took Zack Godley deep for his 12th long ball of the season. The rookie has supplied six of those home runs in the last seven games and seems to have already asserted himself as a high-end fantasy catcher despite still maintaining prospect eligibility.
Smith went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, a walk and two runs scored in the Dodgers' 16-3 romp over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
The rookie just continues to impress at the dish, as he's now working on an eight-game hitting streak that has seen him homer five times and knock in 11 runs. Smith is having no trouble with big-league pitching so far, with a .321/.398/.810 slash line to go along with 11 homers and 30 RBI across his 97 plate appearances. While those numbers figure to even out at least a little bit as he logs more at-bats, he's done more than enough to make the case he should be given most of the starts behind the plate for the Dodgers.
Smith is not in Saturday's lineup against the Braves, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
He is hitting .360 with seven home runs in 50 at-bats since taking over as the Dodgers' primary catcher in late July. Russell Martin is catching and hitting eighth.
Smith went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Friday's victory over the Braves.
With the Dodgers ahead 6-3 in the eighth inning, Smith smacked a 401-foot shot to left field to tack on a pair of runs. Since taking over as the team's primary catcher at the end of July, the rookie has posted a .360 average along with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 16 games.
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