Smith posted a 4.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 10:7 K:BB through nine innings before spring training was suspended.
While the strikeouts were nice, the free passes were a little concerning, and when opposition batters were able to make contact they did damage -- two of the four hits Smith allowed left the yard. The southpaw is locked into a rotation spot for the Marlins, but after a dazzling first half and poor second half in 2019, he's hoping to find some consistency this season. If Smith returns to his form from early last year, he could become a valuable trade chip for a Miami club still far from contention.
Smith tossed two scoreless innings in his first Grapefruit League action Friday, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out three, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
The southpaw threw 19 of 35 pitches for strikes against an Astros lineup featuring plenty of regulars, and Smith's slider appeared to be in midseason form already. "I think we've seen, when he's healthy, what it looks like," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after the game. "After the hip [injury last season], it seemed like he never really got back on track the same way. And I think that he was behind coming into spring last year because of the lat [surgery], so probably didn't have the same type of work in the winter. [I'm] confident that, with a full winter of health and now getting him into the season, hopefully we're going to get that healthier guy all year long." Smith is penciled into a spot near the top of the Miami rotation this year, but the 28-year-old will need to stay healthy if he's going to prove his early season success in 2019 was no fluke.
Smith (10-11) took the loss Saturday at Philadelphia after allowing six runs (five earned).
Smith gave up runs in all three frames as he labored with 71 pitches Saturday, and to make things worse he also bunted into a double play during his lone at-bat. The 28-year-old finishes 2019 with a 4.52 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 168:60 K:BB over 153.1 innings, but he really struggled in his final 12 outings with a 6.25 ERA.
Smith (10-10) got the win against the Mets on Monday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits over six innings, striking out three and walking four as the Marlins won 8-4.
Smith was cruising until the sixth inning, when he loaded the bases and gave up all four of his runs on one swing of the bat courtesy of a grand slam from Amed Rosario. Still, he missed a quality start by just one earned run and did enough to reach double-digit wins for the first time in his career. The 28-year-old has a 4.31 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 167:56 K:BB across 150.1 innings on the season.
Smith (9-10) got the win against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, giving up four earned runs on eight hits over five innings, striking out four and walking one as the Marlins prevailed 12-6.
It wasn't a dominating effort, but it was enough for Smith to pick up his ninth win of the season, in a game where his teammates provided him with a lot of run support. The left-hander now has a 4.24 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 164:52: K:BB across 144.1 innings on the season. He lines up to take on the Mets in his next start in a road matchup Monday.
Smith (8-10) allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts across 5.2 innings while taking a loss against the Brewers on Thursday.
The 28-year-old finished an out shy of a second straight quality start, but Smith still dropped his fourth consecutive decision and sixth of his last seven. Smith has not pitched well at all since the beginning of August, going 1-6 with a 5.74 ERA. Overall, he owns a 4.13 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 160 strikeouts in 139.1 innings this season. Smith will look to break his losing streak at the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
Smith tossed six scoreless frames while allowing only four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in a no-decision against the Royals on Saturday.
The 28-year-old did more than enough to pick up a win, turning in his best outing since July 23, but the Marlins bullpen blew his lead in the seventh. Smith remains 8-9 with a 4.11 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 156 strikeouts in 133.2 innings this season. He will start next at home against the Brewers on Thursday.
Smith (8-9) allowed seven runs on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts in the Marlins' 9-3 loss to the Nationals on Sunday.
Smith has now let in at least five runs in four of his last five starts. Prior to his recent struggles, the southpaw held a respectable 3.35 ERA, which has now ballooned to 4.30. It doesn't help that Smith has to pitch in a division with the Nationals, Braves, Phillies and Mets; all who can turn on the heat at the plate at any given moment. Smith will have a much easier opponent in the Royals as he looks to turn things around against them Saturday in Miami.
Smith (8-8) allowed five earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five across 4.2 innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Reds.
Smith was burned by the long ball, surrendering a pair of homers that accounted for three of his five earned runs. While his performance was not strong before being pulled, he was also let down by reliever Tyler Kinley, who allowed both inherited runners to cross the plate. Smith has run into significant trouble in three of his last four starts, surrendering 17 earned runs across 20.1 innings in that span. That's inflated his ERA to a mark over 4.00 for the first time since April 7. He'll look to get back on track in his next appearance, currently scheduled for Sunday at Washington.
Smith (8-7) gave up five runs on three hits and four walks while striking out seven through six innings to take the loss against the Braves on Wednesday.
Smith generated a whopping 18 swinging strikes, but he also allowed two home runs to get tagged with his seventh loss. Although it doesn't matter in most fantasy leagues, Smith delivered two doubles at the plate and raised his batting average to .273. The 28-year-old has a 3.82 ERA with 138 strikeouts through 21 starts this season. Smith will make his next start Monday against the Reds at Marlins Park.
Smith (8-6) allowed one earned run on one hit and three walks while striking out four across five innings to earn the win Thursday against the Dodgers.
The only hit Smith surrendered was a solo home run off the bat of Kyle Garlick in the fifth inning. He was also a bit shaky in his control of the zone, throwing only 59 strikes on 106 total pitches. All told however, the outing was strong given the matchup against one of the more potent lineups in the league. It was also a bounceback performance from Smith, as he had surrendered four or more earned runs in two of his last three starts. For the season, Smith has a 3.63 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 131 strikeouts across 111.2 innings. He'll look to keep things going in a tough matchup at Atlanta on Wednesday.
Smith (7-6) took the loss Friday as the Marlins were downed 8-4 by Atlanta, coughing up six runs on 10 hits and a walk over 4.2 innings while striking out four.
The southpaw was locked in a pitchers' duel with Julio Teheran until the fifth inning, when a questionable balk call with runners on first and second and nobody out got manager Don Mattingly ejected and caused Smith to lose his focus. He'll carry a 3.71 ERA and 127:36 K:BB through 106.2 innings into his next start Thursday, at home against the Dodgers.
Smith (7-5) allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts while taking a loss against the Rays on Sunday.
The defense and offense let Smith down Sunday afternoon, as an error led to two unearned runs, and the Marlins scored only two runs in the loss. The defeat ended Smith's four-game winning streak, but his other numbers improved. Smith owns a 3.35 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, .197 batting average against and 123 strikeouts in 102 innings this season. He will look to start a new winning streak Friday at home against the Braves.
Smith (7-4) picked up the win Monday, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out nine in an 11-6 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Miami's offense staked Smith to a big lead with a six-run second inning, and he made it hold up. The lefty will carry a 3.43 ERA and 119:31 K:BB through 97 innings into his next outing Sunday in Tampa Bay.
Smith (6-4) allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out nine across seven innings to earn the win Thursday against the White Sox.
Smith maintained a perfect game across 5.2 innings prior to allowing three consecutive batters to reach base. That didn't spoil his terrific effort, which marked his longest outing since May 1 -- a span of nine starts. Also notable was that Smith didn't surrender a home run, a problem that has plagued him throughout the season as evidenced by a 1.6 HR/9. Despite that, he's managed a strong 3.30 ERA and 1.02 WHIP across 90 innings for the campaign. He'll look to keep things going in his next start, currently scheduled for Monday against Arizona.
Smith allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts across five innings during a no-decision against the Padres on Thursday.
Although he wasn't able to extend his winning streak or record another quality start, this was another pretty solid outing for Smith. Since returning from the injured list July 6, he is 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA across three appearances. That ERA is higher than his season ERA, but just prior to hitting the injured list, Smith allowed 11 runs in 13 frames. Overall, Smith is 5-4 with a 3.47 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 83 innings this season. He will pitch next at the White Sox on Tuesday.
Smith (5-4) picked up the win in Friday's 8-4 victory over the Mets, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and five walks over six innings while striking out six.
The southpaw issued free passes in four of his six innings but kept the damage to a minimum, and only a Garrett Cooper throwing error with two outs in the third inning opened the door for the Mets to generate any offense at all against Smith. He'll take a 3.23 ERA and 94:26 K:BB through 78 innings into his next outing Thursday, at home against the Padres.
Smith (4-4) earned the win Saturday against the Braves after surrendering four runs (three earned) on five hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Smith's return to action got off to a rocky start with two runs allowed in the first inning and single runs allowed in the second and third frames, but he settled in after that point. The 27-year-old had a good first half of the season with a 3.50 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 88:21 K:BB across 72 innings.
Smith (hip) was recalled from his rehab assignment and reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
The move makes official what had been reported earlier in the week, as Smith will start Saturday's contest against the Braves. Smith was placed on the injured list June 7, but appears ready for a return as he whiffed 19 batters across 9.1 innings during his two rehab outings. He has a 3.41 ERA and 1.02 WHIP across 66 innings with the Marlins this season.
Smith (hip) is expected to return to the rotation Saturday against the Braves, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
Smith will wind up missing exactly a month if he is indeed cleared to pitch Saturday. He's allowed six runs in 9.1 rehab innings with Double-A Jacksonville but has managed an impressive 19:2 K:BB.
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