Smith (2-5) took the loss Thursday against the Dodgers, allowing four runs on two hits and four walks across three innings. He struck out four.
Smith retired six of the first seven batters he faced Thursday before running into trouble in the third inning. He walked three of the first four batters that came to the plate in the third frame -- with the only out coming from a sacrifice bunt -- before Justin Turner cleared the bases with a double. Turner came around to score before Smith was able to get out of the inning, putting the Dodgers up 4-0 and marking just the second time through nine starts this season the southpaw allowed more than three runs in an outing. While Smith owns an impressive 12.0 K/9 this season, his struggles with command (4.9 BB/9) have limited his ability to work deep into games, putting a cap on his overall fantasy value. Next up for the 26-year-old is a road start against the Mets.
Smith will now start Thursday against the Dodgers rather than Wednesday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
No reason has been given yet for the change of plans. Elieser Hernandez will instead start Wednesday, making his first career big-league start.
Smith will start Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
As recently as Monday, MLB.com didn't list Smith among the probable starters for the Marlins' three-game home series with the Dodgers, but Miami will keep its rotation in order after an off day and have the lefty follow Wei-Yin Chen, who takes the hill for Tuesday's series opener. With only two quality starts in eight turns through the rotation this season, Smith has struggled to work deep into games, but he has at least piled up the whiffs for fantasy owners with 53 strikeouts in 39.2 innings. Smith should make for a decent play this week against a Dodgers offense that has posted an 86 team wRC+ over the past two weeks, which ranks 24th in the majors during that span.
Smith (2-4) allowed two earned runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five across 5.1 innings to take the loss Thursday against the Braves.
Smith wasn't dominant as illustrated by the nine baserunners he allowed in just 5.1 innings of work. He was still a tough-luck loser, however, as he avoided any major damage and kept his team in the game. He has been one of the bigger surprises at starting pitcher, and has now allowed two earned runs or less in four consecutive starts. His surface stats have been backed by an excellent 33.8 percent strikeout rate and 19.4 percent infield flyball rate.
Smith (2-3) picked up the win over the Reds on Saturday, scattering three hits and a walk over 5.2 scoreless innings while striking out seven.
The Marlins defense did him no favors, committing two errors behind him, but Smith still didn't allow a runner past second base in the dominant performance. The left-hander will take a 3.67 ERA and eye-popping 12.6 K/9 into his next start Thursday at home against the Braves.
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