Smith tossed 4.1 innings against the Angels on Saturday, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six. He did not factor in the decision.
Smith was staked to a five-run lead after three innings, but he couldn't keep the Halos from mounting a comeback. The southpaw allowed two runs in the fourth inning and another two before he was chased with one out in the fifth. It was a disappointing outcome for Smith, who needed 103 pitches to retire 13 batters. The four earned runs allowed were his most this season, though most of his appearances have come out of the bullpen. Smith is tentatively expected to next face San Francisco on the road Thursday.
Smith (2-2) yielded one run on three hits and two walks over five innings Friday, striking out eight and taking a loss against the Brewers.
Overall it was a strong start for Smith as the only run to score on him came via a fifth-inning solo shot by Daniel Robertson. Unfortunately for him, Arizona's offense couldn't get anything going against Corbin Burnes. Since rejoining the rotation, Smith has allowed just three runs while striking out 10 over 10 frames. Assuming he gets another turn in the rotation, the 29-year-old righty is lined up to face the Angels at home next weekend.
Smith will start Sunday against the Brewers, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Smith opened the year in the Diamondbacks' rotation but made just one poor start before being shifted to a bullpen role. He recorded a 2.70 ERA in 30 innings of relief before moving back into the rotation for his previous outing Tuesday against the Mets. Injuries to several Arizona starters, including most recently Madison Bumgarner (shoulder), mean Smith should have the opportunity to make several more starts and could remain in the rotation the rest of the way if he pitches well enough to deserve the role.
Smith has not been told if he will be making another start, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Smith made a passable fill-in start Tuesday and likely pitched well enough to earn another start. Already down three starters, the Diamondbacks await word on Madison Bumgarner, who left Wednesday's start with shoulder discomfort. Smith seems to be a lock to remain in the rotation given the injuries, though his status remains uncertain for now.
Smith did not factor into the decision Tuesday, when he allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out two over five innings in a 6-5 extra-inning win over the Mets.
Smith made his first start since the third game of the season and kept the Diamondbacks in the game. The left-hander faced the minimum number of batters through three innings before Dominic Smith launched a two-run home run in the fourth. Smith threw 58 pitches and likely earned another start, which lines up for Sunday in Milwaukee.
Smith improved his changeup while working out of the bullpen, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Smith not only became a better strike-thrower while working as a reliever, he refined his changeup into a usable fourth pitch. "We all know his spin -- his curveball and his slider -- that's how he strikes people out," Arizona pitching coach Matt Herges said. "(But) there have been outings where he hasn't had good feel for his slider and curveball and the changeup has completely rescued him." After being passed over for a number of starting opportunities, Smith makes his return to Arizona's rotation Tuesday.
Smith is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Mets, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
The 29-year-old opened the season in the rotation and was tagged for four runs (three earned) over three innings during his season debut against the Padres, and he's since been working out of the bullpen. Smith has pitched well as a reliever with a 2.70 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 36:13 K:BB across 30 innings. The left-hander topped 60 pitches over three frames May 23, so he may not face significant workload limitations while transitioning back to a starter.
Smith allowed one run on four hits while striking out two over three innings in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Colorado.
Smith gave the Diamondbacks multiple relief innings following starter Taylor Widener's departure after 1.2 innings due to a recurring groin injury. He has a history as a starter, including opening the season as part of the rotation, but manager Torey Lovullo appears intent on leaving him in the bullpen despite Arizona needing fill-in starters numerous times this season. They currently have two starters -- Zac Gallen (elbow) and Luke Weaver (shoulder) -- on the injured list, and now Widener leaves another hole in the rotation.
Smith (2-1) was dominant in earning the win over the Rockies on Thursday. He struck out all three batters faced in the seventh inning of a 5-3 win.
Smith elicited nine swings-and-misses on his 12 pitches. Since being dropped to the bullpen, Smith has sparkled in relief, allowing just one run on six hits and five walks while striking out 16 over 12.2 innings. Manager Torey Lovullo was asked by Steve Gilbert of MLB.com about the rotation going forward in light of Taylor Widener's groin injury and another sub-par outing from Luke Weaver. "We feel like we have other moving parts in that area (rotation) that we might look at first, because [Smith]'s created a little spot for himself," the manager said. Lovullo's comments suggest the Diamondbacks are happy with the niche Smith has carved out in the 'pen and may look to other arms for the rotation.
Smith (1-1) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings Thursday, striking out two and walking one while picking up the win in a 14-11 extra-inning victory over Cincinnati.
The lefty has pitched well after transitioning to the bullpen and holds a 2.63 ERA across 13.2 innings. Command does remain an issue for Smith, who has walked eight batters thus far in 2021. Arizona lacks legitimate rotation depth and it wouldn't be surprising to see the 29-year-old return to a starting role at some point.
Smith walked one and struck out five over two scoreless innings of relief in Wednesday's 8-0 loss to Colorado.
Earlier in the day, the Diamondbacks announced Smith was moving out of the rotation and into the bullpen. The move appeared to agree with the left-hander on Wednesday. Smith did not pitch well this spring -- particularly in his final two starts (12 runs in 9.1 innings) -- and manager Torey Lovullo had a quick hook following one disappointing regular-season start. "We just feel like the best thing for this team right now is to put him in the bullpen," Lovullo told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. "Just give him a chance to work on a couple things. You know, we feel like he's close. He's got great stuff. We're looking for him to be a little more consistent and we feel like this will give him the opportunity to go and work on a couple things." There was no word on which pitcher will replace Smith in the rotation, but judging by the manager's comments, he could eventually reclaim a starting role.
Manager Torey Lovullo announced Wednesday that Smith is moving to the bullpen, Jody Jackson of FOX Sports Arizona reports.
Smith struggled in San Diego last weekend, allowing three earned runs on five hits and three walks over three innings, and that was enough for Smith to lose his rotation spot. A replacement in the Diamondbacks' starting rotation has not yet been named. Taylor Clarke could be an option, although Clarke has worked in one-inning stints so far this season. Matt Peacock, who just debuted Tuesday, is another candidate with Zac Gallen (forearm) still on the injured list.
Smith (0-1) hurled three innings and took the loss against San Diego on Saturday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out four.
The southpaw fell behind early in the contest, yielding a solo home run to the second hitter he faced (Manny Machado). He gave up four runs through two innings before settling down in the third and retiring his final three batters. Smith struggled with his control throughout the contest, throwing only 44 of 79 pitches for strikes and issuing three free passes, contributing to the short appearance. The 29-year-old will face a less formidable opponent in his next start, Friday versus Cincinnati.
Smith allowed seven runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out five over 3.2 innings against the Cubs on Monday.
Smith was touched for two home runs Monday, bringing his spring total to five HRs allowed over 21 innings. Arizona's No. 3 starter allowed five runs or more in three of six spring starts.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo expressed confidence in Smith, who has had a rocky spring, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Smith has been knocked around and dealt with command issues, but apparently Lovullo is unfazed by the left-hander's Cactus League results, all but calling him a lock for the rotation Friday afternoon. About an hour later, Smith pitched well over 4.1 innings against the Brewers. There was some loud contact and bouts of wavering control, but Smith was better than he had been in two of his past three spring outings. He's allowed eight runs on 10 hits and eight walks over 11.2 innings.
Smith allowed one run on one hit and four walks while striking out five over 2.1 innings in Sunday's spring game against San Francisco.
Smith was unable to consistently command his pitches, which led to his second poor outing in three Cactus League appearances. Just 31 of his 58 offerings landed in the zone. The left-hander has allowed seven runs on five hits and seven walks while striking out nine over 7.1 spring innings.
Smith allowed one walk while striking out three over three scoreless innings in Monday's spring game against the Giants.
Smith rebounded from a rough first outing in which he permitted six runs on four hits and two walks. "What stood out to me was a quality change-up," manager Torey Lovullo told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. "He kept going back to it. He kept reading swings and had a lot of really productive moments with it." Smith has slotted in between Zac Gallen and Madison Bumgarner this spring, suggesting he'll be the Diamondbacks' No. 2 starter.
Smith allowed six runs on four hits and two walks while striking out one over two innings in Tuesday's spring game against the Padres.
Smith didn't have his best stuff and wasn't able to put batters away when he got to two strikes. The big blow was a second-inning grand slam by San Diego's Fernando Tatis. The defense around him was sloppy, and Arizona's offense was quiet for a third straight game. About the best thing to say is that it was spring training and means nothing at this point.
Smith will start Tuesday's spring game against the Padres, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
This will be the first chance this spring for Smith to try out the curveball he worked on developing during the offseason. The left-hander dealt with COVID-19 last season but was able to get in four September appearances (three starts) for Arizona. He posted a 2.45 ERA with 12 strikeouts and six walks over 11 innings.
Smith worked on his curveball during the offseason, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Because Smith feels his slider is too similar in speed to his fastball, the left-hander wants a slower breaking ball. It was a pitch he introduced last season, but a bout with COVID-19 last summer limited him to just 14 innings. He never got a chance to develop it fully, although he did throw it 20 times and did not give up a hit on it, per Statcast. "The curveball is coming along really well," Smith said. "I picked it up pretty quick, actually. I think it's right where I need it to be. I think it's going to help my repertoire a lot this season." Smith is expected to be part of the Diamondbacks' rotation in 2021.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/12||vs LAA||L 7-8||4.1||5||4||3||6|
|06/06||@ MIL||L 0-2||1||5.0||3||1||2||8|
|06/01||vs NYM||W 6-5||5.0||3||2||1||2|
|05/27||vs STL||L 4-5||2.1||1||0||0||5|
|05/23||@ COL||L 3-4||3.0||4||1||0||2|
|05/19||@ LAD||L 2-4||1.0||1||0||1||2|
|05/17||@ LAD||L 1-3||2.0||1||0||2||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2013||ASX-Staten Island Yankee||47.2||13||9||0||1||2||0||52||15||33||1.91||1.017|
|2019||AAX-Jacksonville Jumbo S||9.1||2||2||0||0||0||0||19||2||7||5.93||0.989|