Dominic Smith Is A Work In Progress

Dominic Smith Is A Work In Progress

The 2021 season has certainly been a ride for New York Mets outfielder Dominic Smith.

Smith got off to a hot start at the beginning of the season and he was establishing himself as a key threat in the Mets lineup.

But as the season progressed, Smith hit a wall at the plate and he started to have more of a reserved role on the team coming off the bench.

Despite his struggles this season, Smith still believes in himself and knows that he can make an impact on the field.

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Now don’t let his numbers this year fool you, Smith can flat out play.

Through 143 games this season, Smith has a batting average of .246 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI.

Those numbers aren’t bad, but throughout the season Smith has had multiple streaks where he struggled at the plate.

But recently he’s had some success.  Through his last seven games he hit .400 with three RBI and a run scored.

Smith has spent his entire five-year career with the Mets and he knows that he’s not going to let this put him in a bad place at all.

He’s had his moments.

“Whatever happened this year is not going to define me as a player, as a person,” Smith told the Daily News. “I know I still have a lot of years in this game. I have a lot of years to improve and get better. I’m obviously going to take that challenge like I’ve taken every challenge and just work. That’s all you can do. There’s a lot of things I want to work on. I don’t worry about my future. I just take it day by day. I live in the present.”

For our MLBbro, that’s all he can do. Just take it day by day and focus on the things you can control.

You better believe one thing, this offseason, Smith is going to put that work in like never before.

As mentioned earlier, this brother can impact any team he plays for and that’s something he’s high on doing.

“My career, my numbers, will hopefully improve and that’ll take care of itself,” he said. “But it’s just about the impact I leave with my teammates and coaches and being a good teammate and a good person who your teammates like to have around. Somebody that your teammates can count on and depend on and just somebody you’d like to hang around with.”

The question is, will the Mets want to bring him back? Now that’s something out of his control but there’s no question that he should be on a team next season.

For his career he’s batting .253 with a .443 slugging percentage. He also has hit 46 home runs with 162 RBI.

This brother was selected in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft for a reason and he’s transitioned into a high-level player since being drafted.

Now he has to find a way to return to that player he was during the 2019 and 2020 season.

Just know this, this won’t be the last time you hear about our MLBbro and you can believe that.

A Tale of Two Boroughs | Mets & Yankees Move In Opposite Directions

A Tale of Two Boroughs | Mets & Yankees Move In Opposite Directions

The second half of the season started with big aspirations for the MLBbros in both boroughs. 

For the Bros from the Bronx, slugging outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, they faced an uphill climb in order to re-enter the playoff picture in the stacked American League East after stumbling through the first half. 

While there was a feeling of impending doom in the Bronx, the forecast in Queens was a lot brighter. Sitting in first place with Lefty Dominic Smith heating up and melanated mound marauders Taijuan Walker and Marcus Stroman tossing gems, the Metropolitans looked to simply hold on and extend their lead in the NL East.

Both squads added pieces at the break they felt would help their playoff hopes immediately. The Mets added slugging infielder Javier Baez, and the Yankees did what the Yankees do, grabbing two of the biggest names on the trade market in Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo. 

 

Bronx Bombers 

But unfortunately, the baseball gods have only been raining down blessings in the Bronx lately, usually in the form of a Giancarlo Stanton missile or another bomb off the bat of perennial MVP candidate Aaron Judge.

“We’re clicking on all cylinders,” said Stanton. “We’re grinding away at the opponent. We’ve discussed what it took to get here and how we’ve all fed off each other, the work that we’ve all put in. It’s cool to see it develop.”

We told you about his move back to the outfield, but over the last seven games, Stanton has been exhibiting throwback power. Giancarlo has hit .320, launched 4 homers and driven in 8 RBI in the Yankees last seven games. 

He’s been underappreciated by Yankees fans all season.

 

 

As for Aaron “All Rise” Judge, his 29 home runs and 72 RBI have been the constant thunder the Yankees needed to leapfrog the Boston Red Sox and claim sole possession of second place. 

 

 

Thanks to this offensive explosion, the scorching hot Yanks have positioned themselves to put the pressure on the Rays down the stretch.

Questions in Queens

The Mets seemed poised to finish strong down the stretch, with Walker and Stroman cruising and superstar Francisco Lindor’s expected return to the lineup and provide even more pop. Unfortunately for the Queen’s faithful, it seems like the exact opposite has happened for the Mets.

After dominating out the gate, it’s been ugly lately for one half of the melanated mound marauders. Over his last six starts, Taijuan Walker is 0-6 with a 5.72 ERA, giving up 36 hits in 39.1 innings pitched. 

As for Dominic Smith, after a brief resurgence at the beginning of the year, Smith’s production has fallen off the map. Over his last 30 games, Smith has hit .204 with zero homers and just 9 RBI. 

The struggles of these MLBbros have added to the Mets tumble down the division, but there has still been a lone, Durag-wearing bright spot.

 

 

Despite his 9-12 record, Marcus Stroman has a sparkling 2.85 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, numbers reminiscent of the 2020 Cy Young Award winner. Marcus has stepped up in the absence of ace Jacob DeGrom, looking dominant over his last seven starts. 

Unfortunately for Stro Show, the Mets offense has been anemic, often wasting his amazing performances. Once the division leader, the Mets season continues to slowly slip away, with no relief in sight.

After seeming poised to take the spotlight from big bro over in the Bronx, it’s beginning to look a lot like business as usual in New York. 

 

Mets & Kumar Rocker | There’s No Such Thing As A Perfect Match

Mets & Kumar Rocker | There’s No Such Thing As A Perfect Match

Kumar Rocker won’t be rocking out in Queens after all.

The Mets and Rocker, the 10th overall pick out of Vanderbilt in the recent MLB Draft, couldn’t reach an agreement before Sunday’s signing deadline passed.

Reportedly, a deal fell apart after a physical showed issues with his pitching elbow.

 

 

 

That means Rocker won’t be a Met. Meanwhile, the Mets will get a compensation pick instead. It will be the 11th pick in 2022.

Mets fans should be heartbroken. Many thought Kumar could be the next Dwight Gooden.

Entering the 2021 season, Rocker was labeled as the consensus No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. 

He most notably put his name on the map after his performance during Vandy’s 2019 College World Series run.  Rocker threw a 19-strikeout, no-hitter against Duke, which was the first ever thrown no-no in a Super Regional.

 

 

Vanderbilt would go on to win the College World Series and would have been heavy favorites to repeat in 2020 on the shoulders of Rocker’s 1.80 ERA in three starts before the season was ended due to the Covid pandemic.

Rocker was a workhorse for the Commodores in the 2021 season.

He had a 14-4 record through 20 starts.  He pitched 122 innings and struck out 179 batters on his way to posting a 2.73 ERA.

 

 

 

He, along with second overall pick Jack Leiter – who signed with the Texas Rangers – helped lead Vandy to another appearance in the College World Series this year.

And after the final series was tied at a win a piece, Rocker was selected to take the bump in the winner-take-all Game 3.

However, he did not have command and struggled early as he only lasted 4 ⅓ innings allowing five runs on six strikeouts and taking the loss to champion Mississippi State.

That was the final start of Rocker’s college career, or so we thought.  He entered the 2021 draft and surprisingly to most expert draft boards, fell all the way to 10 to the New York Mets.

It seemed like a match made in heaven.

Rocker, who has been under a microscope of pressure since high school, is made for the bright lights of New York and their media.

He also would have a chance to join Black Knights Taijuan Walker and Marcus Stroman as African-American starters in the Mets rotation.

 

 

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Rocker and the Mets had an agreement on a $6 million deal but after a physical “supposedly” showed issues with his elbow, things fell apart.

However, this is where the situation gets a little dicey:

 

 

Rocker is represented by super agent Scott Boras who along with Rocker’s camp, insist that he is healthy,  according to sources.

It was also reported that orthopedists outside of the Mets’ organization disagree with the assessment that Mets’ doctors gave on the health of Rocker.

Before the draft, Rocker was selected to be a part of the MLB pre-draft MRI program which allows all 30 teams to have a player’s medical information, but since he did not participate (which is common for players going high in the draft) the Mets will be awarded the 11th overall pick in the 2022 Draft as compensation in exchange for not offering Rocker a contract.

 

Rocker’s agent Scott Boras said in a statement, “Kumar Rocker is healthy according to independent medical review by multiple prominent baseball orthopedic surgeons. Immediately upon conclusion of his collegiate seasons, he had an MRI on both his shoulder and his elbow.  When compared with his 2018 MRIs, the medical experts found no significant change. Kumar requires no medical attention and will continue to pitch in the regular course as he prepares to begin his professional career.”

That adds a whole other dimension to baseball’s rule that doesn’t allow a player to sign with any other team if they can’t come to terms on a deal.

 

 

Once again, we are left to question the decisions made by the Mets’ front office.  In addition to losing Rocker, they also sent away their 2020 first-round pick Pete Crow-Armstrong, who they drafted out of high school to the Chicago Cubs earlier this week.

Since 2016 the Mets have drafted seven players in the first round, including Seattle Mariners MLBbro pitcher Justin Dunn and top prospect outfielder Jared Kelenic.

However, only two of those picks are currently still in the organization.