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.
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.