It is just not Dominic Smith’s year.

 

The first baseman/outfielder is having the worst season of his major league career. In the 58 games he has suited up for the New York Mets, he has a .194 batting average, with 17 RBI. He is slugging a .276 on-base percentage, and a .284 slugging percentage. He has also not hit one out of the yard so far either.

 

As the All-Star Break has come to a close and the second half of the season underway, Smith will not be a part of that. It was announced on Thursday that he would start the second half on the 10-day Injured List with an ankle, after rolling it while running the bases last Saturday against the Cubs.

 

The Mets were not a bad team last season, as they were in first place in the NL East for a good chunk of their campaign, but they ended up self-imploding, and the eventual World Series champion Atlanta Braves took the division over. After making several splashy moves the previous offseason, like with the signing of Max Scherzer and Starling Marte, as well as the team they already had, things were looking bright in Queens.

 

As the 11th overall pick back in 2015 out of Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California, Smith has been expected to play a big role with his bat. After a very successful 2020 season, hitting 10 home runs in 50 games, Smith’s production dipped as he ended up having a mediocre 2021 year, batting .244 with 11 home runs, 58 RBI, an on-base percentage of .304, and a slugging percentage .363 in 145 games played.

 

Many fans just saw this as a down year for Smith and the Mets, as the team went into a downward spiral in the second half.  The team is hoping he can reach back to his .316 batting average from 2020. As of now, fans and the team just hope that he can get back to the same production from 2021.

 

The August 2nd trade deadline is approaching quickly, and as the Mets are very much in playoff contention, they will be buyers. The team just announced Friday that they acquired first baseman/designated hitter Daniel Vogelback, most likely meaning less playing time for Smith.

 

Smith’s name has already been thrown out there as a potential player the Mets may use as a trade piece. Recent reports have indicated that, according to Robert Murray, teams like the Cubs and the Red Sox are already showing signs of interest in the 27-year-old. Especially with a crowded outfield, and a very crowded first baseman group, all signs are pointing to Smith being the odd man out.

 

A change in scenery could be exactly what he needs. It can be a chance to let go of old demons, and have a fresh start. However, there is a good chance that he will not get traded, and if that’s the case, then he will really need to figure out what’s going wrong in a hurry. Either way, the next month or two are going to be very interesting to see what ends up happening with Smith.

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