SMITH ON FIRE by Tom Brennan
Let's be honest, Dominic Smith was plodding along with a low power, low average season through June 23. Made me start to think perhaps he was another bad Mets pick, hitting just .259 with 4 homers through that date.
Somebody must have walked up to him and said, "hey, Smitty, my lad, you turned 21 last week, you're on the clock now", because he hit a homer on June 24 and now has 8 homers and 24 RBIs over his past 23 games, while raising his average 35 points to .294, going 34 for 86 (.395) over that stretch. Hey, his 67 RBIs on the year aren't shabby neither...on his way to 100.
No doubt, he has been energized by the stupendous AA debut of 20 year old Amed Rosario hitting in front of him, coincidentally, for 23 games, during which he has hit a mighty fine .379 and scored 20. Rosario has a superb 54 RBIs this full season to go along with his overall .327 average for 2016.
Two future stars.
On a closing note, Belfast-born PJ Conlon lost last night, a rarity which happens when your team scores ZERO. PJ allowed just 1 run (one too many, sadly), and is now 11-2, 1.93, 1.01 on the season. Quite a season. Amazing.