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New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite saying he felt first baseman Dominic Smith did not play well enough in his brief MLB stint last season to already earn the starting job in 2018, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he and the franchise remain optimistic in Smith's potential moving forward.

Speaking at the MLB Winter Meetings on Sunday, Alderson said the team, which has reportedly considered making a run at several free-agent first basemen, including Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana, likely wouldn't make a move that would take Smith out of the equation for next season

"I wouldn't expect us to do something that totally eliminates Dominic as a possibility," Alderson said. "We're still very high on Dominic, some of my comments earlier in the offseason notwithstanding."

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterCompared to past weeks, this week was a bit quieter in off-the-field Mets land. Noah Syndergaard, as usual, had most of the fun -- at least from the looks of it on social media.

We found out that Thor -- who is now private on Instagram -- not only enjoys Christmas, but is quite the fan of Elf as well. But who isn't?

He went to the tree in Rockefeller Center, quoting the film in his caption: "Well, there are some things you should know. First off, if you see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn't free candy. Second, there are, like, thirty Ray's Pizzas. They all claim to be the original. But the real one's on 11th. And if you see a sign that says 'Peep Show,' that doesn't mean that they're letting you look at the new toys before Christmas."

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New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)  (Tami Chappell/AP)
New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) (Tami Chappell/AP)

The Mets have made no secret of their interest in bringing in a first baseman this offseason, which means one thing: they are not (yet) sold on Dominic Smith. And it's hard to make an argument that they should be.

Smith's debut was by any measure a disappointing one. Across 49 games in August and September, he hit a paltry .198 with a .658 OPS and failed to demonstrate either the smooth glove or the smooth swing that brought him to the majors in the first place. The one positive is that he showed the potential for real power for the first time in his career, hitting nine home runs with an isolated slugging close to .200. He still does not compare favorably to the average first baseman in that area, but he has shown consistent improvement year over year.

But a 22-year-old former first-round pick brings a lot of upside that a 183 plate appearance sample size doesn't necessarily encompass. So as the Mets explore their options, they'll be asking themselves what an extra year -- and, if offseason rumors are to be believed, a little less weight -- will do for Smith's numbers...

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Mets Hot Stove: Smith on '17 00:06:00
Dominic Smith discusses his 2017 campaign after not performing as well as he would have liked and using criticism as motivation for 2018.

In an effort to start at first base for the Mets in 2018, Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith plans to work this offseason on his swing and focus on improving his diet and a new wellness regimen.

"I'm not taking anything for granted," Smith said Monday night in studio on SNY's Mets Hot Stove. "I know I didn't perform how I'd like and I'm definitely going to work my butt off."

In early November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Smith did not do enough in August and September to win the team's starting first base job.

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Tune in to SNY tonight at 6 to catch Dominic Smith on Mets Hot Stove!

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Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Lind (26) (Michael Owens)
Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Lind (26) (Michael Owens)

The Mets are reportedly interested in free agent 1B/OF Adam Lind, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

The 34-year-old, lefty-swinging Lind hit .303//362/.513 with 14 HR in 116 games for the Nationals in 2017 while splitting time between first base and left field.

Lind has had stark platoon splits throughout his career, slashing .288/.348/.504 against righties but just .217/.263/.329 against lefties...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores
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New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets INF T.J. Rivera, who had Tommy John surgery on his injured right elbow on Sept. 14, is hoping to return around the beginning of next season.

While pitchers usually miss between 12 and 18 months recovering from Tommy John surgery, position players can return in as little as six months.

Mets officials foresee Rivera returning this coming summer, but his goal is to get back sooner...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, TJ Rivera, Danny Abriano
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BNNY: Andy Martino 00:03:17
Andy Martino reports live from the GM Meetings in Orlando and speculates on players the Mets may target to re-tool for the 2018 season.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets spoke on Tuesday with the representatives for free agent first baseman Carlos Santana because that's what baseball teams do in November: they take meetings and canvas the market. The same goes for free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain and the many other names sure to trickle from loose-lipped agents in the early part of the offseason.

But, according to sources with direct knowledge of New York's thinking, Santana is very unlikely to become a Met. The team remains more focused on finding a reliever, a second baseman (via free agency or trade) and an outfielder who can also play first base. Some reasons for this approach...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Loud Mouths: Jim Duquette 00:05:49
Jim Duquette joins Loud Mouths to discuss the Mets' pitching staff, their offseason plans, and Sandy Alderson's comments on Dominic Smith.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson on Monday indicated that 1B Dominic Smith has not yet secured a starting job on the team for the 2018 season.

"He didn't win it in September, let's put it that way," Alderson said, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

In a post here Wednesday afternoon, I wrote that the Mets prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith are only penciled in as the team's starting shortstop and first baseman next season.

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The Mets are among roughly 10 teams expressing interest in free agent 1B Carlos Santana, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Along with the Mets, the Angels, Phillies, Red Sox, Mariners, and Indians are also interested in Santana.

Santana, 31, earned $12 million last year for the Indians while hitting .259/.363/.455 with 23 HR, 37 doubles, and 79 RBI in 154 games. He was also worth 10 DRS at first base and was a finalist for the Gold Glove award.

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The Mets are among roughly 10 teams expressing interest in free agent 1B Carlos Santana, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Along with the Mets, the Angels, Phillies, Red Sox, Mariners, and Indians are also interested in Santana.

Santana, 31, earned $12 million last year for the Indians while hitting .259/.363/.455 with 23 HR, 37 doubles, and 79 RBI in 154 games. He was also worth 10 DRS at first base and was a finalist for the Gold Glove award.

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LM: You Think This Is a Game? 00:01:39
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss the Mets players who were and were not in attendance at Travis d'Arnaud's recent wedding.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterWelcome to the offseason, everyone. Most Mets fans were wishing for this after the injury-riddled 2017 season, and now that we're here, many of us are right back to missing baseball.

But in this time period between the season ending and Spring Training beginning, the Mets are staying busy off the field. Thanks to social media and the internet, all of us get to see what's going on and stay connected to our players (who we hope are also hitting the batting cages). This past weekend for instance was the weekend of Mets weddings. Travis d'Arnaud, Brandon Nimmo, and Mets Minor league knuckleballer Mickey Jannis all walked down the aisle over the weekend, inviting some of their Mets friends.

Click below for lots of pictures from this weekend's Mets adventures...

Tags: Amed Rosario, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Eric Campbell, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey, Travis d'Arnaud, Michelle Ioannou
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Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)
Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)

Orlando, Fla. - Mets GM Sandy Alderson is set to report to these GM meetings Monday morning. Here, he will have his first opportunity of the offseason to chat in person with his counterparts from rival teams and see if he can lay groundwork for trades. However, Mets people know they will have to get creative in order to pull off an impact deal. because the way this roster is constructed, trading won't be easy...

The Mets are seeking a late-inning reliever, a second baseman, a corner infielder or strict first baseman, and possibly a back-end starting pitcher. Free agency will be the easiest route to fill as many of those needs as possible, because the team knows that its farm system lacks the type of high-end trading chips Alderson had a few years ago (and even then he tended to hold onto his prospects).

The Mets have players on their major league roster that would bring back value, but I'm told they are highly reluctant to move most of them...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz
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Sep 11, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) (Peter Aiken)
Sep 11, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) (Peter Aiken)

The Royals have made qualifying offers (one-year contract offers of $17.4 million that net the team a draft pick if the player refuses) to pending free agents Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Eric Hosmer. This move did not come as a surprise but nonetheless may play a role in the Mets' offseason as they look to retool their lineup.

This year marks the debut of a new system of qualifying offers, one designed to have a lesser impact on a player's market than in prior years. If the Mets sign a player who has received a qualifying offer, instead of losing a first round draft pick, they will lose their second-highest pick This is based on there being a big market team that didn't exceed the luxury tax last season, the rules vary for teams in other situations.

To the Mets, this is a lesser obstacle to signing a player than it would have been last year, though the league may see overall sticker prices on these players rise because they don't "cost" as much in draft pick compensation.

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Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)

Amed Rosario wants Jose Reyes -- the Mets' only major league free agent -- to return to the team in 2018.

"There's no words to it," Rosario, through an interpreter, told NJAM about his relationship with Reyes. "He's more than a friend, he's a brother and I've learned a lot from him."

"If it's God's will, he will be next year," Rosario added about Reyes being on the Mets.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jose Reyes, Matt Reynolds, TJ Rivera, Danny Abriano
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Aug 28, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays batter Logan Morrison (7) (Peter Aiken)
Aug 28, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays batter Logan Morrison (7) (Peter Aiken)

Free agency kicked off at 5 p.m. on Monday, and SNY Mets Contributor Jim Duquette lists the Mets among the interested teams for free agent first basemen Eric Hosmer, Yonser Alonso, Logan Morrison, and Carlos Santana.

Duquette, in a piece for MLB.com, ultimately predicts that Morrison -- who hit .246/.353/.516 with 38 HR this past season for the Rays -- will sign with the Mets.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | After seeing Duquette link the Mets to arguably the top-four free agent first basemen on the market, it's fair to infer that he believes one of two things to be true. 1. The Mets are not as high on Dominic Smith as we have been led to believe or 2. The Mets intend to use Smith as part of a trade to import help elsewhere...

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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Mets are "nearly certain" to pick up INF Asdrubal Cabrera's $8.5 million option for 2018, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The decision is really a $6.5 million one, since the Mets would have to buy out Cabrera for $2 million if they don't pick up his option.

Cabrera and pending free agent Jose Reyes both want to return to the Mets, with Reyes saying after Wednesday night's game at Citi Field that "a lot of stuff went through his head" during it because he was unsure whether it was his final game ever in front of the home fans.

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New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets rookie 1B Dominic Smith has had a long season between Triple-A and the majors this year, and he plans on refining his game during the offseason. 

Smith, who earned the team's award for best player in the Minor League system in 2017, went 0-for-3 during the Mets' win over Atlanta on Tuesday night. Since getting called up to the big club in August, the 22-year-old has slashed .199/.250/.372 with seven homers and 22 RBIs. 

"I need to come back in better shape and be more consistent," Smith said, according to the New York Daily News. "This is the first time I've played 150 games. The first time I am playing in September. This is the most I've played in my life. You definitely hit a wall, you get fatigued, you get tired mentally and physically." 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith said he is looking forward to coming back stronger and more consistent in 2018 and that it's been "a blast" playing alongside SS Amed Rosario, who he said is his best friend on the team.

Smith, speaking during a Q&A with fans from the Mets' Twitter account, also answered lots of off-beat questions.

He wouldn't weigh in on the "feud" between Noah Syndergaard and Mr. Met -- instead pleading the fifth -- but said Jacob deGrom had the best hair on the team -- beating out Syndergaard and Robert Gsellman.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman
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Smith puts one in the seats 00:00:50
Dominic Smith hits a home run to right-center field in the third inning against the Cubs.

Mets rookie 1B Dominic Smith had two hits, including his second home run in two days, in Thursday's 14-6 loss to the Cubs.

Smith, 22, has a .298/.365/.617 batting line with three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs in 11 games in September after he ended August in a 7-for-50 slump with only three extra-base hits.

"My whole career I've always started slow, so it didn't bother me," Smith recently said, according to the Bergen Record. "I'm good enough to play at this level, I know I belong, and if I continue to stick to the process and stick to my approach of hitting the ball hard, things will continue to turn around."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/14 00:03:00
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 14-6 loss to the Cubs.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Seth Lugo was unable to hold leads of 3-0 and 5-3, and ultimately allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in three-plus innings. 

2) Dominic Smith (2-for-3) homered for the second straight game, going back-to-back with Travis d'Arnaud in the third inning. Brandon Nimmo (2-for-5) hit an RBI double and Jose Reyes had a run-scoring single to give the Mets a 3-0 lead in the second. Asdrubal Cabrera opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first. Tomas Nido collected his first big league hit and RBI with a single in the ninth.

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 (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
(Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

In the five weeks since his Mets debut, Dominic Smith hasn't put up dominant numbers in any category, leading some to express concerns that he wasn't ready for the majors. But he is already beginning to adjust, and his .879 OPS in September shows the potential he brings.

Possibly as a function of his relative youth at each level, Smith has a history of adjusting slowly to his promotions. As a 20-year-old in High-A, he mustered just a .220 average with one extra base hit in the month of April. From May onwards, he hit .314 and finished the year with 33 doubles.

Likewise, the following year in Double-A, he put up mediocre numbers well into May, before catching fire and batting .323/.397/.495 from June through September. His start in Triple-A (an .867 OPS in April of this year) was comparatively strong, but he still showed improvement throughout the season, finishing with a career-high .905 OPS, as well as the best power numbers he has shown in professional ball...

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith's catch on Saturday night against the Reds impressed manager Terry Collins.

On the play, Smith ran to make a play against the wall in foul territory by first base to catch a foul pop-up.

Collins said that type of play "resonates" with what Collins wants the Mets' mindset to be.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:14
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 10-5 loss to the Reds.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Paul Sewald allowed a game-tying three-run homer in the seventh inning and Jeurys Familia surrendered two more runs in the eighth as New York blew a 5-2 lead. Hansel Robles served up a three-run homer in the ninth. The trio combined to allow eight runs, seven hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings.

2) Jacob deGrom overcame a rocky first inning and left the game in line for a career-high 15th win after allowing two runs on three hits in six innings. The right-hander walked three and struck out 10, the 10th time this season deGrom has recorded double-digit strikeouts in a start.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/3 00:03:21
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-6 loss to the Houston Astros.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Chris Flexen was roughed up for seven runs on nine hits in four innings, including a pair of home runs. The 23-year-old walked two, struck out one and surrendered five runs in the third before recording an out.

2) The Mets jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two innings. Dominic Smith had an RBI single while Nori Aoki had a pair of run-scoring knocks. Juan Lagares singled to drive in a run while Travis d'Arnaud and Brandon Nimmo each tallied an RBI.

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Collins, Harvey on game 1 loss 00:04:42
Terry Collins and Matt Harvey discuss Harvey's first start in four months and what mechanical improvements he needs to make on the mound.

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Things you should know about today's game...

1) Matt Harvey allowed four runs in the first and two more in the second in his first start since June 14 and the shortest of his career. The right-hander surrendered eight hits, struck out three and did not issue a walk but hit a batter and tossed two wild pitches in two innings. Harvey needed 37 pitches to get out of the opening frame when five of the first six Astros reached safely.

2) Wilmer Flores' 18th home run was a grand slam as the Mets cut an eight-run deficit to 10-7 in the seventh. Dominic Smith hit a two-run homer while Asdrubal Cabrera had a solo homer and an RBI single. Amed Rosario and Smith had two hits apiece for New York.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:46
Wayne Randazzo and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 7-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

The Mets lost to the Reds, 7-2, on Thursday afternoon in Cincinnati in the finale of their three-game set >> Click here for a full box score of the game

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Jacob deGrom allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out five in 6.0 innings. 

2) Amed Rosario's throwing error in the third inning allowed Billy Hamilton to score as the Reds took a 3-2 lead. With one out, Rosario attempted to throw Hamilton out at third base instead of taking the sure out at first base.

3) Jeurys Familia allowed one run -- on a homer to Joey Votto -- in 0.2 innings of work.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:56
Wayne Randazzo and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 14-4 loss to the Reds in Cincinnati

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Chris Flexen allowed five runs in the first, highlighted by Scott Schebler's grand slam, and was charged with seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. The 23-year-old right-hander surrendered seven hits while walking four and striking out four.

2) Dominic Smith had two hits, including a two-run double which snapped an 0-for-11 stretch. Asdrubal Cabrera opened the scoring for both clubs with an RBI double in the first and added an RBI single in the ninth.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:56
Wayne Randazzo and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 14-4 loss to the Reds in Cincinnati

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Chris Flexen allowed five runs in the first, highlighted by Scott Schebler's grand slam, and was charged with seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. The 23-year-old right-hander surrendered seven hits while walking four and striking out four.

2) Dominic Smith had two hits, including a two-run double which snapped an 0-for-11 stretch. Asdrubal Cabrera opened the scoring for both clubs with an RBI double in the first and added an RBI single in the ninth.

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Mets rookie 1B Dominic Smith is hitting just .161 with a .186 OBP, three home runs and six RBI during his 59 at-bats, but he and the Mets are not worried.

"I am a pretty slow starter," Smith recently said, according to the NY Post. "It normally takes me a month to get stuff going. ... It's a new league. You have to get used to the pitchers. You have to get used to the umpires. You have to get used to pretty much everything: playing in front of 40,000 people. It's a way bigger game than it is at the other levels, and every level I have been to takes a little adjustment period."

Mets rookie 1B Dominic Smith is hitting just .161 with a .186 OBP, three home runs and six RBI during his 59 at-bats in the majors, but he and the Mets are not worried.

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Smith's solo blast 00:01:15
Dominic Smith hits a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning to extend the Mets' lead to 4-2 against the D-backs.

Mets rookie 1B Dominic Smith hit a solo home run as the Mets defeated the D-backs, 4-2, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

"I want to see him, once in a while, jump somebody early and get the bat out front," Terry Collins later explained. "If he learns how to do that, he's got a chance to hit the ball over the fence."

Smith has hit three home runs in his last 28 at-bats, continuing a power trend that started for him during the middle of last season in Double-A.

"It doesn't surprise me at all," Smith said of hitting home runs in the big leagues. "I knew it was in there. People who were with me on an everyday basis knew it was in there."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Many of the Mets' youngest players played key roles at the plate, on the field, and on the mound in the team's 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

Michael Conforto had two RBI singles to lead the offense, while Dominic Smith hit his third home run and Amed Rosario had two hits and an RBI. Brandon Nimmo hit a double and reached base four times. On the mound, Chris Flexen pitched six innings for the first time in his career and earned his third win of the season. 

"It's fun for me because I played with these guys coming up," Conforto said after the game. "It's cool that now they're here with me. I think right now they're in the part where they're just getting their feet wet... I think they're doing a great job so far and when the time comes I'll give them some knowledge if need be."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:16
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-2 win over the D-backs at Citi Field on Wednesday.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Michael Conforto had a pair of RBI singles and Dominic Smith slugged a solo homer, his third of the season. Amed Rosario went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Brandon Nimmo doubled, walked three times and scored twice.

2) Chris Flexen allowed two runs over a career-high six innings to win for the third time in four starts. The 23-year-old surrendered six hits, four walks and struck out five.

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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Wilmer Flores seems to have been a Met for a very long time. Since debuting in 2013, he has amassed over 1,500 plate appearances while playing no fewer than 50 games in each of the four infield spots. Along the way, he has collected 54 home runs, 192 RBI, and one dramatic last-minute reprieve from a trade to the Brewers. No wonder it's so easy to forget that he's still just 26 years old.

Despite moving through the Mets system on the strength of his bat, Flores didn't get off to a hot start in the majors, putting up a paltry .675 OPS from 2013-15. But over the past two seasons, coinciding with the end of his experimental shortstop run, he has put together a .272/.318/.478 slash line -- not a dominant offensive performance, but above league average and the kind of line that keeps a hitter in a lineup on a regular basis. It's fairly similar to the numbers Wil Myers has put up in San Diego over the same time period, although Flores has fewer plate appearances.

Flores has seen significant handedness splits over the course of his career, with an .830 OPS against lefties and a .686 OPS against righties. As a result, he has been used largely in a platoon role. But this season, he is showing something new.

Flores' OPS against lefties is almost identical to his career split, but he has made great strides against righties - a .789 OPS along with nine of his 15 home runs. While he is still a dependable hitter against left-handed pitching, he no longer appears to be a liability against right-handers, which would be a big step forward in his development...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores, Maggie Wiggin
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Aug 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith's is happy to play in the New York spotlight and hopes to serve as a role model for kids, he said in a wide-ranging interview with Steve Serby of the New York Post.

Smith, who was called up to the big leagues earlier this month, said his parents struggled with drug addiction before he was born and it was difficult for his family to make ends meet at times. He hopes to use his own experiences to provide inspiration to others.

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Aug 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets' four-game series with the Yankees marked a series of big-league firsts for rookie 1B Dominic Smith: his first Subway Series, his first home run, and his first game at Citi Field. But he'll also remember the series because it was the first time he played a big league game with his childhood idol, Aaron Hicks.

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The Mets' four-game series with the Yankees marked a series of big-league firsts for rookie 1B Dominic Smith: his first Subway Series, his first home run, and his first game at Citi Field. But he'll also remember the series because it was the first time he played a big league game with his childhood idol, Aaron Hicks.

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? Eric Olesh (@eolesh) April 25, 2014On the disabled list. After leaving his final spring training start on March 27 with pain in his triceps, Mets doctors later diagnosed him with a strained lat. This is now the third year in a row that the 2011 second round pick has missed time with an injury. Mazzoni had?elbow neuritis?last April and arthroscopic surgery on his knee in August 2013. He also missed a start in late July 2012 with a?finger issue.?

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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 5?

Batting second, and playing CF, Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a strikeout.

TJ Rivera's fifth inning grand slam snapped a 2-2 tie and put St. Lucie ahead for good. The 25-year-old Rivera played his first professional game at first base in this one, while going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and 5 RBI. This will be the third separate season Rivera has played at St. Lucie after earning a promotion from Savannah in 2012. I thought coming into this year, that Rivera had a chance to break spring training as a backup middle infielder in AA, but the BMets are only carrying two middle infielders: Wilfredo Tovar and Matt Reynolds. Rivera is probably a more productive hitter in advanced-A than Cole Frenzel or the recently released Chris Garcia.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Robert Gsellman, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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MetsBlog's Michael Baron sat down with 2013 first-round pick Dom Smith. The full interview is here.

The most interesting exchange from my point of view was:

Baron:?What are your current strengths and weaknesses, in terms of pitch recognition?

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MLB.com is rolling through their list of prospects by position and listed Dominic Smith, the Mets' first round pick in 2013, at #2 at first base behind only the Astros' Jonathan Singleton.

There's no author listed, but it's either Jon Mayo or Jim Callis or a combined effort.

The comment on Smith:

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- At Amazin' Avenue, Chris McShane takes a very careful look at Travis d'Arnaud's struggles blocking pitches in the big leagues. I noticed on a few pitches that he's wincing rather than trying to catch the ball with his chest protector. He also reaches late a few times. I look forward to a followup when d'Arnaud has both more big league time and more time working with the big league pitchers in 2014.

- Mets first rounder Dom Smith talked to througthefencebaseball. He also apparently said something silly/homophobic on twitter. I missed the original tweet sequence, but here's his apology.

- LHP Chase Huchingson is headed down to Venezuela to play winter ball. He was suspended for 50 games in late August for a second failed test for a drug of abuse.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Links, Travis d'Arnaud, Toby Hyde

Per Adam Rubin at ESPNNY, Mets 2013 first round pick Dominic Smith, has been promoted from the Gulf Coast League to the Kingsport Mets.

The GCL season ends on Thursday. The K-Mets have three more regular season games, Wednesday - Friday?and a likely trip to the Appy League playoffs afterward.

Smith hit .287/.384/.407 with 24 walks and 37 strikeouts with 13 extra-base hits in 48 games in the GCL. He had a monster August going .347/.413/.458 with six walks, 11 strikeouts and five extra-base hits in 19 games in August.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Toby Hyde

SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 8, Tri-City Valley Cats (HOU) 1?

The Brooklyn Cyclones won their fourth straight, but remained one half game out of first place behind the Aberdeen Ironbirds for first place in the New York Penn League McNamara Division.

Six different Cyclones had at least two hits including SS Gavin Cecchini, who was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. The 19-year-old is up to .290/.331/.333 in 43 games. That's an awfully impressive batting average given his age, in the New York Penn League. He's fanned just 27 times in 43 games, a 15% strikeout rate. His BABIP is .343, on the high side, but not extreme.

Tags: Daily Recap, Dominic Smith, Toby Hyde
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SSA: @ Staten Island Yankees 5, Brooklyn Cyclones 3?

Hitting streaks are funny things. After hitting safely in 16 straight games, SS Gavin Cecchini (.286/.318/.333 - 39 gms) has now taken the collar in three straight, going 0-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout Wednesday. In 39 games this year, the 19-year-old has eight walks and 25 strikeouts. That's just a walk rate of 5% after 8.2% a year ago. All young hitters work on approach and swing mechanics at the same time. Cecchinini, for all the baseball in his family, is no different.

 

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Gulf Coast League, Toby Hyde
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Zach Mortimer writing at Baseball Prospectus reviewed the NL teams' first round picks in 2013.

His comment on Dominic Smith, who I don't think he's seen in person,

"....everyone that I?ve spoken with believes in Smith, and believes that he will hit for both average and power. Smith profiles as a potential middle-of-the-order bat who will be a staple in the Mets organization going forward."
Tags: Baseball Prospectus, Dominic Smith, Toby Hyde