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."
"I've just been working trying to pick up pitches, trying to lay off pitches, trying to put my 'A' swing on pitches to hit the ball hard," he said of adjusting from Triple-A to the Mets. "It's just a lot of preparation and just muscle memory type of things ... don't try to do too much, just drop the hands and put the barrel on it."
Earlier in Wednesday night's game, rookie SS Amed Rosario drove in Smith with a single. Rosario hit a two-run home run and a triple Tuesday night.
"It's a lot of fun for us to be able to come up here and help the team win ballgames," Smith said of himself and Rosario, who was his shortstop for most of this season in Triple-A. "I'm just happy we could come up here and show the world what we can do."