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LHP Caleb Smith earned the win on Thursday when he allowed one unearned run on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in the D-Backs' 12-3 win over the Padres.
Smith had a rough July and August working as a starter so he was moved back into the bullpen and worked as the bulk reliever on Thursday. Matt Peacock worked as the opener, lasting 1 1/3 innings before Smith took over. He only allowed one unearned run and punched out five over his 5 1/3 inning of work. He was able to secure the win as well thanks to all the run support he received. The 30-year-old southpaw now owns a 5.17 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 106:54 K/BB ratio over 92 1/3 innings (32 appearances, 13 starts). It's unclear if he'll make a start in his next appearance or work out of the pen.
LHP Caleb Smith took a no-decision on Friday when he allowed five earned runs on three hits with six walks and two strikeouts over 1 1/3 innings in the D-Backs 8-5 win over the Padres.
This was a start to forget for Smith. He walked a season-high six batters and allowed five runs in just over an inning of work. He's been trending in the wrong direction for quite some time and now owns a 5.48 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over 87 innings this year. He'll square off against these same Padres in his next start but needs to be avoided at all costs in fantasy.
LHP Caleb Smith took the loss on Sunday when he allowed five earned runs on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings in a 13-0 loss to the Dodgers.
This was a forgettable day for Smith and the D-Backs as they were blanked by Los Angeles. He issued a whopping five walks over his one-plus innings pitched and allowed all five runs in the second frame. The poor outing raised Smith's ERA to 5.04 with a 1.39 WHIP and a 99:47 K/BB ratio over 85 2/3 innings (30 appearances, 12 starts). He'll get the Padres on the road in his next start and should be avoided for fantasy purposes.
LHP Caleb Smith took the loss on Sunday when he surrendered five runs on three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts over six innings in the D-Backs' 5-1 loss to the Cubs.
Smith was victimized by the long ball on Sunday, coughing up three homers. Kris Bryant (two-run) and Anthony Rizzo went back-to-back in the first inning before David Bote cracked a two-run shot of his own in the bottom of the fourth. Smith didn't help himself with three free passes but punched out eight, which tied a season-high. He now owns a lackluster 4.61 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 96:42 K/BB ratio over 84 innings (29 appearances, 11 starts). He'll get the Dodgers at home in his next start but isn't a recommended fantasy option.
LHP Caleb Smith picked up his third win of the season on Monday when he surrendered two runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in the D-Backs' 4-2 win over the Pirates.
This was a massive bounce-back spot for Smith, who had surrendered a whopping 14 earned runs over his last two starts (seven innings). He was locked in on Monday and didn't allow a run until the top of the seventh inning when he allowed a pair of RBI singles to Ke'Bryan Hayes and Bryan Reynolds. He was pulled at 6 2/3 innings but the Arizona bullpen was able to hold on and give Smith the win. He now owns a 4.38 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 88:39 K/BB ratio over 78 innings (28 appearances, 10 starts) on the season. He'll look to build on this in his next start against the Cubs this weekend.