RP - ATL
Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Marlins Sunday, striking one batter out while earning his 12th save of the year.
Smith has been very effective in the closer's role this year when he has had the chance to close, with the team's sub .500 record. His job is secure as long as he keeps producing good results, while Chris Martin waits in the wings if needed.
Will Smith pitched the ninth inning or 2/3 of it, allowing one hit, two runs (both earned), and one walk while striking out one batter. He fell victim to a walk-off two-run homer that resulted in his 5th loss and first blown save of the season.
Smith has been consistently good his last few outings and tonight is probably not going to change any bullpen duties for the Braves. Manager Brian Snitker is one who likes to get the pitchers back on the mound after a disappointing outing.
Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Dodgers Sunday, allowing a solo shot from Albert Pujols while striking another batter out. He preserved the lead, earning his 11th save of the season.
Since allowing 4 runs in 1/3 of an inning vs. Toronto on May 22, Braves closer Will Smith has 15 strikeouts w/ no walks in 8 2/3 innings over past 9 appearances. 2 of his 3 runs in that stretch came on solo homers inc. todays by Pujols, only the 3rd hit off Smith in his past 6 outings.
Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Dodgers Saturday, striking out all three batters he faced and preserving the Braves 6-4 win. It was his 10th save of the year.
The Braves seem content to give Smith the ball in the ninth, allowing Chris Martin to serve as the setup man. That could change of course but why fix something that's not broken?
Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Nationals Monday, recorded one strikeout, and earned his ninth save.
Smith has not blown any saves thus far so manager Snitker is probably content to keep riding him until he feels confident in Chris Martin. Both will see save opportunities this season, no doubt about that.