RP - ATL
Will Smith blew a save and took the loss on Friday when he allowed two earned runs on one hit with a walk over 1/3 of an inning in the Braves 7-3 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS.
Smith allowed a go-ahead three-run blast off the bat of, none other than, Will Smith on a 3-2 pitch to give LA a 4-2 advantage. They would never relinquish the lead and Smith was saddled with the loss on top of the blown save. After not allowing a run over his first 5 1/3 innings this postseason, the big left-hander has given up three runs over the last 2/3 of an inning. Overall, he owns a 2-1 record with a 4.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and a 7:3 K/BB ratio over six innings of work this postseason.
Braves reliever Will Smith entered a 1-0 game in the eighth inning in Saturday's game against the Marlins and gave up a game-tying solo home run to Monte Harrison. That was the only damage he allowed, however, and he earned the win after the Braves scored what would eventually be the winning run in the top of the ninth inning.
Mark Melancon has yet to allow a run through seven appearances this season and appears to be locked in as Atlanta's closer, so Smith will likely be relegated to setup duty. He could see the occasional save opportunity on days where Melancon is unavailable.
The Braves activated Will Smith (COVID-19) off the 10-day IL.
Smith has been out all summer following a positive COVID-19 test. He signed a three-year, $39 million deal with Atlanta over the offseason and is going to serve a high-leverage role out of the bullpen this season. Mark Melancon is expected to retain closing duties.
Will Smith (COVID-19) is scheduled to make a simulated appearance on Thursday.
This comes after he faced live hitters on Monday. Smith could be activated this weekend if all goes well. He'll assume a high-leverage role in Atlanta's bullpen but Mark Melancon is expected to remain the team's closer.
Will Smith is slated to face live hitters for the first time on Monday as he prepares to be activated from the IL following a positive COVID-19 test.
Smith has yet to pitch in the regular season and was only cleared to rejoin the Braves on July 26th. He's spent the last week or so getting stretched out and is inching closer to joining the team. He's likely to start out as a setup man for current closer Mark Melancon once he returns but he'll still hold fantasy value. He's coming off a stellar 2019 when he registered a 1.03 WHIP and 4.57 K:BB ratio across 65.1 innings with the San Francisco Giants.