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Smith had a rough 2020 season, losing several weeks to a bout with COVID-19 and being far less effective than usual when he did pitch. His dominant slider just wasn't the same, as batters hit .263 (after never hitting better than .193) and tallied a .398 wOBA (after never totaling higher than .282) against it. But Brian Snitker appears to be willing to throw out Smith's poor season almost entirely. Although he hasn't named Smith the closer, he has professed his confidence in him, and there's been speculation from beat writers that Smith will ultimately win the role after a battle with Chris Martin and A.J. Minter. Draft Smith as the presumptive closer unless you hear otherwise from Braves camp.
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Will Smith: Braves might use 2-3 guys to close
Braves manager Brian Snitker says the team might use 2-3 guys to close, but also said he has "every confidence in the world" that Will Smith could do it if needed.
Smith was used in more of a setup role last year with Mark Melancon operating as the team's go-to closer. The lefty Smith was an All-Star closer for the Giants in 2019, however, so he certainly has experience. Chris Martin and A.J. Minter could garner save chances as well, which makes this a battle to watch in spring training.
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|Sun, Sep 27||vs. BOS||-||L||1.0||1||1||1||1||0||2||9.00||1.00|
|Fri, Sep 25||vs. BOS||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.00||0.00|
|Mon, Sep 21||vs. MIA||-||HLD||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00||3.00|
|Sun, Sep 20||@ NYM||-||HLD||1.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.00|
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|Thu, Apr 1st||@ PHI||3:05pm|
|Sat, Apr 3rd||@ PHI||4:05pm|
|Sun, Apr 4th||@ PHI||1:05pm|
|Mon, Apr 5th||@ WSH||4:05pm|