Dominic Smith gave the Mets a loud response Sunday about which position players should leave with MLB rosters that are about to shrink to 26.
Answer: Someone not named Dominic Smith.
The previously collapsing first baseman was right in the middle that night, helping the Mets win their seventh straight series to start the season (and extend a franchise record) with a 10-6 win over the Phillies at the Citi fields.
Smith went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, a night before general manager Billy Eppler will rule on two roster deductions. Smith, who still has minor league options, could be a contender for a demotion to Triple-A Syracuse, but there’s also the question of overpowering Robinson Cano.
Cano owns a .195/.233/.268 slash with a homer and three RBIs in 43 plate appearances since returning from a PED suspension that cost him all of 2021.
The Mets still owe the 39-year-old second baseman $37 million on a contract that runs through next season.
“I wouldn’t be happy,” Francisco Lindor said before the game when asked about the possibility of Cano being sacked. “I don’t want that to happen. He’s a good teammate, a good person and obviously he has a great track record and we all know what he’s capable of. I don’t care how old he is, the spirit is still fresh and he can still punch.”
Lindor was asked what he saw of Cano, who has started just once in the Mets’ last five games. Cano was a part-time player, rotating between second base and DH.
“The inconsistency comes because he’s not there every day,” Lindor said. “He’s been a guy his whole career and he’s in a new role. He didn’t act last year and he’s in a new role now, so that’s what’s happening. He really hasn’t adjusted to his new role.”
Travis Jankowski has emerged as a dependable backup outfielder that Buck Showalter and Eppler like and is left with minor league options. If the Mets selected him for a deployment, he would have to file waivers before he could return to the organization.
Smith competed with a .167/.295/.194 slash and almost doubled his total hits in one night (he competed at six). Jeff McNeil joined Smith with a breakout, going 4-for-5 with an RBI.
Smith’s two-run single in the fifth marked an inning in which the Mets scored three goals to take a 6-3 lead. After McNeil Lindor doubled into third, Pete Alonso was deliberately run to load bases, and reliever Jose Alvarado crossed over catcher JT Realmuto, resulting in a pass ball for a run. Smith followed with his third hit of the game, giving him three RBIs.
In the sixth, Smith delivered a single for his fourth goal of the game. Starling Marte followed with a two-run single that extended the lead to 9-4.
In the fourth, Smith stroked an RBI double that tied it 3-3 after Eduardo Escobar’s leadoff single. Luis Guillorme’s double over Odubel Herrera’s head at center had given the Mets a 2-1 lead in the second game against Zach Eflin after picking Martes RBI fielder.
Max Scherzer opened the game with five straight strikeouts (a first in his career) but was blitzed off the long ball and gave up three homers over six innings, giving up a season-high four earned runs.
Kyle Schwarber’s second blast of the game, a two-run, two-out homer in the fourth, put the Mets in a 3-2 hole. Realmuto pulled a two-out walk before Schwarber cleared the fence at right center for his 12th homer against the Mets since the start of last season.
Two innings earlier, Schwarber ended Scherzer’s streak of five strikeouts to start the game with a shot over the right fence. Schwarber also hit a homer on Adam Ottavino on Saturday night to put the Phillies ahead in the seventh inning.
Bryce Harper jumped on a 0-2 cutter by Scherzer for a solo homer in the sixth inning that drew the Phillies to 6-4.
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