After a rough September, Will Smith finished strong in San Francisco to cap off his 2019 rookie campaign. Over the first 14 games of the month, Smith was hitting .106 with a .374 OPS, but he found his swing at the very end.
Over the weekend versus the Giants, Smith hit .500 with a home run and five runs driven in. He also reached base six times in his nine plate appearances.
Smith came up clutch on Friday, as he singled in two runs with the bases loaded to give the Dodgers the five-run lead. He then brought in two on Sunday courtesy of a home run, his 15th and final long-ball of the season.
Would you say this is a good start for #Game162? pic.twitter.com/WmTrrGQgqV— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 29, 2019
Smith finishes the season with 15 home runs and 42 RBI, while having an OPS of .907. He’s the first catcher to finish a debut season with those numbers since Bill Salkeld of the Pirates in 1945. His hot season likely has earned him a starting position in the upcoming postseason.