Mets @ Dodgers May 28, 2019: Welcome to the bigs, Will Smith

The pitchers’ duel that kinda was and wasn’t last night leads to a matchup between two lefties in Steven Matz and Rich Hill.

Mets
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
SS
Rosario
CF
Hernandez
LF
Davis
3B
Turner
RF
Conforto
1B
Freese
1B
Alonso
RF
Bellinger
C
Ramos
LF
Taylor
3B
Frazier
2B
Muncy
CF
Gomez SS Seager
2B
Hechavarria
C
Smith
P
Matz (L)
P
Hill (L)

With a lefty on the mound, we won’t see guys like Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo to start this game, but I’m sure they’ll be in at some point.

But the talk of the Dodgers, the National League and baseball, really, has been Cody Bellinger. He is playing at a different level this season, and he’s getting some notice.

Babe Ruth, eh? I’d say that’s pretty good company.

But tonight’s biggest storyline is the debut of Dodgers’ prospect Will Smith. He was promoted to the MLB roster yesterday and is making his MLB debut tonight. Just last week I wrote that his improvement at the plate could force the Dodgers to bring him up sooner than most expected. Austin Barnes‘ groin injury sped up that timeline, even from what I might have expected.

What you’re going to get is a plus-defensive catcher who has a strong arm, is a good receiver/framer and could be the Dodgers’ future behind the plate. He doesn’t do anything at an elite level presently, but he projects to be an above-average catcher who has good bat control, decent strike zone judgment and good pop.

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Here’s a little news:

Tony Cingrani‘s rehab from a sore shoulder hasn’t gone particularly well. At this point, it might be best for the Dodgers to not expect much from him this season. They’ll surely grab a left-handed reliever or two before the July 31 trade deadline.

Nineteen pitches to get five outs is pretty efficient. Here’s hoping the Dodgers score enough runs tonight so that they won’t have to use Jansen.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.