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The Loss of Josh Smoker Creates a Hole in the Bullpen

After designating Josh Smoker for assignment, the Mets traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this week. The decision to remove him from the 40-man roster and then subsequently trade him was mind-boggling. While it’s true that the Mets farm system has a lot of talented relievers currently developing in the minor leagues, Smoker was the only left-handed MLB-ready option, and...
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17 days ago

Hansel Robles Optioned; Smoker Recalled

According to Matt Ehalt of The Record on Twitter, Josh Smoker is with the team Tuesday and Hansel Robles has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. Smoker, 28, will rejoin the Mets after posting a 0-1 record and a 7.88 ERA in 15 games earlier this season. As for Robles, the 26-year-old was having difficulty putting together any kind of consistency, logging a 4-1 record with a 6.23 ERA.
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May 23, 2017

51s Waste Stellar Start by Smoker

Las Vegas (15-21) continued to struggle in the third game of their series against the Omaha Storm Chasers Saturday Night.  Lefty reliever Josh Smoker was pressed into service as a starter and he did not disappoint. Smoker breezed through four and two thirds innings surrendering only two hits and walking none. He struck out three. Desmond Jennings provided Vegas the lead with a home...
May 14, 2017

Breakout Prediction: Josh Smoker

Left-handed reliever Josh Smoker had an impressive 2016. Playing in a very hitter-friendly environment with the Las Vegas 51s, he pitched 57 innings, striking out 81 and walking 18 with a 4.11 ERA. That impressive 12.8 K/9 was blown away, however, when after he was called up to the Bigs, he struck out 25 batters in 15.1 innings (14.7 K/9). Smoker has the potential to have a breakout...
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January 18, 2017

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