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Mets Season In Review: Josh Smoker

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Aug 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Josh Smoker (59) reacts after the last out in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Josh Smoker (59) reacts after the last out in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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Role for 2017

His strikeout numbers were very impressive and he got some big outs for the Mets in 2016. An improvement against lefties will go a long way in determining his role for 2017.

It looks like Jerry Blevins will potentially be gone, and he was the best Met against lefties last year. If Smoker can improve against southpaws, the Mets can use him in that role to get important lefties out. If he does this and keeps his numbers against righties pretty good, he can possibly fit into the late inning plans.

Not only does this depend on his improvement against lefties, but who the Mets fill the bullpen with from players that are not yet on the roster.

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