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Mets Predictions: 3 players set for a career year in 2021 update

Sep 11, 2020; Buffalo, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (2) celebrates with Mets designated hitter Pete Alonso (20) and Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a grand slam home run during the fourth inning at Sahlen Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2020; Buffalo, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (2) celebrates with Mets designated hitter Pete Alonso (20) and Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a grand slam home run during the fourth inning at Sahlen Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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May 12, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (2) hits an RBI single during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Dominic Smith still has time to turn things around and make this a perfect three for three

My final Mets player I predicted to have a career year in 2021 was Dominic Smith. He’s coming off the best season of his life. I believed he could do even more with extra at-bats and playing time.

After his first 29 games played, Smith has finally gotten his batting average up to .250. To go along with a .295 OBP and .356 slugging percentage, it’s safe to say things haven’t exactly gone his way.

Smith hasn’t been an absolute bust this year. He does have 14 RBI, second to only Pete Alonso on the team. His dip in power does have me a little concerned. Smith was a doubles machine last year and showed continued growth with the home run ball. He has only a pair of home runs this season and only recently picked up his fifth double of the year.

In a year with many Mets hitters struggling and players all across the league following suit, it’s hard to rip Smith down too badly. Pitching is dominating the league this season so to see Smith underperform in the early going comes as no surprise.

I just hope what we saw last year wasn’t merely fool’s gold. What if Smith was one of those players from 2020 that only ended the year with such awesome numbers because he didn’t have time to go through some heartaches?

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I’ll stick with these three Mets to eventually put together career years in 2021. All have the potential to do it. And by the looks of it, they could have some company down the line.

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