The New York Mets are currently the top team in the National League, and after defeating the Marlins on Saturday afternoon 3-2, they now own a 44-23 record, sitting 21 games over .500.
The team is enjoying arguably more success now than it has in the past 30 years, as things are coming together nicely in terms of both pitching and offensive production.
Despite this, as things currently stand, the Mets do still have a few holes in the roster, as several starting pitchers are out due to injury, and the team doesn't have a particularly deep bench offensively.
Dominic Smith's hot bat with Triple-A Syracuse may be the Mets' solution to their unproductive bench.
Since being demoted to Triple-A Syracuse on May 31 after struggling in the major leagues to begin the year, Dominic Smith has been one of the Syracuse Mets' hottest hitters.
At the time of his demotion, Smith had played in a grand total of 39 games with New York, over which he had 86 at-bats, in which he hit well below the Mendoza Line with a .186 average with a .287 OBP.
He did manage to drive in 14 RBI, but did not hit a single home run while with the major league club. In fact, Smith was experiencing a bit of a "home run drought", as the last one he hit was on July 21st of 2021.
Since being sent down to Triple-A, Dominic's fortunes have appeared to have changed at the plate, as he is producing as a much higher level offensively.
At the time of writing, since joining Syracuse, Dominic Smith has appeared in 14 games for the club, over which, he as logged a .283 batting average and .358 OBP.
In addition to that, he has also recorded 2 home runs and logged 10 RBI, including the go-ahead run in the 10th inning of Saturday Nights' game against the Norfolk Tides.
While 14 games is a small sample size, Dominic Smith has clearly made the most of his time in Syracuse so far, and if he continues to hit a his current rate, hopefully he can make a return to Queens and be a contributing member of the team sooner rather than later.