3) NY Mets reliever Drew Smith stepped up late in both wins
Drew Smith had a bit of an uneven start to his season. Heading into the Dodgers series, Smith had allowed two runs in 6.1 innings pitched which is solid, but he had allowed five hits while also walking five in those innings.
With Edwin Diaz out, Smith moved up in the Mets depth chart as the third-best right-hander in the 'pen. With the Mets needing to use their bullpen a ton in the early going, Smith has been a vital piece.
Smith showed his value in the first game of the series when he entered in a tight spot. With the Mets in front 8-6 in the bottom of the eighth, he inherited runners on second and third with two outs. A hit ties the game, an out gives the Mets a path to victory.
Smith threw four straight fastballs against Miguel Vargas and struck him out to end the inning. The Mets would go on to win the game with that 8-6 score.
In the finale of the series, Smith's number was called in the seventh inning with the Mets ahead 2-1. He got David Peralta and Luke Williams to ground out before striking out Austin Wynns to complete a perfect inning. Smith retired all four batters he faced in this series, recording two big holds in two extremely tight spots.