Mets' Dominic Smith on slow offensive start, comfort in outfield, and boos for Francisco Lindor

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Dominic Smith making catch at Yankee Stadium
Dominic Smith making catch at Yankee Stadium

Dominic Smith repeated just about every sentiment given by the Mets so far about their offense: It'll be fine.

Their .272 average was the best in MLB last year -- their 57 runs scored this year are dead last.

But Smith, like many other Mets, is confident that this rough stretch will end soon.

“Baseball’s a funny game," Smith told reporters on Friday. "You go on streaks where you can hit a home run every day for a couple days in a row, and then you go on cold stretches where it seems like you can’t get an extra-base hit. ... We haven’t been able to get job done, but it’s a long year. There’s gonna be games where we face really good pitchers and we score 10 runs, 15 runs. It’s coming, it’s a long year.

"It’s not last year where it was a 60-game sprint. We still have over 100-plus games to play. I think by the end of the year, we’ll be where we’re (supposed to be) at. We have a relentless group that is gonna continuously work hard and continuously strive for excellence. All of us are hungry. We wanna score runs, we wanna help our pitchers out. Our pitchers are doing great, and we’re gonna continuously work until we help them win ball games.”

But the slow start, notably Francisco Lindor's, has upset the fans, to the point where Lindor was booed on a couple of occasions in the Mets' last homestand.

"I know we have the best fans in baseball, and they’re the most passionate fans. ... I’ve been on both spectrums. I’ve been booed in New York, and I’ve been cheered for and beloved in New York. I understand where it’s coming from. They don’t mean any harm, they just want us to win. Winning will cure everything, and I think in a couple weeks, we’ll be looking behind us," Smith said.

Smith has yet to play first base this season, but he's not bothered by it at all. Along with saying he's "blessed" and "grateful" any time he is in the lineup, he feels he is getting more comfortable in the outfield.

“I think a lot of it is just the constant in-game reps that I’ve been getting the last couple years. I feel super comfortable out there," said Smith. "Obviously, I’m still trying to work on improving my arm.

"I don’t want teams thinking they can run on me. It’s something I’m striving to get better at. As far as going back on the balls, going in on the balls, making the routine plays, I feel extremely comfortable. I don’t think twice about it, and I feel confident when I go out there and play.”