In 2018, Joe Smith threw 56 innings for Houston, going 5-1 with a 3.74 era. Only one playoff appearance was made by him, against the Boston Red Sox, in Game 3 of the ALCS, and it did not go well.
At 2-all, he took over for Dallas Keuchel to begin the top of the sixth, but after retiring Xander Bogaerts on a pop fly he surrendered a home run to Steve Pearce and was replaced by Tony Sipp.
When the Red Sox scored five runs in the eighth inning, he was tagged with the loss. During a workout in December, he ruptured his Achilles tendon and was out of play for six to eight months.
This year he made his first appearance of the season on July 19, pitching 28 times, going 1-0 and 1.80 in 25 innings, with an, earned run average of 0.005.
Before making his World Series debut on October 22nd against the Washington Nationals, he appeared in six games over the first two rounds of the postseason, allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings of work.
With 782 regular-season appearances under his belt prior to that, he is the active career leader in the category of players who have not been in the Fall Classic.
There were three retiring pitchers with over 1000 career games pitched who had never appeared in a World Series game, therefore it was far from the all-time record.
Is Joe Smith Married?
Joe Smith is married to Allie LaForce who works for the Turner Sports as a reporter.