Orelvis Martinez hits another nuke, José Berríos has a solid outing, and more as the Blue Jays clobber the Phillies 16-4
8 months ago
Another day, another high-scoring game for the Blue Jays!
On Sunday afternoon, the Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 16-4, the second straight 15+ run game. Unlike the game against the Detroit Tigers, this one was televised, meaning that this article will have clips, yay!
Let’s look at the player of the game.
Blue Jays Nation’s player of the game: Orelvis Martinez
Anytime a player hits a home run that doesn’t have a distance tracked by Baseball Savant’s statcast, you know he got a hold of it.
Last spring training, the 21-year-old hit two homers against the Phillies, including one against Aaron Nola. Well on Sunday afternoon, he hit another one, this one coming off of Matt Seelinger.
Per Savant, the ball had an exit velocity of 104.6 mph, which surprisingly only ranked ninth for hardest-hit balls in the game.
It’s likely that Martinez will start his 2023 with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, but if he can show that he’s improved, he may be fast-tracked to Triple-A Buffalo.
Things worth mentioning:
José Berríos made his second start against the Phillies, allowing two runs, walking a batter, and striking out a pair in his three innings of work. He overcame adversity after an early home run, as he settled down and pitched quite well. His stuff is absolutely nasty, and he had seven whiffs, finishing only behind Zack Wheeler’s eight whiffs.
Daulton Varsho had his first extra-base hit as a Blue Jay, and his first multi-hit game in spring training. He had the third-highest exit velocity of the game, with his double clocking in at 105.7 mph. He also made a nice catch in left field.
Chris Bassitt also made his second appearance of the spring, allowing three hits, two earned runs, walking a batter, and striking out three. Bassitt’s fastball only sat at 88.4 mph and touched just 91.4 mph today, but that’s by design according to the broadcast.
Bo Bichette is in his September form already, as he had two hits in three plate appearances, where he also drove in a run. Hopefully he can stay consistent throughout the season as a 120 wRC+ hitter. He and Santiago Espinal also connected on quite a few impressive plays on the infield.
Erik Swanson and Anthony Bass finished the last two innings, with the latter pitching an inning and striking out a batter, while the former allowed a walk and a hit, but struck out a batter and got a double play. It’s safe to assume that these two relievers will be used in high-leverage situations.
The Blue Jays had a slew of batters who had two hits. They are: Otto López (2-3, 3 RBI), Daulton Varsho (2-3, 1 RBI), Bo Bichette (2-3, 1 RBI), Matt Chapman (2-3, 1 RBI), Santiago Espinal (2-3, 1 RBI), and Leo Jimenez (2-2). As it stands, Cavan Biggio, López, and Espinal lead the Blue Jays in spring training hits with seven. Spencer Horwitz and Kevin Kiermaier sit on five hits a piece.
The Blue Jays have the day off on Monday but return to action on Tuesday, which will be on MLB.tv. Their next off-day will be on March 21st, which will be their last before opening day-eve..
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