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.
Death, taxes, and Orelvis Martinez (@OrelvisMartine3) hitting nukes of the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training.
Martinez (21) has more power than Vladimir Guerrero Jr. did at the same age. Just saying.#BlueJays pic.twitter.com/KMEyW9qubl
— Brennan Delaney (@Brennan_L_D) March 5, 2023
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.
Here’s José Berríos (@JOLaMaKina)’s ACTUAL strikeout and whiff edit. …
Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation