The Rays offense put together a spectacular performance in Friday night’s contest against the Toronto Blue Jays. Those who watched the game are well aware of the drama that became in the late innings, but it’s impossible to ignore what we witnessed before that.
Yesterday our own Josh Morgan wrote about the Rays elite exit velocity, and the team continued that trend in a huge way. Using Baseball Savant’s new feature called gamefeed, we can now track exit velocities (among other things) in real time. These tables are also sortable, and below are the 14 hardest hit batted balls of the game:
Kinda one-sided, isn’t it?
Whether the Rays were shooting line drive singles, sending doubles into the gap, even grounding into double plays, if it seemed like every ball the Rays hit was scorched, it’s because they all were.
Especially these two, in case you missed them:
.@austin_meadows DOES. IT. AGAIN. His second HR of the game travels to the moon! #RaysUp #MLB— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) April 12, 2019
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.@Sweet_n_Lowe5 SMOKES ONE into outer space!— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) April 12, 2019
The Rays extend their early lead over the Blue Jays 4-0!#RaysUp #MLB
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Not only did Meadows and Lowe both reach the 500 level in the same game, they did it in the same inning. And that... just does not happen:
So there had been only 20 homers into 500 level since Rogers Centre opened in 1989 as home of the #BlueJays, and only 3 to rightfield. #Rays Meadows and Lowe both did it tonight in the same inning, 4 batters apart.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 12, 2019
The show continues tonight as the rotation turns back over to Blake Snell. For the Jays, familiar face Clay Buchholz is set to make the 3:10 fist pitch. So far this season, Buchholz ranks in the bottom half in exit velocity and hard hit rate, which just might bode well for the Rays.