Don't look now, but this Toronto Blue Jays offense is looking lethal in Spring Training
While Spring Training is still young, it's difficult to not get excited about how incredible this Toronto Blue Jays offense has looked.
As a matter of fact, the entire roster has looked great, aside from a handful of pitchers who were never expected to make the Opening Day roster in the first place.
In Saturday's game, the Jays exploded on offense, topping the Detroit Tigers 18-5 while only hitting a single home run on the day. Sunday's game against the Phillies looked largely the same; this time the Jays won 16-4, winning by only 12 runs.
The Jays offense has done small ball better than anything in the early goings of Spring Training. It's a club that has been insanely aggressive on the bases and has not relied on the longball, something teams of the Jays past have been guilty of.
In Sunday's contest against the Phillies, a lot of regular got the start; including George Springer, Bo Bichette, Daulton Varsho, Matt Chapman, Danny Jansen and Santiago Espinal.
Each of these players contributed to the game in a big way. Springer went one-for-four with an RBI, Bichette was two-for-three with two runs scored and one driven in. Varsho was two-for-three with a run scored, one driven in and a stolen base. Chapman was two-for-three with an RBI. Espinal stole two of his own bases. You get the point.
Infield prospect Orelvis Martinez, in at third base to replace Chapman, hit the lone home run of the day while Chapman, Zach Britton, Varsho, Wynton Bernard and Otto Lopez all hit doubles.
On the mound, José Berríos got the start, giving up five hits and two earned runs while walking one and striking out two.
Following him, Chris Bassitt, Zach Thompson, Anthony Bass and Erik Swanson finished out the game nicely, with only Bassitt allowing any earned runs (two in three innings).
Yes, it's still early in Spring Training. However, this Jays offense is looking like the real deal. The best part of this whole thing is the fact that some of the younger guys are the ones stepping up and contributing in a big way.