After making his Red Sox spring training debut on Wednesday, JD Martinez collected his first hit and first hit as a member of the Red Sox in his first at bat on Thursday. In a 1-1 count, Martinez took Rays starter Chris Archer to the opposite field. In all honesty, it looked like the right fielder, Jason Coats, should have came up with the catch, but his timing was off, and the ball got behind him. That allowed Mookie Betts, who also collected his first spring training hit today, to score all the way from first, giving the Red Sox their first run of the game. Martinez would go on to have a perfect day at the plate, reaching base in all three of his at bats before being pinch hit for in the seventh inning.
It’s a small sample size, but I think we saw some things with JD Martinez in today’s game that will regularly happen throughout this upcoming season. First, there’s his ability to hit to the opposite field. Second, his ability to drive in runs at a tremendous rate. Third, the amount of times we’re going to see Martinez drive in Mookie Betts this season. His spring training debut went fairly unnoticed (0-2), but I thought he deserved some recognition after his performance at the plate today.
Also, seeing JD in a Red Sox uniform on television for the first time made me feel some feelings.