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Starling Marte, Wily Peralta put on a show last week

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Sometimes, you just know. And when Starling Marte hit a 2-1 fastball to deep center field, he knew.

“I feel it,” Marte said after his walk-off bat flip home run. “I don’t have to see it.”

It was just Marte’s second home run of the year, but according to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker it had a True Distance of 427 feet and would have left 27 of the 30 major league ballparks.

Starling Marte home run off Sergio Santos

Wily Peralta tossed eight scoreless innings in a 2-0 win against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out a season-high seven batters.

His fastball was working.

Wily Peralta fastball Source: @pitchergifs

As was his slider.

Wily Peralta slider Source: @pitchergifs

Peralta also doubled in the only two runs of the game, putting the game permanently out of reach for his fourth win in six starts.

Source: FanGraphs

Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.



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