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Monday, March 30, 2020

‘I’m sorry neighbors’: Rangers’ Joey Gallo turns home into indoor batting cage during MLB’s hiatus

It’s a problem for many across North Texas. What is everyone supposed to do with all of their extra time around the house as the state attempts to slow the spread of the coronavirus?

Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo found a pretty productive answer.

After Major League Baseball put spring training as well as its season on hold due to COVID-19, players became unable to use team facilities to stay ready for if or when the 2020 season actually begins.

In light of those circumstances, Gallo decided to turn his Dallas home into his own personal batting cage.

Could be worse- the neighbors upstairs appear to have taken up either clog dancing or furniture throwing, and I’m not sure which is more alarming…..

 

 

QLE Posted: March 30, 2020 at 01:13 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: batting, joey gallo

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Joey Gallo Swung Less, Except When it Was Good to Swing More

Joey Gallo cracked the code in 2019. He recorded his highest major league wRC+ (by far), his highest WAR total (in only half a season!), his highest walk rate, and his highest isolated power. Before fracturing his wrist in July, he looked like a second-tier MVP candidate. It was a clear step forward for a player who was already an above-average major leaguer.

It wasn’t all cotton candy and lollipops. His strikeout rate ticked up, from a yikes-gross-cover-your-eyes 35.9% to a seek-shelter-this-is-not-a-drill 38.4%. Gallo struck out nearly as many times, in under 300 plate appearances, as Michael Brantley has in nearly 1200 PA over the last two years. But despite the eye-popping strikeout rate, the overall package made Gallo one of the most fearsome hitters in baseball.

What did Gallo change to turbo-boost his game? He started swinging less. That’s not all he did, but it’s a lot of it. And for someone like Gallo, that makes a ton of sense. He has what Eric and Kiley call a grooved swing — his swing rides a consistent path, which makes it hard to adjust to pitches away from his preferred target area, and given how much damage he does when he connects, pitchers are doing their utmost to avoid that target area.

To wit: in 2019, 39.9% of the pitches Gallo saw were in the strike zone, a rate that would have been 30th-lowest in baseball if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. In 2018, it was even more severe; his 38.1% zone rate was fifth-lowest in baseball. In 2017, his 36.1% zone rate was the lowest in the majors.

So, when does he switch from swing to bop?

 

QLE Posted: February 01, 2020 at 01:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
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