Gallo. 70 comments


 

Chris Davis is coming to town.

The Longview, Texas, native arrived with the Rangers with a bang. In 2008, he hit 17 home runs in just 80 games, batting .285.

His future looked bright.

Except for one thing. He struck out. A lot.

In 2009, he hit 29 home runs. But that led to just 59 RBIs. And his batting average was a very uninspiring .238.

He was mostly hurt in the Rangers first ever World Series year of 2010, hitting just one home run, batting .192.

The Rangers traded him mid-season 2011. It really looked lopsided the next few seasons when Chris Davis hit 33, then 53, then 26, then 47 home runs. Twice leading the American League in homers.

And twice leading the league in strike outs.

But, the last two seasons his career has been in decline. And this season, he is on pace for the worst offensive season by any hitter in major league history. That’s taking into account Rougned Odor’s 2017 season.

He comes into this four-game series in Arlington batting .157, with an on-base percentage of .242. He is widely considered worthless, and an albatross of a contract.

Even though the Rangers traded Chris Davis, they may have gotten him back, reincarnated as Joey Gallo.

It will be curious to see how Gallo develops, and if he ever rises to the level Chris Davis did for number of years with Baltimore, where he was a legitimate threat in the lineup.

They are both similar hitters. Davis hit for a bit more average. But that’s only because Gallo is hitting .196 for his career.

Gallo needs to heed the Chris Davis cautionary tale.  Once a one-trick pony forgets how to perform his one trick, he isn’t much use.

Learn another trick.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Andrew Cashner (3-9, 4.33) vs. Yovani Gallardo (5-1, 6.26)
Game time: 7:05

How the Orioles hit against Gallardo.
How the Rangers hit against Cashner.

 

 

  • Nathan Whitten

    You said it well, Kevin. I had already started thinking of the comparison. I am familiar with Davis as I live out in the woods, but woods that are close to Longview. I read about his progress to MLB in the Longview paper. Until late last year, the paper kept up with his stats. As they got worse and worse, the paper mercifully took out the tracking of his stats.
    If Gallo does not learn to go with the pitch and hit to the opposite field, his fate will be the same–without ever hitting 53 or 47 HR. The guy is not stupid, at least I hope he isn’t. But some hitting coach has to get in his head and teach him not to pull everything thrown to him. If not, the Rangers will have another player like Davis. Let’s hope not.

  • Nathan Whitten

    Kevin, I read the article in the DMN today regarding closers. I am sure that you did, too. It made me rethink my issue about Kela–to some extent. LeClerc is more valuable than Kela. Trading him would have irked me more than trading Kela. Also, it’s not trading Kela that bothers me so much as how little they got for him. A Class A pitcher is usually a long way from MLB and the probability of one even making it to the bigs is quite low. I know you have to have 10 to get 2, but I felt that Kela was worth a SP much closer to helping the team, if not one that could help them now. That last one may be a reach.
    Thanks for explaining your reasoning to me. I really think you do a great job of interpreting what goes on with the Rangers.

    • dearmidol

      Yes, Nathan, I did read it. I’ll have to dig up and article I wrote about it as well.

    • JacobMcCandles

      IMO Kela is better than Leclerc, especially for the closer role

      We won’t know for awhile how good the trades are…nature of the beast

      • azrangerfan

        I must agree Jake. Kela may or may not turn out to be a great bullpen piece but Leclerc will never be as good as Kela. Just my opinion.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Hope agreeing wasn’t too tough!! 😄🍺😎

  • Tony Howell

    I see were Hamals pitched 5 innings of 3 hit baseball last night with only 2 walks and no era. What a difference a change makes.

    • elkaba

      Hawthorne effect in action…

      • JacobMcCandles

        Hawthorne gets my vote for the worst author ever!! Lol

        • elkaba

          Wrong Hawthorne.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Lol
            …thanks elk….perfectly aware

          • elkaba

            🙂

    • Gregor_S

      If he keeps this up it will be another red flag to any free agent pitcher thinking of signing with the Rangers. Which is another reason you’d think JD would want to get rid of Banny and Brocail. Nothing seems to be enough though.

  • elkaba

    Something about the Rangers just makes them gravitate to these “one trick ponies.” Don’t know what it is. Maybe the ballpark? Maybe the lingering memory of a hitter’s park? Maybe forgetting they changed that? Who knows.

    Right now what they need is guys who hit for average… consistently. There’s no upside to bankrolling speedy players of little use on defense or offense, unless they can get on base. There’s no upside to hoarding long ball hitters if the guys in front of them don’t get on base ahead of them, no matter how speedy they are.

    • Gregor_S

      Remember how the 2014-15 Royals won with guys who hit for average, not power, and with speed (Cain, Dyson, their middle infielders, and some sprinter they brought up just for the postseason)? Baseball being a copycat business, for awhile it looked like other teams would try to model themselves after the Royals. But then they juiced the ball and it became a game of HRs and Ks.

      I know the ball wasn’t juiced in 2014 because that was the year Nellie Cruz led the majors with 40 HRs. I’m sure at least 20 players will top that this year, and there will probably be some with 50.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Averages way down Strikeouts up….”juiced ball” Hmmmm

        • Gregor_S

          It’s definitely juiced — HR numbers and distances prove that. Why are averages down and Ks up? Maybe they’ve made the ball smaller to help make it harder. Maybe hitters, knowing the ball is juiced, are swinging for the fences all the time.

          Averages are also affected somewhat by the shifts, but I don’t think it’s that much. When they give stats on how many hits are prevented vs. allowed by shifts, the difference is usually small.

          • Gregor_S

            Thought I’d provide a brief history of juiced baseballs as i see it. Underlying theme: the owners always seem to think more fans will come if there are more HRs.

            1. After the 1919 Black Sox scandal, owners were worried fans would stay away. So they juiced the ball in 1920, Ruth hit 54 HRs, and the lively ball era began. (As far as I know, owners have never admitted juicing the ball then or at any other time.)

            2. After the Depression began in 1929, owners were again worried fans would stay away. And attendance did drop. So they juiced the ball even more in 1930. Hack Wilson hit 56 HRs, hitting in general exploded, and it all got so out of hand that they dejuiced the ball the next year.

            3. The ball was pretty stable for a long time. But after the baseball strike of 1994 caused the cancellation of the WS, and the lockout of early 1995 further turned off the fans, the owners again worried that attendance would drop. So they did the usual: they juiced the ball, and HRs exploded. I still remember watching the pregame of the first Fox Saturday telecast in 1995 where they compared a 1994 and 1995 ball by hitting them and found the 1995 ball went 10% farther.

            4. Around the same time, the players, with the owners’ unspoken approval, started using roids. After a few years, word of this became public, the owners pretended to be shocked, shocked, and blamed the HR explosion entirely on roids and the players.

            5. To restore public confidence that roids had been eliminated, the owners dejuiced the ball, and HR totals went down. But around mid-2015, the owners decided (after Nellie had led MLB with 40) that enough time had passed to convince the public that roids were gone and juiced the ball again, with the results we see.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Grassy knolls

          • Gregor_S

            You don’t think owners can collude? They were convicted of collusion on player salaries in the 1980s. Or do you think they can’t juice the baseball? Is the baseball today the same as it was in 1915 in the deadball era?

            The owners are a small group of people who meet or talk all the time, and can also coordinate via the commissioner, whom they elect. They agree on things all the time.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Way to far fetched

          • JacobMcCandles

            Suggest you look at teams and all the players avgs…might be surprised

  • Tony Howell

    Rangers have hit the bottom of the barrel we now have the great Chris Tillman. He was cut by the worst team in baseball Orioles. Really makes no sense to me.

    • dearmidol

      Tillman is the new Matt Moore. All he does is give them innings.

  • GoRangers23

    This is Rangers Most Likely with Emily, and Martin Perez.

    https://twitter.com/rangers/status/1025063925681987584?s=21

  • GoRangers23

    This is Rapid Fire with Emily and ABD.

    https://twitter.com/rangers/status/1024807107592433669?s=21

  • TD30
  • GoRangers23
  • Rowdy Yates

    Rangers have 16 of their 26 games at home this month. So, even though their home record sucks I’m going out on a creaky limb and predicting the Rangers have their 1st .500 or better month of this year.

    • dearmidol

      Weren’t they over .500 in June?

      • Rowdy Yates

        Wow … had a 7 game win streak while I was in Romania. Guess I shoulda stayed there. From the schedule looks to me like they were 14-11. So, I amend the above to….”2nd .500 or better month of the yr.”

        • JacobMcCandles

          You see Dracula

          • Rowdy Yates

            Yep … cool castle. Transylvania is beautiful country.

          • JacobMcCandles

            You ever been to the cliffs over Normandy

          • Rowdy Yates

            Did a D-Day tour with a career military buddy 5 yrs ago. Our group waded in to the beach at Normandy with the tide coming in on morning of June 6th and then over to Pointe du Hoc where the Rangers went up the cliffs. Spent 4 days in the area. Wonderful trip.

  • dearmidol

    I’m in a bar in Brooklyn watching Red Sox-Yankees on TV and following the Rangers game on my phone.

  • GoRangers23

    This is a little late, but Way To GO Profar!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Odor got pitched around.

  • GoRangers23

    Beltre looks like he is so happy and relaxed now.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I would like to be selfish and see him finish his career as a Ranger,,,,,,,but I respect him so much would rather see him pursue a ring

      • GoRangers23

        Yep, I think we all feel that way, but in the end, I am glad he is staying. If he somehow gets a chance to go to a winning team, I will be sad, but happy for him.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Good time for another homer!

  • WhoKnowscs

    What a difference playing the worst team in the majors makes.

  • Rowdy Yates

    I’m betting JD’s on the phone right now trying to re-acquire Cashner.

    • WhoKnowscs

      But how will he ever clear waivers!

  • Gregor_S

    Have to give JD props for passing on re-signing both starters tonight. He didn’t re-sign Cashner, and he didn’t re-sign Gallardo in 2016. He seems to have made a good move in signing Gallardo recently but Yovani was pretty bad in 2016 and 2017.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Even with the lead I bet Bani doesn’t let Gallardo go over 6 innings.

      • Gregor_S

        Yup. Then it’ll be up to our mostly new middle relievers. This game may not be over yet.

        • WhoKnowscs

          If Banny finds a way to ________ this up then I hope that can him before tomorrow. And take Slumpy(Brocall) with him.

  • WhoKnowscs

    They were just talking on the news before the game that Papa John’s had comeback with their promo for half off when the Rangers score 7. Lo’ and behold the Rangers have taken care of that in the 2nd.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers are on pace to get to their record!!!! Keep it up!!!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Score 30+ please!

  • WhoKnowscs

    When I turned on the Rangers game it was 4-2 Yankees over Red Sox. Now its 10-4 Red Sox.keep it up BoSox!

    • GoRangers23

      I hear that!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Poor Colon . . . he was 2 days off a likely win.

    • Gregor_S

      He’ll win the last game of the season.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Jakes scouting service 6 in a row Rangers over 11…….football under 35

  • JacobMcCandles

    Odor 4 walks…..Choo is a odd player…OBA is darn good, walks a lot…..but strikes out a a ton

  • GoRangers23

    Man, we are creaming them……I just realized that my choice of words is probably due to the fact that I have now made my FIFTH cake recipe trying to find a good, moist, homemade from scratch cake for my parents anniversary. It is driving my nuts!! I have cake on the brain.

    • TD30

      What kind of cake? I have a good chocolate sheet cake recipe that is good.

      • GoRangers23

        I have tried three vanilla cake recipes and two coconut cake recipes. None of them are what I wanted. The first two were made using boxed cake mix, and then you add ingredients to make it taste homemade. That saying about adding lipstick to a pig comes to mind. 😄. The third one was a scratch vanilla cake, but it tasted more like a muffin. The fourth one was a coconut cake from scratch and it tasted more like a muffin. The fifth one was a coconut cake and it was too dry. I am now going to try lemon cake with raspberry filling. Fingers crossed. I will work on that tomorrow, around getting son number two to his first day on his first job.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Gallardo may be done.

  • WhoKnowscs

    OK Guys cut this out.

  • GoRangers23

    Great catch Joey!

  • Nathan Whitten

    They are acting like they Rangers have won. It hasn’t been a week since they blew this big of a lead. If Gallo had not made that catch–it would be a 6 run lead.

  • WhoKnowscs

    halfway to 30(The record for most runs by one team – set by the Rangers . . . vs the Orioles.)

  • GoRangers23

    I really feel sorry for the Orioles. It’s awful when this happens to a team.

    • TD30

      I feel bad for them, but not as bad as I feel when someone does it to us!

      • GoRangers23

        That is very true!

  • Nathan Whitten

    I just got this great idea. The Rangers have to deal with position players. This only is for pitching. It’s a very equitable way to re-stock Ranger pitching without really hurting any other team. Let them pick one pitcher from each organization this off-season, be they prospect or pro. They have to give back any that are not at least on Frisco after spring training. The Rangers would be on the hook for all contracts, good or bad. That would be a fair way to make the Rangers viable in time for opening of new ballpark. The more I think about it, the more I like it. Why didn’t someone else think of this?