Two former Rangers had bad nights for the Yankees.
Joey Gallo went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Rougned Odor went 0-2 with a strikeout.
Neither had endeared themselves to Yankees fans. Although, Yankees fans are a fickle bunch and tend to throw their players onto the scrap head much quicker than other fans.
But both Gallo and Odor had bad years. Odor played his entire year for the Yankees. He batted .202, had a dismal on-base percentage of .286, and an OPS of just .665. Frankly, it was a surprise that he was included onto the wild card game roster.
Gallo, since coming to the Yankees at the trade deadline, was actually worse than Odor. In fifty-eight games he batted just .160, with an unremarkable .303 OBP and a pitiful .707 OPS. His three-outcome game was missing one key outcome, the walk.
Gallo struckout in the first with a runner on first. He flew out in the fourth. Popped up in the sixth. And flew out in the ninth.
Batting fourth, he was never a threat.
It’s sad to see such a beloved player with the Rangers move on to the Yankees and become one of their most vilified players. Fan reaction after the game toward Gallo was ugly.
The press hasn’t been much kinder, this from the New York Post: “The acquisition cost for Gallo and lefty reliever Joely Rodriguez factored in the reality that the Yankees can control Gallo through next season. At this juncture, though, that feels as much like a curse as a blessing.”
Unless they trade him, Gallo will be a Yankee next season, in his walk year. He has a lot of stat rehabilitation to go in pinstripes if he want to find that lucrative contract he demanded with the Rangers.
Odor also has one more year on his contract. The Rangers are paying most of his 2022 wages, so New York could conceivably keep him around as a utility player, but why would they?
If both are back with the Yankees next year, expect a short fuse from the Yankee fan base. Gallo’s problems are always in his head. The fans wrath will not help his cause.
And with that, the Yankees bow out of the playoffs, losing 6-2 to the Red Sox.