Thursday, September 29 2022

On Wednesday, the New York Yankees faced the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of a three-game series. Locking in a 5-3 victory, thanks to five innings from Luis Severino, the Bombers have now improved their record to 7-5 after hitting the .500 mark just three days ago.

While Severino struggled to some degree, giving up seven hits and two walks, he only allowed one earned run, which is pretty fascinating considering how much production he has. allowed in five innings. However, despite a poor performance by Chad Green in the 6th, the bullpen locked down Detroit to finish the contest, giving up one hit in the last three innings.

The Yankees made a big decision to seat Joey Gallo:

One of the biggest decisions manager Aaron Boone made was to seat outfielder Joey Gallo, who currently has an abysmal .121 batting average this season.

There’s reason to believe Gallo is out of luck, given he’s had a 22.2% barrel rate and 50% hard hit percentage, displaying good contact but not elevating just not enough the ball. Its launch angle sits at just 11.9 degrees versus 22.7 degrees last year, showing an interesting change in fundamentals.

Still, given Gallo is hitting nearly 40 percent this year and has just four hits to his name, the Yankees felt they had to sit him down Wednesday, with Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield instead.

Stanton has played defensively in just four games this season, totaling 34.2 innings. There’s no doubt that Stanton is capable of playing in the outfield every day, but injury issues over the past few years have created a bit of caution for management.

If Gallo continues to struggle, the Bombers could just replace him entirely with a mesh of Stanton and Tim Locastro, who put on a defensive show against the Baltimore Orioles earlier this week.

Gallo’s advanced stats tell a tale of missed opportunities and bad luck, but the former Texas Ranger has struggled considerably since joining the Yankees and donning the stripes. If he achieves a full year of poor play (half of 2021 and 2022), management may need to consider removing him from the roster altogether. Gallo was only used as a defensive player in the 9th inning against Stanton, so he must be feeling the pressure of being ruled out due to poor offensive play.


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