Tigers’ switch to Joey Gallo proves MLB must ban him completely (Photo)
The Detroit Tigers rolled out a change against Texas Rangers hitter Joey Gallo so extreme the MLB should use it as a reason to ban him.
The Detroit Tigers have an extreme method of dealing with the Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo.
During Tuesday’s game, people noticed how close the Tigers were to zero infielders in the infield. John Schoop had one foot on the ground.
On Wednesday, Detroit corrected that lineup… moving all-in during the shift with all three infielders playing on the grass.
It’s a ridiculous change, which highlights what fans don’t like about the strategy.
The Tigers’ change to Joey Gallo was extreme
It just seems wrong for one. Infield players must be in the infield. Having them on the grass like that shouldn’t fly. A rule requiring infielders to be on the field would be quite fair and in keeping with the spirit of the game. An additional rule requiring infielders on both sides of second base would also be welcome, at least. for some baseball fans.
The impact of such a change is also not great for putting the balls into play. It is not as simple as telling a player to change direction. Gallo is at his best when sending balls to the right. He has more incentive to swing for fences than anything else.
Then again, Gallo found a way to beat the quarterback on Wednesday. He put a ball in the middle for a single.
The risk outweighed the reward for the Tigers in this case. Gallo then scored when John Hicks doubled up on the next strike at bat. He flew to the left in the fourth and struck out in the sixth.
Gallo entered Wednesday’s game with a .230 / .388 / .505 strike. He’s having an all-star season for the Rangers with 24 home runs. His numbers would likely be even better if change wasn’t a factor.