Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo is getting the shift treatment.
Gallo, who broke out last season after slashing .209/.333/.537 with 41 home runs and a 123 wRC+, is struggling at the plate in 2018. Gallo is pull-happy hitter who has a 47.9 percent pull rate, 7.3 percentage points above the 2018 league average. As a result, Gallo has been shifted to some degree in 94.3 percent of the pitches that he has seen this year, the highest mark in baseball.
Gallo’s offensive performance has fallen off a cliff. The power is still there, of course, but the batting line is not. He’s now hitting .195/.271/.453 with 14 home runs and an 88 wRC+, a much less valuable line than last year.
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