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  1. Glad to see him up but I want to mention Gallo is supposedly not going to be in CF much more after returning from injury, and both he and Mazara could be back as soon as this weekend (soon at least barring setbacks). So his roster spot is definitely up in the air.
  2. After missing a game with a sore wrist a few days ago now he has been pulled from this one mid at bat (though he was trying to stay in) after grabbing at the oblique area between pitches. Wouldn't be counting on him playing the next few days IMO, though it just happened so no real word. Just hoping it's not IL worthy yet.
  3. Gallo with the slam hope it breaks him out of the mini slump.
  4. Hurt by a bad relay and blooper to end it, but Shawn Kelley blew it and took the L.
  5. Gallo is just ridiculous right now. 2 for 3 with a HR, 2B (off the wall), and BB. Now sitting at .293/.426/.687 (1.13). Most fun I've had watching a Ranger hitter since MVP Hamilton.
  6. As a Rangers fan personally I don't think they really handled it that badly. It's not their fault Willie can't really play a position and thus has to crack into the always crowded LF/DH mix, then came into last season out of shape with a bad attitude before putting up mediocre numbers in AAA. Not exactly banging down the door. Thankfully he came into this year in better shape, crushed it for 6 weeks in AAA, earned the callup, got it... and started 5 of 7 games. Choo & Pence have a combined OPS over 1.0 vs righties playing all season, managers don't just bench that cold so he missed a couple games, meh. Someone would probably get hurt, or once trade season heats up if Willie was still playing well wherever he was a move would have been made to clean things up. Choo becomes more tradeable every year as that contract finally winds down ($21 million next year). Personally I wish they would send Mazara down for a month or two as a wakeup call that he isn't making enough (any?) progress, a league average bat as a 20/21 year old was nice, but 3 years later when hitting is your only asset it's not enough to justify being cemented into the 3/4 spot everyday... needs to find a way to get the ball in the air more. Anyway... unfortunately for Calhoun and anyone who picked him up, he left todays game with quad tightness after running out a grounder and thus is surely out for a bit. He had a nice 12 pitch walk in the game, too bad. Who knows how that will play out with Andrus's return right around the corner and such, but at least he now seems back on track to get a good shot this season even if it takes a bit longer. Wasn't so sure coming in.
  7. I was looking over his statcast data this morning. While every bit helps, he has only made incremental gains in contact/K%, and worse in a couple specifics... and following that his K% is just a bit under last year at a very high 35.2%. The two big changes are 1) Being far more patient in general, taking more both in (72.4% swing rate to 66%) and out (29.2% swing rate to 19.4%) of the zone. Biggest improvement is not chasing high pitches, he chased 42% high and away last year to only 11% this year.. in a relatively small sample obviously. And 2) Basically dropped 6-10% flyballs for line drives depending on which site you look at, which is going to help batting average. And you would think drop a few HRs, but not yet with the quality of contact he's making. Between the increased line drive rate and career/league best contact data (60% hard hit rate, 27.5% "barrels" on contact, 96.7 MPH exit velocity... crushing the ball) his expected batting average has risen from .232 last year to .260, so even though his very high BABIP (.397) is sure to fall there is actual reason to believe he has made gains there. As a catch all, his WOBA (.432) is virtually identical to his xWOBA (.438), so he's earned his production so far. Obviously at a 1.079 OPS and 119 run, 122 RBI, and 50 HR pace he's got some room to regress and still have a very good season.
  8. Gallo sitting at a 1.079 OPS on May 20th pleases me.
  9. Minor 9 ks through 5 scoreless, he's been impressive all year.
  10. Odor had raised his OPS 133 points in 6 AB. Another 133 and he will be back to league average. Mikolas getting knocked around, 6 in the 2nd.
  11. 1.11 OPS on the year (.276/.425/.686), 13 walks in the last 9 games helping him get up to 27 runs already, and even picked up his second steal just now. Been rooting for him hard since the minors, great to see him breaking out. Obviously he will come down a bit at some point, but as long as he maintains the patience he should be productive.
  12. Gallo with a 114 mph line shot down the line for his 11th HR. Killing it.
  13. Gallo with 3 HR, 8 SO, 8 BB in 32 PA. Got that TTO working, good first week+.
  14. Caught my eye that he ended up hitting .415/.457/.829 (1.286 OPS) for the spring in 40 AB. I've never really been excited about him as he was always more projection than results, high GB rate mediocre walk rate.. but once in a while the projections actually pan out so I'll be interested to see if he can translate some momentum to real games here and if his swing actually looks any different.
  15. Injured, twisted/sprained his ankle falling down on a swing and had to badly limp to 1b. Obviously will have to see how serious it is later. He's been very good recently, hitting something like .330 in August and showing some of the best plate discipline (reflect in O-Swing rates) of his career since the ASB. The extended slump earlier in the season was rather discouraging since he really was just having very poor at bats, hope he's not too injured just as he's righted the ship. edit: His post ASB OPS was at 1.115 through this game.