Yankees’ Aaron Boone thinks Joey Gallo is a ‘great start’

Aaron Boone has the opposite take on Joey Gallo: that he’s actually fine.

“I would suggest he’s off to a good start,” the Yankees manager said of Gallo, who scored in the first three games of the season and Sunday night’s 4-3 loss ended the Red Sox in the Bronx. “He controlled the zone, came down to base and smoked a few balls. I thought he had some really good bats tonight where he just missed the ball.

Gallo has never averaged but saw those struggles intensify when he joined the Yankees last season. After general manager Brian Cashman traded for the slugger on deadline, Gallo cut .160/.303/.404, partially making up for his poor 13-homer average in a Yankees uniform.

His numbers so far this year are worse.

Gallo has just one hit in his first 10 at-bats with three walks. Though he put the ball in play three times on Sunday, each time flying wide, a .100 batting average isn’t what the Yankees would rather see from the fifth batter in their lineup.

Joey Gallo reacts during the Yankees' loss to the Red Sox.
Joey Gallo reacts during the Yankees’ loss to the Red Sox.
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At the end of the game, Gallo also capped a terrible ninth inning, batting on four pitches from Jake Diekman, who hit Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton before facing Gallo.

“He’s reaching heights that he didn’t have last year,” Boone said. “Hit a ball the other way, hard left. Smoked a ball to the right. Another walk. Check out what he’s doing. And I think we see a lot of good bats and a guy who has a lot more for me [plate] cover now.”

Boone is known for bringing the positive out of everything. However, this feels a bit lengthy.

Even though Gallo hits the ball hard, it’s almost impossible to imagine the Yankees being okay with his performance right now.

When asked where he sees Gallo’s improvement, Boone pointed to his fly-out in the fifth inning on Sunday.

Aaron Boone
Aaron Boone
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“He just missed that pitch in midfield that he probably wouldn’t have made last year,” Boone said. “I thought he did a good job against the left-hander [Matt Strahm] Hit the ball hard to the left, the other way.

“Obviously smoked a ball to the right for the out. I just feel like he’s combining good swings and good bats right now.”

There are only three games on the schedule. But surely the Yankees want Gallo’s good bats to end in hits sooner rather than later. Yankees’ Aaron Boone thinks Joey Gallo is a ‘great start’


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