Yankees’ Joey Gallo bench press: ‘Not playing well enough’

DETROIT — Joey Gallo found himself on the bench in the Yankees’ 5-3 win over the Tigers Wednesday night, and he wasn’t surprised.

“I don’t play well enough to start every day,” said Gallo. “I understand that.”

Gallo only went 1-for-20 with two walks and 10 strikeouts in his previous seven games on Wednesday. He came on as a defensive sub in left field for Giancarlo Stanton in the eighth but didn’t get an at-bat.

On the season, Gallo is 4-for-33 (.121) with zero extra base hits and came off a game against the Tigers in which he hit in all four at-bats. He’s still looking for his first extra base hit, and only the Royals’ Carlos Santana has a lower slugging percentage than Gallo’s .121.

Joey Gallo
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Manager Aaron Boone said he made the decision because he thought Gallo would “push” on Tuesday. Boone said he expects Gallo to be back on the grid for the series finale Thursday afternoon.

“I know I’m not getting great results right now,” Gallo said. “It’s part of the process of playing a full season. … Sometimes you’re trying to chase results, and that can get in your way. I just need to slow it down again and get back to basics: seeing the ball, hitting the ball and hoping it lands for a hit, not trying to chase those hits.

Gallo pointed to times during his career when he wasn’t aggressive enough on the plate.

“I still have faith that he’s going to be good for us,” Boone said. “I have a lot of faith in what he can and will do for us.”

While they’ve pointed to Gallo’s advanced metrics, the actual results since the Texas left fielder’s arrival last July have been so abysmal as to be impossible to ignore. As for the Yankees, the Yankees hope Gallo would be more comfortable in the spotlight now that he’s had time to adjust, but that just didn’t happen. Yankees’ Joey Gallo bench press: ‘Not playing well enough’


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