The New York Yankees haven’t won since trading Joey Gallo while the Los Angeles Dodgers have yet to suffer a loss since acquiring him.
Maybe the New York Yankees would like to have Joey Gallo back after all. Since trading him to the Los Angeles Dodgers, not only have they lost every game they’ve played, his new club has won each of theirs. Fans had a fun time discussing this on Reddit.
No player in the sport has been dragged through the mud as much as Gallo this season. He left the Yankees with a .159/.282/.339 slash line and strikeouts in 38.8% of his plate appearances. The strikeouts have continued in Los Angeles but the team is winning and that’s what matters most for both of these clubs.
Yankees aren’t winning minus Joey Gallo, Dodgers keep on riding to victory
The Yankees headed into their series finale with the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday with four straight losses. The absence of Gallo wasn’t to blame but surely after all of the ridicule, he has to feel pretty good right now.
The Dodgers, meanwhile, were already streaking before Gallo even got there. Now with seven straight victories as they look to fend off the San Diego Padres yet again on Sunday, one has to wonder if Gallo is a secret weapon the Yankees never knew they had.
The Houston Astros haven’t played particularly fantastic baseball of late but trail the Yankees by only a half-game. The first seed in the American League will determine home-field advantage through the ALCS. It’s important the Yankees don’t let this slip away.
Over in Los Angeles, Gallo has helped himself to a pair of hits in seven opportunities. It looks like the Dodgers will work him into the starting lineup as needed and maybe save him for other situations where maybe he can excel. Gallo isn’t the prototypical low-batting average slugger who can’t do much else. He’s not a bad outfielder and maybe in a part-time role for the final weeks of the season can continue to give the Dodgers another option. It has helped them keep a strong lead over the New York Mets in the National League which is definitely something they’d like to secure in hopes of getting home-field advantage for themselves.
The Yankees will eventually win a game sans Gallo and the Dodgers are going to have some rotten luck with him on the roster as well. For now, in this ever-so-limited sample size that still seems too coincidental to ignore, Gallo appears to be the biggest winner of all in this trade.