Joey Gallo headed to the bench on Tuesday


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The New York Yankees 2022 roster may not be the best in recent memory, but they are a very solid unit.

The team has, in addition, several pieces that may not be automatic starters, but could be considered as such if they were part of a different team.

In other words, the Yankees have depth, at least in theory.

That’s why they give left fielder Joey Gallo a break on Tuesday: Aaron Boone sends him to the bench.

Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu, who generally do well against left-handed pitchers, are both starters.

Aaron Hicks occupies Gallo’s usual left field while Aaron Judge plays in the center of the field.

Giancarlo Stanton, often the regular designated hitter, makes a rare start in right field.

Gallo should be back in the line-up for the next game

The decision, really, doesn’t have to do with Gallo hitting .231 on the season (he went 2-for-3 on Monday and that helped boost his numbers somewhat), but rather with the fact Gallo is left-handed and struggles against left-handers.

Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi will be on the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays this afternoon, justifying Gallo’s bench.

He should be there in the next game, though.

Gallo played better than people think, to be fair.

He made a lot of loud contact, with the misfortune that some of his batted balls found gloves instead of grass.

In fact, the only thing Gallo lacks, for now, is his power.

It cuts 0.231/0.412/0.231 with an incredible walk rate of 23.5% and an improved (over last year) takedown rate of 29.4%.

We may be on the verge of a Gallo escape.




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