Which two records is Joey Gallo on pace to break?

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 12: Joey Gallo
ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 12: Joey Gallo /

Joey Gallo was expected to fill in until Adrian Beltre returned from injury. Instead, he’s on the everyday lineup and he’s on pace to make history.

It’s not often someone hitting below .200 is on pace to join the record books for something positive. But Joey Gallo’s “three-true-outcomes” approach makes him one of the more unique hitters in recent memory.

His .194 batting average is the lowest in the American League, and his 38.5 strikeout percentage is the highest. But his .821 OPS is over .070 points higher than what most consider average for an everyday hitter.

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If he were to continue this pace, he would join 2002 Mark McGwire as the only two players in history with a batting average under .200 and an OPS over .800. His .821 OPS would beat out McGwire’s by .020 points, making it the highest OPS for a hitter with an average under .200 in baseball history.

That’s not the only record Gallo is on pace to break this season. His 71 extra base hit per hit percentage would become the highest of all time.

The current record of 69 percent held by Barry Bonds set in 2002 is a whole seven points higher than Jose Bautista’s 2010 total of 62 percent which currently sits in second place.

If it were to hold, Gallo’s 71 extra base hit to hit percentage would be the first time in history a player broke the 70 mark and only the sixth time a player broke 60.

Is it possible Adrian Beltre isn’t the only Texas Ranger set to make history this season? With less than 80 games, Gallo hopes to join the record books.