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.
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.