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ST PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 16: Nomar Mazara #30 of the Texas Rangers reacts to hitting a three run home run in the eighth inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on April 16, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 16: Nomar Mazara #30 of the Texas Rangers reacts to hitting a three run home run in the eighth inning during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on April 16, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – APRIL 27: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers circles the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 27, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Gallo eclipses 110-RBI mark for first time

There are plenty of bold predictions to think up for Joey Gallo. 50 home runs, 215 strikeouts, longest homer, highest homer, fastest homer… the man is an anomaly with a bat in his hands.

I’d like to see the slugger eclipse 110 RBI in 2019. If he does that, he will have had a successful year.

He came somewhat close last year. He drove in 92 runs after having driven in 80 the year before. Thus, Gallo is on direction. A player who hits as many home runs as he does should notch at least 100 RBI every season.

The two players that hit more homers than him last year each drove in over 100 runs. Khris Davis hit 48 long balls and finished the year with 123 RBI. J.D. Martinez hit 43 and drove in 130. 14 players hit fewer home runs than Gallo but notched at least 100 RBI in 2018.

It’s time he elevates his RBI game. He’ll need his teammates to reach base, though that shouldn’t be a problem with Choo, Andrus and Mazara presumably hitting ahead of him in the lineup. Gallo needs to fixate himself in the top half of the batting order and fire away.

He’ll drive in 100 this year, maybe even 110 or 120. He’s certainly capable.

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