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.