No one would blame you for wanting to put the 2021 Texas Rangers completely in the rear view mirror.
After that awful season spawned just 60 Ranger wins, there wasn’t much worth remembering about the team, especially not after an active trade deadline sell-off of the best remaining talent on the squad, including Joey Gallo, Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy.
Gibson, now on the Phillies, and Kennedy, back with the Diamondbacks, appear to be doing well with their 2022 teams. But the same can’t be said for these 2021 Texas Rangers.
1. Former Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo is struggling with the Yankees
How many times have we heard that Gallo would turn things around once he finally got adjusted to the Bronx and to the “little league ballpark” he calls home? Well, not enough to make it true yet.
It’s been quite the slog for Gallo in 2022, as he’s batting just .184 with a .641 OPS, though he does have eight homers. Even that’s below his normal output. Acquired to be a difference maker in a powerful Yankees lineup, he’s been anything but that so far.
We’ve always known Gallo to be a three true outcomes player, but the extent to which he’s regressed is nothing short of shocking, especially considering Yankee Stadium should be a paradise for his big left-handed swing.
The Texas Rangers have easily won their trade with the Yankees, as Ezequiel Duran, Josh Smith and Glenn Otto have found varying degrees of big league success. A heist, if you will.