The Rangers were expecting to see rookie Joey Gallo struggle in spurts during his first big-league stint, and the third baseman/left fielder is struggling.
He entered Thursday batting only .222 after a 4-for-32 skid in his past nine games. Included in the funk were 18 strikeouts, three of them Wednesday.
Gallo, though, knew what he needed to do. Pitchers have made adjustments to him, and he needs to adjust back.
“I’m being a little impatient, swinging at too much,” he said. “I’ve got to adjust, too, and keep learning the pitchers. I’m still a little inexperienced in that.
“Maybe my timing is off a little. I’m not seeing the ball too well. The last few games I’ve had pretty good swings, at least. The results just haven’t been there. I’ve just got to keep swinging through it.”
Banister isn’t discouraged by Gallo’s swoon. It’s part of being a big-league rookie, but Banister sees Gallo learning and trying to apply adjustments. For instance, Gallo isn’t chasing pitches out of the strike zone as much as he did earlier this month.
“We knew there would be these kind of ripples during every game,” Banister said. “He’s not chasing. These guys know who Joey Gallo is. Believe it or not, he’s getting pitched like Prince Fielder.”
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