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The Detroit Tigers took a shift against Texas Rangers batter Joey Gallo so extreme that MLB should use it as a reason to ban it.
The Detroit Tigers have an extreme method of dealing with Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers.
During Tuesday’s game, people noticed that the Tigers were one step away from zero infielders in the infield. John Schoop had one foot on the ground.
On Wednesday, Detroit corrected that alignment… by moving all-in on the shift with all three infielders playing on the grass.
That’s a ridiculous shift, one that highlights what fans don’t like about the strategy.
The Tigers’ shift against Joey Gallo was extreme
It just looks wrong for one. Infielders should be in the infield. If they’re standing on the grass like that, shouldn’t fly. A rule requiring infielders to be on the ground would be perfectly fair and in the spirit of the game. An additional arrangement requiring infielders on both sides of second base would also be welcome, at least for some baseball fans.
The impact of such a shift isn’t great for bringing balls into play either. It’s not as simple as telling a player to change direction. Gallo is at his best when he shoots balls to the right. He has more reason to swing for the fences than anything.
On the other hand, Gallo found a way to beat the squad on Wednesday. He put a ball in the middle for a single.
The risk in that case was greater than the reward for the Tigers. Gallo went on to score when John Hicks doubled on the next at bat. He flied out to the left in the fourth and struckout in the sixth.
Gallo went into Wednesday’s game with .230/.388/.505. He has an All-Star season for the Rangers with 24 home runs. His numbers would probably be even better if the shift wasn’t a factor.
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