The Angels were way better than the Texas Rangers, so this doesn’t change where we stack up compared to them. It does, however, impact the Wild Card race that we are right in the thick of.
The New York Yankees were the lucky team that was able to trade for Gallo, and they are currently 2.5 games ahead of us for that second wild card spot.
Expect the Joey Gallo trade to make things a bit more difficult for the LA Angels while Mike Trout is still out.
The LA Angels finally got Joey Gallo out of their division, but he is still on a team competing with the Halos for the playoffs.
The Angels are five games out of that second wild card. In the end, it’s up to the Angels to decide if they can go out and take a playoff spot.
That being said, this Joey Gallo news does indeed make it harder.
Joey Gallo is the left-handed power that the Yankees have been missing this year. Gallo has already hit 25 jacks this year. Expect him to hit about another 25 more now that he’s in Yankee Stadium, a stadium where he’ll have the famous “Short Porch” out in right.
Gallo has always had the talent to flip the ball out of the park whenever he wants to, and after hitting just seven home runs in his first two years (53 games), he realized that potential.
He went for back-to-back 40+ home run seasons, 22 in 70 games for his 2019 All-Star season, and after having a tough time last year, he’s back to smoking baseballs out of the yard on command.
Luckily, the Angels only are playing in the Bronx for one game for the rest of this season. They’re playing them four more times, but three of them are in Anaheim.
It’s really not about the head-to-head matchups where it hurts the Halos, but due to how his fit in New York will help them try to catapult up the standings against any opponent.
The Yankees have won 11 of their last 17, and now have filled a major hole on their roster.
If we can get to a Wild Card game, I like our chances. We have a Shohei Ohtani, who would have such a huge impact in a Wild Card one-game playoff round scenario. That being said, we better get Trout back soon and go on a late-season tear to make sure we get there.
The AL East looks tough, and just got tougher.