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Gallo's magical debut changes nothing

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Joey Gallo Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports

It might be tough for fantasy owners to believe this, but nothing has changed over 24 hours in the overall evaluation of young Texas Rangers slugging third baseman Joey Gallo, despite the fact that he garnered three hits, including a home run, and knocked in four runs in his impressive big league debut Tuesday. Just like we recommended against overreacting to the Chicago Cubs promoting their prized third baseman, Gallo’s childhood pal Kris Bryant, it takes time to see how pitchers challenge Gallo, and what adjustments he’ll make. Did I personally enjoy Gallo’s tremendous evening? Of course -- it was a blast!

Alas, there remains much swing and miss in the kid’s game, and pitchers will be exploiting this, likely starting with Chicago White Sox lefty Chris Sale on Wednesday, just about the toughest matchup for a lefty hitter there is. In our reactionary world, the tenor on Gallo will be changing again today. Regardless, just like the awesome Bryant is striking out in 30 percent of his at-bats, and it was a lot more in May, there’s risk.