No, the headline was not ripped from The Onion. Nor is the part about manager Ryne Sandberg batting Freddy Galvis second in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 3-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
Galvis went into the game with one hit in 31 at bats on the season. Thanks to a third-inning single, he exited 2-for-36, raising his 2014 batting average from .032 to .056.
He still has a long way to go to back to .100, let alone the Mendoza Line.
Even if Galvis continued to hit at that rate of 1-for-5 from here on out, it would take him somewhere between 16 and 20 at bats to get back to .100. If somehow he managed to collect seven base hits in a row starting right now, he could clear .200 in two short games!
As for batting Galvis second, Sandberg explained to reporters that he wanted to get Galvis into some better "situational hitting" spots in an effort to break his 0-for-23 slump entering the contest. In a way, it worked I suppose, since he did pick up a base hit.
Then again, he’s not necessarily out of the woods just yet. Galvis went down in his next three at trips to the plate, including the final out of the game.
That extra AB sure helped.
You don’t have to be Matt Stairs in the Phillies broadcast booth to tell the 24-year-old looks lost at the dish. The question is what it will take for him to break out of it.
Nobody was ever expecting Galvis to be a plus-hitter or anything, but this is getting ridiculous even for him. He was a lifetime .230 hitter in two seasons coming into ’14. Now his career average is beginning to crash, too, down to .216.
It’s quite clear Galvis could benefit from some time at Triple A to get the kinks worked out. Or perhaps he doesn’t belong in the Majors at all.
Yet Galvis will get the start at shortstop again on Tuesday in place of an injured Jimmy Rollins. Unfortunately, the Phillies need Galvis for his glove right now, but can they continue to overcome his bat?