Giovanny Gallegos Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/14/1991 (31)
Giovanny Gallegos Season Stats
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Giovanny Gallegos News
The St. Louis Cardinals signed right-handed reliever Giovanny Gallegos to a two-year contract extension on Monday that includes a club option for the 2025 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 31-year-old is 3-5 this year for St. Louis with a 2.91 ERA (2.76 FIP), a 0.97 WHIP, 14 saves and 72 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings pitched. He's converted 28 of his 42 save opportunities in the last two seasons and also has 36 holds, making him plenty valuable to both the Cardinals and fantasy managers despite not being the full-time closer. Gallegos should once again be valuable to fantasy managers in holds leagues in 2023.
St. Louis Cardinals reliever Giovanny Gallegos recorded his 11th save of the season on Saturday to close out his club's 1-0 win over the Yankees. Ryan Helsley, who's taken over primary closing duties, worked the previous two days in a row so it was Gallegos who received the ninth-inning call in this one. The right-hander got a fly out and a pair of strikeouts in the clean frame in what marked his first save since July 12. After a rocky July, Gallegos has strung together six-straight scoreless appearances to give him a 3.27 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 52 K through 41 1/3 IP. Although his stats would hold up for fantasy purposes, the fact that he isn't the main closing option significantly hinders his fantasy value.
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos didn't make things easy but did pick up his 10th save of the season in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Dodgers. Gallegos entered to pitch the ninth inning with a two-run lead. He allowed a leadoff solo home run to Freddie Freeman, struck the next two hitters out, put the tying run on first with a walk, and got the final out on a fly out. Gallegos does lead the Cardinals in saves this season and has a respectable 3.44 ERA and 11.12 K/9 rate, but he has also blown five saves and has been outpitched by his teammate Ryan Helsley, who has seven saves of his own. Both carry fantasy value, but Helsley seems like the better fantasy option of the two at this time given overall performance in high-leverage situations.
In 2021, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos regained his dominant 2019 form after a 2020 campaign that was limited to just 15 innings pitched due to a groin injury and delayed arrival after the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. He was the primary setup man to closer Alex Reyes until Reyes lost the job in late August. Once Gallegos took over as closer, he converted 11 saves in September over 13 2/3 IP with 21 strikeouts, a 3.29 ERA, and a 0.88 WHIP. On the season, Gallegos posted a 3.02 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 95 strikeouts, 14 saves, and 24 holds over 80 1/3 IP. Supporting this solid campaign was a .240 wOBA against which was 11th among all qualified pitchers. His 3.10 xERA, .272 xwOBA against, and .206 xBA against were also all in the top 13% of MLB. Heading into 2022, expect more of the same from Gallegos in terms of solid ratios and a K/9 close to 11, given his consistent underlying metrics. Gallegos should get the lion's share of save opportunities out of the gate in 2022. As a result, managers who miss out on the top tier closer options in drafts will want to target Gallegos in the middle rounds. With a 105 ADP, Gallegos is correctly being taken as the 10th or 11th closer off of draft boards in mixed league formats. His fantasy value gets a further boost in those formats that reward holds where (should Gallegos share or lose the coveted Cardinals closer role) he will accumulate a good number of holds on a team that will contend for the NL Central title in 2022. Alternatively, if he can maintain the closer role for the duration of the 2022 campaign, he could finish as a top-7 reliever in a league bereft of bona fide closers, far exceeding his current ADP.