Giovanny Gallegos Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/14/1991 (30)
Giovanny Gallegos Season Stats
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Giovanny Gallegos News
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher and apparent new closer Giovanny Gallegos earned his fifth save of the season in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gallegos inherited two runners, allowing one to score but recording the last two outs of the game before the Dodgers could tie things up. It's the fifth save of the season for Gallegos, but more importantly, he's been on the mound for every save chance since Alex Reyes was demoted to earlier innings. Gallegos needs to be rostered in all formats at this point.
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos earned the save, his third of the season, in Monday's 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Alex Reyes had been the Cardinals closer all season, but after a rough stretch, the team said they would be "reevaluating" their ninth inning role, and Gallegos was the one to get the first shot. He should be considered the favorite for saves in the St. Louis bullpen, at least in the short term. The team likely wants Reyes to get some lower leverage innings until he gets back on track, but if Gallegos pitches well, he may not cede too many save chances, as the Cardinals are in the thick of the wild card chase and can't afford to "try things out" in the ninth inning.
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos earned his third save of the season on Monday during a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The 30-year-old struck out one and only needed 14 pitches to nail down the victory. Given the struggles of All-Star closer Alex Reyes in the second half of the season, it appears the Cardinals are trending towards using a matchup-based approach for the time being in the ninth inning. With a 3.02 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 74 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings, Gallegos warrants a priority add in case manager Mike Shildt decides to install a permanent closer.
Heading into 2020, Giovanny Gallegos was coming off a breakout 2019 campaign in which he struck out 93 batters in 74 innings pitched and posted a 2.31 ERA and 0.81 WHIP supported by a 27.6% K/BB rate. Unfortunately, due to a delayed arrival in summer camp and a mid-September groin injury, Gallegos pitched just 15 innings in 2020. In those 15 IP, Gallegos posted four saves (in four opportunities) with a 3.60 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts. Gallegos' 2020 numbers were consistent with his 2019 breakout, and his limited performance was supported by a 2.06 FIP. Not much has changed for Gallegos heading into 2021. The Cardinals will likely continue to use Gallegos as a member of a committee and not as their sole closer. Accordingly, Gallegos remains an excellent option in leagues that reward holds, but his ceiling in saves-only leagues will be limited unless he, somehow, runs away with the closer role in a stacked Cardinals bullpen. Due to his position as a member of a closer-committee, Gallegos' value as a fantasy reliever takes a hit. That said, managers willing to roster Gallegos will be rewarded with superb ratios and strikeouts, along with some saves, still making Gallegos a great late-round selection around pick 289.