Despite leading the majors in blown saves with eight, Giovanny Gallegos has been a pleasant surprise for the Cardinals this season as he’s stepped into a new role. Much of the 2021 season, Gallegos has been a spot reliever and set-up man for Alex Reyes. After stepping up in recent weeks to become the team’s presumptive closer, it’s great to see Gallegos seem to adjust nicely to the new role.
Gallegos is 5-5 on the season with nine saves. He’s pitched 73.1 innings and has 86 strikeouts on the season. He has an excellent 30.2 called + swinging strike out rate. Gallegos has moments of absolute effectiveness as he has a 99% active spin on his four-seam fast ball at an average of 94.3 mph and a 98% active spin on his change up with an average of 87.1 mph.
While it would be nice to see Reyes get back that same mojo that earned him the closer role and an All-Star game appearance, Gallegos has earned the closer role for now. He follows Yadier Molina’s lead and makes his pitches. Gallegos must continue to use his effective stuff and follow Molina’s lead to have hopes of continuing this improbable ride – wherever it make take this team and fans.