Gallegos picked up the win in the first game of the Wild Card Round against the Padres on Wednesday, striking out two and walking one over 1.1 scoreless innings. Cardinals starter Kwang Hyun Kim lasted just 3.2 innings and was therefore ineligible for the win. Gallegos earned the honor after making the longest scoreless appearance out of the Cardinals' five relievers (not counting Alex Reyes, who earned the save). He was called upon with two outs and two runners in the bottom of the sixth but escaped the jam by striking out Fernando Tatis. He then tossed a scoreless seventh inning, allowing only a two-out walk.
Gallegos (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three to earn the win Sunday over the Brewers. Gallegos covered the fifth and sixth innings, directly following starter Austin Gomber. It appears Gallegos' late-season struggles have distanced him from the closer role a bit. He ends 2020 with a 3.60 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 15 innings across 16 relief appearances. He also notched four saves and a hold.
Gallegos was credited with his first hold of the season in a win over the Brewers on Thursday, striking out two in a perfect sixth inning. The right-hander threw 14 of his 20 pitches for strikes on his way to his first clean outing since Sept. 6. The strong performance snapped Gallegos' three-appearance streak of allowing at least one earned run, a stretch during which he'd seen his ERA quickly balloon from 0.90 to 4.50. Gallegos' exact bullpen role if the Cardinals do make the postseason remains to be seen, as Andrew Miller appears to have settled into the primary closer role for the time being.
Gallegos, activated from the injured list earlier in the day, allowed an earned run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch over two-thirds of inning in a loss to the Royals on Monday. He struck out two. The right-hander had a rough landing in his return to action, allowing an RBI double to Jorge Soler that plated Adalberto Mondesi to extend the Royals' lead to 4-1 in the home half of the eighth. Gallegos ended up throwing 21 pitches overall in the extended outing, his first since Sept. 10 against the Tigers. Gallegos has now allowed at least one run in three straight appearances dating back to Sept. 8, but he'd put together a near-flawless season prior to those stumbles and is still presumably a candidate for higher-leverage work than he saw Monday over the final days of the campaign.
Gallegos (groin) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Monday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. Gallegos will return to action after missing the minimum 10 days with a groin injury. He should resume a prominent role in the Cardinals' bullpen, although it's unclear whether he'll serve as the closer as Andrew Miller has been receiving save chances in recent games. Gallegos has converted on all four of his save opportunities this season while posting a 3.97 ERA and 0.79 WHIP over 11.1 innings in 2020.