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.
Gallegos (groin) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list Monday, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
Gallegos is set to return after missing the minimum 10 days with a groin injury. He should be a decent option in the final week of the season for players looking for another save or two, though it's not guaranteed he gets any. He does lead the Cardinals in that category, though he has just four of the team's 11 saves. Andrew Miller ranks second with three and could get the nod if a run of lefties comes up in the ninth inning.
Gallegos (groin) threw an extended bullpen session and covered first base without issue Saturday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Saturday's workload was a major step for Gallegos in his recovery, and manager Mike Shildt noted the reliever successfully "checked off the boxes" he needed to. The fact Gallegos was able to evidently emerge free of setbacks from a rigorous workout adds to the increasing optimism the 29-year-old will be able to join the team early next week in Kansas City.
Gallegos (groin) is expected to throw a bullpen session soon, the Associated Press reports.
Gallegos has been on the injured list since Friday after straining his groin the night prior against the Tigers. If the right-hander is able to throw his bullpen soon and do so without setbacks, he could remain on target to return when first eligible Monday.
Gallegos was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain Friday.
Gallegos suffered the injury Thursday against the Tigers. It's not clear whether or not he'll be able to return for the final week of the season. He'd saved a career-high four games this season while posting a 3.97 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in 11.1 innings prior to suffering the injury. Andrew Miller could wind up being the primary ninth-inning option in his absence. Nabil Crismatt was recalled in a corresponding move.
Gallegos left Thursday's loss to Detroit in the second game of a doubleheader due to a groin injury, according to manager Mike Shildt, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander ended up taking the loss, allowing three runs without recording an out before exiting. Shildt said the reliever will have to undergo further evaluation, including imaging, to determine the full extent of the injury.
Gallegos exited Thursday's game in the seventh inning with an undisclosed injury, FOX Sports Midwest reports.
The right-hander came into the game to start the seventh inning and allowed three runs on two hits and a walk before exiting the field with a trainer. It's unclear at the moment what Gallegos is dealing with or how long he may be out.
Gallegos gave up a solo home run and struck out one in 1.1 innings to record his fourth save of the season during the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Twins.
Entering the game to protect a 6-3 lead with two outs in the sixth inning, Gallegos was taken deep by Nelson Cruz in the seventh but shut the door from there. Andrew Miller worked the sixth for his second hold, and that seems to be manager Mike Shildt's preferred pecking order right now in high-leverage situations.
Gallegos allowed no runs on no hits and zero walks while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning as he earned the save in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
Gallegos was charged with a loss during his last appearance as he struggled to limit baserunners, but he got things under control in Friday's matinee to shut the door on the Cubs. The right-hander hasn't allowed any runs in nine of his 10 appearances this season, and he now has a 1.00 ERA and 0.56 WHIP over nine innings. Even with Andrew Miller back in the Cardinals' bullpen, Gallegos could continue to see save chances.
Gallegos (1-1) was tagged with the loss in a defeat at the hands of the Reds on Wednesday, allowing an earned run on two walks and one hit over one-third of an inning. He recorded one strikeout.
Gallegos threw only eight of his 16 pitches for strikes upon entering in the bottom of the ninth with the score knotted at 3-3. An inning-opening strikeout of Jose Garcia quickly went to waste, as the right-hander surrendered a pair of walks before allowing a game-winning single to Joey Votto. It was the rarest of stumbles for Gallegos, who hadn't allowed an earned run and yielded only two hits over his previous eight appearances. Despite the hiccup, the hard-throwing 29-year-old is fully expected to continue receiving high-leverage opportunities during what remains of the regular season.
Gallegos struck out both batters he faced to record his second save of the season in Monday's 7-5 win over the Reds.
Austin Gomber and Jake Woodford coughed up three runs between them in the eighth and ninth innings, creating the save situation that Gallegos handled easily. The right-hander has yet to give up a run in 2020 and has posted a 10:0 K:BB through eight innings, and he seems to be tightening his grip on a Cards closer job that has been unsettled all season.
Gallegos pitched 1.1 perfect innings with one strikeout to earn the save in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Reds.
Gallegos relieved Andrew Miller in the eighth inning with two on and two out and struck out Nick Castellanos to end the threat. Gallegos then retired the side in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season. He's struck out seven and allowed just one baserunner in 4.2 innings across five appearances this year. The 29-year-old will likely continue to compete with Miller for save opportunities.
Gallegos (1-0) secured the win in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against the Cubs after striking out two batters over one scoreless inning.
Gallegos cruised through the sixth frame, needing just 11 pitches to retire Chicago in order. The Cardinals would take a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning, resulting in a victory for the 29-year-old right-hander. He's appeared in three games this season, fanning five batters over 2.2 scoreless innings of relief work.
Gallegos struck out all three batters he faced in the first half of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox.
While the inning couldn't have gone any better for Gallegos, the circumstances of the outing could be mildly worrisome for those banking on the righty emerging from the Cardinals' committee and becoming a true closer. He entered the game in the sixth inning of the seven-inning contest with his side holding a four-run lead, a rather low-leverage situation. While that's a discouraging spot for him to be used, it's certainly possible that his dominance leads to him getting a save opportunity within the next few days.
Gallegos was mentioned by manager Mike Shildt on Wednesday among a group of Cardinals who could pitch in the ninth inning going forward, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Kwang-Hyun Kim was the Cardinals' closer to open the year, but the team has since decided he's best suited to a starting role. Gallegos was drafted as the likely closer by most fantasy players this offseason, though he was merely mentioned as one of several options by Shildt. Gallegos had closer-like numbers last season, striking out 33.3 percent of opposing batters while walking just 5.7 percent en route to a 2.31 ERA, though he recorded just a single save.
Gallegos made his first appearance of the season in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday, firing a scoreless two-thirds of an inning with no hits, walks or strikeouts.
Activated earlier in the day after a delayed arrival in summer camp due to travel issues, Gallegos came on to finish out the sixth inning behind fellow reliever Austin Gomber. Gallegos had been impressing in bullpen sessions and live batting practice in days prior, and the fact he got five of his six pitches into the strike zone Tuesday seems to indicate he carried that momentum over. Gallegos could eventually transition into the closer's role he was once thought of as a leading candidate to fill for at least part of this season, but manager Mike Shildt is on record as stating he'll progressively work the right-hander into the bullpen mix.
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