On Thursday night, he received perhaps the toughest assignment of his season yet: the Los Angeles Dodgers in Southern California, at Dodger Stadium.
Not only did he not back down from the challenge, but he aced the test with eight one-run innings in which he didn’t walk anyone and struck out 13 hitters.
He made the best team in baseball look like a Triple-A squad.
“Zac Gallen of the @Dbacks is the only MLB pitcher in the modern era to throw 8.0+ innings on the road with 12+ strikeouts, no walks, 2 or fewer hits allowed and under 100 pitches,” Stats by STATS tweeted.
Zac Gallen of the @Dbacks is the only MLB pitcher in the modern era to throw 8.0+ innings on the road with 12+ strikeouts, no walks, 2 or fewer hits allowed and under 100 pitches.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) September 23, 2022
He used his four-seamer, curveball, and changeup to perfection, but the most impressive part of his game is his flawless command.
His performance in 2022 has been so good that he broke the D-Backs record for most consecutive scoreless innings this year, with 44.1.
Gallen surpassed Brandon Webb‘s 41.2, a mark he achieved in 2007.
The scoreless streak spanned parts of eight games.
For the year, the talented right-hander is sporting a solid 2.46 ERA in 172 innings.
He also has 180 strikeouts and an elite 0.89 WHIP, positioning himself as one of the top starters in the league.
The Gallen-for-Jazz Chisholm Jr. trade executed with the Miami Marlins a couple of years ago remains one of the most obvious win-win deals in the recent history of the game.
The Marlins got a young building block who happens to be a position player (scarce in their system), and Arizona got a legitimate ace.