Zac Gallen’s Changeup and the Nastiest Pitches From 8/17/20

Callen Elslager recaps the nastiest pitches from Monday's action.

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Zac Gallen’s Changeup


Let’s be honest—I would be fired from Pitcher List if I did not include Zac Gallen in a Nastiest Pitches article at some point. One of the fantasy darlings going into this season has completely lived up to the hype, including in this start against Oakland where he went seven innings with only one run allowed and struck out eight Athletics. Among those strikeouts was this changeup down and away to Austin Allen getting him to chase and fail to hold up. I easily could have picked any of those strikeouts from last night, as his stuff was completely dominant.


Giovanny Gallegos‘ Slider


After coming back from the COVID-19 Injured List, Giovanny Gallegos has stepped right back into high-leverage situations and is working his way to likely reclaiming the closer role. In the first game of Monday’s doubleheader, he came on to preserve the tie in the sixth and did just that striking out two in a hitless inning of relief, including this pitch to get Ian Happ. (h/t to PL+ member Ben Bingham).


Jordan Montgomery’s Curveball


Jordan Montgomery looked really good last night in his start against Boston, which unfortunately got shortened by a rain delay of about an hour and a half. In only 3.2 innings before the rain delay, Montgomery struck out four, including this curveball to get Jonathan Arauz swinging.


Touki Toussaint’s Curveball


With the injuries that have taken place in the Braves’ rotation, some of their young starters have gotten more of a look in the rotation, and that includes Touki Toussaint. Though he had some command issues Monday night, walking six in three innings, he did flash the strikeout upside he supposedly had with four strikouts in three innings, including this curveball getting Adam Eaton out in front and down swinging. (h/t to PL+ member Cole Copeland).


Matthew Boyd’s Slider


Another Pitcher List darling Matthew Boyd, had a very weird start Monday, giving up three home runs, but also striking out nine with a 29% CSW. His strikeouts showed some of the promise that fantasy players were hoping for, and among those was this slider down to Yasmani Grandal, getting him to swing over top.


Alex Reyes‘ Curveball


Getting a spot start during their doubleheader yesterday was Alex Reyes, and though he only ended up going one scoreless inning in more of an Opener role, he showed some flashes of his former top-prospect self with two strikeouts with his curveball. Here he was able to to get Javier Baez to fail to check his swing, sending him back to the dugout.


Ross Stripling’s Fastball


Though the final line may not have been so pretty for Ross Stripling, allowing six earned runs in only three innings pitched, he finds his way into this article with a 94 mph fastball that painted the outside corner to catch Evan White looking.


Brandon Bielak’s Changeup


While the Astros’ pitching staff has been hampered by injuries this season, it has allowed us to get a look at some younger pitchers that they have in the system. Included in these young pitchers is Brandon Bielak, who impressed in the third start of his career going six innings, giving up only one hit and striking out four. Among those strikeouts was this strikeout of Tony Wolters on the changeup, catching him out in front on the swing just flailing in an attempt to make contact.


Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball


Welcome back Aroldis Chapman! After his battle with COVID-19, he finally made is way back to the Yankee roster and found himself making his season debut Monday night. Though he gave up a run in the ninth, he reached 101 mph on his final pitch blowing a fastball by Rafael Devers and breaking into his iconic Chapman stare.


Alex Cobb’s Fastball


The Orioles have been off to a surprisingly good start this season, with Alex Cobb anchoring their rotation and pitching pretty well to start the year. Though Monday night was not his best start, giving up five runs in 6.2 innings, he did strike out five. Among those strikeouts was this fastball spotted very nicely on the inside corner getting Teoscar Hernandez and his hot bat down swinging. (h/t to PL+ member Alex Tran).


GIF of the Night


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Callen Elslager

Callen is a law school student at Widener Law Commonwealth. When he doesn't have his head in the books studying law he can be found with his head in a Fangraphs or Baseball Savant page learning more about the sport he loves.

2 responses to “Zac Gallen’s Changeup and the Nastiest Pitches From 8/17/20”

  1. Goods says:

    Cobb’s pitch is a split fastball, worth pointing out and you can see the grip perfectly in the second replay.

  2. YouKnowMySteez says:

    To be fair, Reyes gave up a run, while un-earned, he did walk the bases loaded and then let a guy across on a wild pitch.

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