Zac Gallen sets record with 22 starts allowing 3 ERs or less to start their careers


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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen was good early in his Miami career before Arizona replaced him, and he’s been even better since.

After seven starts with the Marlins and 15 more as a D-back, Gallen has allowed no more than three earned runs in his 22 career starts. It’s a new record, overtaking Aaron Sele, a Gallen against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, a 7-4 victory over the Giants.

In 7.0 single-run innings, Gallen allowed five hits and one walk, striking out five.

Not only is Gallen not quitting a lot of races this year, he’s also having some successful games. Friday marks the sixth of Gallen’s seven starts in 2020 in which he pitched at least six innings. It was also the fifth outing in which he walked one or fewer hitters.

Those three earned runs feel like a qualifier you’d expect Gallen to hit frequently, like he’s about to fail to maintain that record consistently, but he hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in the start of the season. Only three of the seven starts, in fact, have even reached two earned runs. And in 2019, out of these 15 outings, only four reached this quota of three earned points.

A full breakdown of these earned totals:

Gallen was acquired by the D-backs on July 31, 2019 for Jazz Chisholm, the No.1 short-circuit hopeful.

Arizona needed a starting pitch and a surplus of intermediate players like Chisholm in the system, as well as having long-term plays on the big league roster already in shortstop Nick Ahmed and second baseman Ketel Marte.

Gallen now has a career ERA of 2.49.

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