‘Everything is synced up’ on the mound for D-backs starter Zac Gallen

Aug 19, 2022, 1:01 PM | Updated: 1:22 pm

Zac Gallen #23 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom o...

Zac Gallen #23 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning at Oracle Park on August 18, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen has been among the best pitchers in Major League Baseball over the past month and has the stats to back it.

In his last seven starts, the righty has given up just six earned runs combined.

He continued his torrid pace on Thursday, with maybe his best start of the season against the San Francisco Giants.

“If I had to go off the top of my head, if not No. 1 (his best start), it’s up there,” Gallen told Arizona Sports’ Bickley & Marotta on Friday.

Gallen was mighty effective in Thursday’s 5-0 win over the Giants, tossing 7.1 shutout innings while striking out 12 batters. He extended his scoreless innings streak to 21.1 consecutive innings.

Through his dominant stretch on the mound, Gallen has seen his record on the year improve to 9-2 while sporting a 2.78 ERA.

“Everything (just) started to take shape,” the righty said. “Had a pretty good feel for the slider lately, the curveball has felt good and same thing with the changeup.

“Everything is kind of just synced up and gone really well.”

He said that in the past, he had a tendency to lean on whatever is working rather than mixing pitches. Now with everything working in 2021, Gallen is throwing everything.

“It’s just having confidence in everything,” Gallen said. “I think I’m at my best when I can throw all four or five pitches for strikes.”

Gallen added that this D-backs’ clubhouse is the closest one he’s been in before, crediting a lot of that to a handful of players spending time together in the minors.

“As a whole, we all like to hang out with each other … guys just enjoy each other’s company,” he said. “Everyone is starting to gel together and it’s pretty cool.”

The Diamondbacks begin a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday at 6:40 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. 

Arizona Diamondbacks

Christian Walker...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks handle business against White Sox with parade of runs early

The Diamondbacks put up another 12 runs to blow out the White Sox, as the NL's highest-scoring offense in June continued to click.

13 hours ago

Corbin Carroll #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks runs the bases after hitting a double during the firs...

Arizona Sports

Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll to receive MRI on left side, optimistic he avoided serious injury

Diamondbacks OF Corbin Carroll experienced discomfort on the left side of his rib cage following a throw in the outfield on Sunday.

14 hours ago

Jordan Lawlar...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks top prospect Jordan Lawlar to have MRI for hamstring issue

Arizona Diamondbacks top prospect Jordan Lawlar will have imaging done after suffering hamstring discomfort on Saturday.

18 hours ago

Logan Allen...

Arizona Sports

Diamondbacks bring back LHP Logan Allen on minor league deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks brought back veteran left-hander Logan Allen on a minor league contract on Sunday.

19 hours ago

Jake McCarthy...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks explain intentional balk, bullpen game decisions in loss to White Sox

Saturday was a frustrating night for the Diamondbacks between a tough bullpen day, runners left on base and a wide strike zone.

1 day ago

Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks gestures at home plate umpire Nick Mahrley #4...

Damon Allred

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo ejected in 8th inning of loss to White Sox

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Nick Mahrley in the eighth inning of a 9-2 loss Saturday.

1 day ago

‘Everything is synced up’ on the mound for D-backs starter Zac Gallen