Zac Gallen’s snake-skin belt leads to bounce back start for Cy Young candidate

Jun 18, 2023, 12:00 PM

Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zac Gallen...

Starting pitcher Zac Gallen #23 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of the game at Chase Field on April 21, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zac Gallen is traditionally recognizable from the glasses he wears on the mound, but it was a different accessory that spun heads on Friday.

Gallen took the mound against the Cleveland Guardians rocking a snake-skin belt to match the D-backs city connect Serpientes jerseys.

It caused quite the rattle on the internet.

Gallen admitted the belt was a little “out of my comfort zone” but it seemed to bring good fortune.

He was able to bounce back from a mediocre outing at Detroit where he gave up five earned runs in 5.2 innings to strike out seven Guardians batters while only allowing one earned run to pick up his eighth win of the year.

Gallen is listed alongside Clayton Kershaw, Spencer Strider and Zack Wheeler as the favorites to win the NL Cy Young Award.

Gallen next takes the mound on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. He finished fifth place in the voting last season.

The game is scheduled for 11:10 a.m. and can be heard on ESPN 620 AM and 98.7 FM HD-2.

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