Two months ago, calling Zac Gallen an NL Cy Young Award candidate would have been like calling the Diamondbacks a Wild Card contender earlier this week. Fun to dream about, but out of touch with reality.
After struggling to the tune of a 7.31 ERA in three starts from late June to early July, Gallen had a 3.62 ERA on the season. That is more than respectable, but it wasn’t the type of performance that would warrant Cy Young votes — or All-Star votes, for that matter.
When reflecting on Gallen’s first half, pitching coach Brent Strom knew there was more in the tank.