During the height of his career, Gallardo could depend on his four-seamer to be one of his best pitches. Now, with the zip on the pitch gone and its movement well below average, it’s a very poor offering. It allowed 90.5% contact and horrible 3.8% whiff rate.
This pitch generated a healthy 51.9% ground balls for Gallardo, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a .329 BABIP against the pitch that resulted in opponents posting a .341 average and 172 wRC+ against it.
The slider was the only pitch from Gallardo that generated a positive pitch value, coming in at 0.4. Still, it had terrible movement and racked up a measly 7.7% whiff rate, failing to get hitters to chase it out of the zone.
For a pitch with such poor movement, Gallardo’s curveball was left in the zone far too often. The result was an 8.3% whiff rate, which helped opponents absolutely mash the pitch. They posted a 210 wRC+ and slugged .758 (!) against it.
Surprisingly, Gallardo’s changeup had above-average arm-side run and average drop to it. It didn’t miss bats, elicit chases or generate grounders though, and as a result, opponents slugged .568 against it with a .341 average.