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Where does Zac Gallen stand among the league’s best pitchers?

Arizona Diamondbacks Zac Gallen (23) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Chase Field in Phoenix on July 7, 2023.
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After leading in the Cy Young odds for the first half of the 2023 season, a rough last couple of months caused him to finish 3rd in NL Cy Young voting.

Nevertheless, this was still an improvement from his 5th place finish the year prior.

The Diamondbacks’ ace wrapped up his 2023 campaign with a 17-9 record, 3.47 ERA, and struck out 220 batters through 210 innings.

Gallen’s performance extended beyond wins and losses; he secured the 3rd spot in the National League for quality starts, boasted the 4th fewest pitches per inning average, and ranked 6th in WHIP.

In a recent assessment by Joel Rueter of Bleacher Report, Gallen earned the 6th spot among the league’s best starting pitchers.

Names ahead of Gallen include Gerrit Cole, Blake Snell, Logan Webb, Sonny Gray, and Kyle Bradish.

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Does Zac Gallen deserve a higher rank among the league’s premier starting pitchers?

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