What’s the secret to Sam Gaviglio’s early-season success?

For the life of me, I can’t figure out what’s going on with Sam Gaviglio this year. With reams of data available and logic suggesting otherwise, Gaviglio has been a godsend for the Blue Jays’ bullpen this season.
Last year, he made the second-most starts of any Blue Jays pitcher, purely because the team’s rotation was ravaged by injuries and they had no choice but to hand the ball to Gaviglio every five days.
This season is a much different story for Gaviglio. He’s flourishing in a new middle-relief role with the Blue Jays, posting some of the best numbers among Blue Jays relievers. Gaviglio, of all people, is having an All-Star calibre first half of the season.
The numbers suggest Gaviglio won’t post a sub-1.00 ERA at season’s end, but Charlie Montoyo has found a way to maximize the value out of the 28-year-old right-hander. Which brings me back to my original question … how on earth is Gaviglio doing it?
At first, I thought something might’ve changed in his delivery or his release point. Pete Walker is known for tinkering with pitcher’s deliveries, moving them around on the mound and helping …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

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