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Ken Giles | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Yavapai (AZ) JC
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 7 (0) / PHI
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Astros' manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday that he's unlikely to use closer Ken Giles to protect a lead in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday.
Giles came on in a 1-1 game in the ninth inning of Game 4, and allowed a single, walk and RBI double before he was removed. It'll be interesting to see who Hinch trusts on Sunday to come on after Dallas Keuchel. Hinch also added that he told Giles he'd get the ball again during the series, but that he didn't know what the situation would be. Oct 29 - 4:55 PM

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Ken Giles gave up three runs without recording an out in taking the loss in Saturday's World Series Game 4 against the Dodgers.

Giles entered in the top of the ninth in a tie game and proceeded to give up a single to Corey Seager before walking Justin Turner. Cody Bellinger then delivered the big blow, an RBI double that gave the Dodgers their first lead and spelled the end of the night for the Astros closer. Two more runs were credited to Giles after he exited. Giles has now allowed at least one run in six of his seven postseason appearances to date, owning a 11.74 ERA and 2.22 WHIP in 7 2/3 innings. If Astros manager A.J. Hinch uses Giles in another high-leverage spot this postseason, it'll be a shock.
Oct 28 - 11:35 PM

Ken Giles allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while securing only one out as the Astros dropped Game 4 of the ALCS to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Giles was called into action with two men on and zero outs in the bottom of the eighth, with the Astros leading 4-2. Not only could he not put out the fire, but he stoked it even further. Houston's bullpen has been abysmal so far in this postseason and the American League Championship Series is now tied 2-2.
Oct 17 - 9:02 PM

Astros' manager A.J. Hinch said Saturday that he wouldn't rule out using closer Ken Giles in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Yankees.

Giles threw 37 pitches on Friday, recording the final five outs against the Yankees in Game 1 of the series. While Hinch would probably like to avoid going to Giles on Saturday, he'll still be in the mix if necessary.
Oct 14 - 3:12 PM

Ken Giles pitched 1 2/3 innings of one-run baseball and notched four strikeouts to earn a save against the Yankees on Friday.

He was called upon in the eighth inning to squelch a potential rally. He wild-pitched an inherited runner to second base and allowed a walk but induced a groundout from Aaron Judge and punched out Didi Gregorius to end the threat. Giles allowed a solo home run to Greg Bird in the ninth inning but was able to strike out the side as well. It was his second save of the post-season.
Oct 14 - 12:10 AM

Ken Giles gave up a run but hung on to get a save to close out the Red Sox in the Astros' ALDS Game 4 win Monday.

Giles was asked to get the final six outs of this one after the Astros took the lead in the top of the eighth inning. He breezed through the bottom of that frame before giving up an inside-the-park homer to Rafael Devers to lead off the ninth. Giles rebounded to retire the next three hitters to finish things off.
Oct 9 - 5:49 PM

Ken Giles tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Red Sox for his 34th save of the season.

Asked to hold a one-run lead, Giles gave up a two-out double, but he induced a ground out from Rafael Devers to escape with the victory. The 27-year-old hasn’t allowed a run in his last eight appearances. He’s sitting on a 2.30 ERA and 83/21 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings this season.
Sep 29 - 10:44 PM

Ken Giles worked out of a jam for his 33rd save of the season Friday versus the Angels.

It wasn’t easy, as Giles gave up leadoff single to Ben Revere before walking Kole Calhoun. That brought Mike Trout to the plate as the tying run, but Giles got him to ground into a double play. Justin Upton then fouled out to first base to end the game. Giles has a ridiculous 1.27 ERA in 27 appearances during the second half.
Sep 23 - 2:10 AM

Ken Giles struck out the side to notch his 32nd save of the season on Tuesday versus the White Sox.

On to protect a two-run lead, Giles allowed a leadoff single to Tim Anderson but then disposed of the each of the next three batters via the strikeout. The Astros' closer has whiffed 82 while walking just 19 over 59 2/3 innings this season.
Sep 19 - 11:24 PM

Ken Giles worked a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Sunday versus the Mariners.

Giles gave up three singles but tallied two strikeouts to preserve a 7-1 lead as the Astros officially clinched the American League West. The 26-year-old closer boasts a 2.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 79/19 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings this season.
Sep 17 - 5:09 PM

Ken Giles turned in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save against the Mariners on Friday.

He gave up a one-out double to catcher Mike Zunino but ended the game by striking out pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach. Giles now has 31 saves in 35 chances to go with a 2.50 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings.
Sep 16 - 12:40 AM

Ken Giles needed just seven pitches in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Angels for his 30th save of the season.

Giles bounced back nicely after being tagged for two runs, three hits and a walk while failing to retire any batters in a blown save in Oakland on Friday night. He has 11 scoreless appearances over his past 12 outings. Despite the rocky outing last time out he is one of the more reliable closers in the game.
Sep 13 - 2:09 AM

Ken Giles took a blown save and a loss after giving up two runs without retiring a batter Friday against the A's.

After entering with an 8-7 lead, Giles gave up a game-tying homer to the first batter he faced, Boog Powell. A single, a walk and a game-winning single followed. It was Giles' fourth blown save in 33 chances. He hadn't given up multiple runs or taken a loss since June 6.
Sep 9 - 1:58 AM

Ken Giles struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday against the Mariners for his 29th save of the season.

Giles hasn't allowed a run over his past 12 2/3 innings since blowing a save on Aug. 10 on the road against the White Sox. He has been especially effective in September, working three perfect innings in three appearances with no hits or walks allowed while whiffing seven.
Sep 6 - 2:58 AM

Ken Giles got a six-out save Thursday as the Astros beat the Rangers 5-1.

Alex Cora, managing in place of the ejected A.J. Hinch, opted to bring in Giles to face the heart of the Texas order in a 2-1 game in the eighth. That worked out great, and the Astros scored three times in the bottom of the inning. At that point, Cora could have turned to Luke Gregerson or Will Harris. However, he elected to stay with Giles, much to the delight of Giles' fantasy owners. Giles ended up throwing 31 pitches, so it's unclear if he'll be available Friday.
Aug 31 - 4:25 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
3Max Stassi
4Tim Federowicz
1B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Tyler White
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
2Colin Moran
3J.D. Davis
LF1Derek Fisher
2Tony Kemp
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Marwin Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Justin Verlander
3Lance McCullers
4Collin McHugh
5Charlie Morton
6Brad Peacock
7Brady Rodgers
8David Paulino
9Cionel Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Chris Devenski
3Joe Smith
4Will Harris
5Hector Rondon
6Tony Sipp
7Michael Feliz
8Francis Martes
9Joe Musgrove
10Reymin Guduan
11James Hoyt
12Jandel Gustave
13Anthony Gose
14Matt Ramsey