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Ken Giles | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Yavapai (AZ) JC
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 7 (0) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Ken Giles retired all five batters he faced, striking out three of them, for his 24th save Friday against the A's.
Gules has been excellent of late, but the save tonight was just his second of August and sixth since the beginning of July. The Astros are the AL's winningest team, but they've given Giles just 27 save chances while going 75-47. Compare that to Alex Colome, who has 35 saves in 40 chances for a 60-64 Rays team. Aug 18 - 11:47 PM

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Ken Giles picked up his 23rd save of the season with two scoreless innings of work in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

Giles took over for an ineffective Chris Devinski with two runners on and nobody out in the eighth inning. The Astros were clinging to a 2-1 lead at the time. Following a sacrifice to move the runners over, Joey Gallo lined into a double play to end that threat. Giles would go on to allow a one-out single to Rougned Odor in the ninth, but worked around that hit without issue. In 44 innings this season, the hard-throwing right-hander owns a 2.86 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 56/16 K/BB ratio. He is now 23-for-26 in save chances.
Aug 13 - 6:29 PM

Ken Giles picked up his 22nd save of the season on Friday, striking out two in a scoreless inning of work against the Tigers.

Giles was called upon to protect a one-run lead and retired all three hitters he faced without issue. The Astros' stopper boasts a 3.11 ERA and 1.04 WHIP while converting 22 of his 24 save chances this season.
Jul 28 - 11:39 PM

Ken Giles earned his 21st save of the season, recording the final out of Friday's victory over the Orioles.

It didn't look as though the Astros' closer would be needed, as they entered the ninth inning with a six-run advantage, but he was summoned after Jonathan Schoop's three-run homer trimmed that lead to one. Giles wasted no time, whiffing Chris Davis to put the game on ice. He boasts a 3.28 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 41/14 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings on the year.
Jul 21 - 10:20 PM

Ken Giles worked a perfect 11-pitch ninth inning for his 17th save of the season Monday in Oakland.

Giles kicked off the month of June in rather shaky fashion, allowing four runs over his first three innings, including a blown save June 6 in Kansas City. However, the closer appeared to have righted the ship with three perfect innings over his past four appearances with five strikeouts and a pair of saves. He remains solidly entrenched as Houston's closer.
Jun 20 - 2:13 AM

Ken Giles worked around a lead-off walk to strike out the side and earn a save against the Angels on Saturday.

He walked Albert Pujols to begin the ninth inning but then punched out Yunel Escobar, C.J. Cron and Martin Maldonado consecutively to end the game. Giles has been a little wobbly of late but has only blown two out of 18 save chances. He has a 3.91 ERA with 32 strikeouts and nine walks in 25 1/3 innings. Giles is still solidly entrenched in his closer role but the Astros may give him a little less leash than other clubs would simply because they have several other really good relievers to replace him with if he struggles for any length of time.
Jun 10 - 10:08 PM

Ken Giles blew a save in the eighth inning and then took a loss in the ninth inning Tuesday in Kansas City.

Giles entered with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning with the Astros nursing a three-run lead and he promptly gave up a bases-clearing double to Whit Merrifield. He got a strikeout to end the eighth and the retired the first two batters of the ninth, but then Salvador Perez singled and Mike Moustakas launched a walk-off, two-run homer. Giles hasn't had a ton of work because the Astros have been blowing everyone out, but he's now been scored upon in each of his last three appearances.
Jun 7 - 12:03 AM

Ken Giles allowed an earned run, a hit and a walk while striking out two batters in the ninth inning Saturday at Texas for save No. 15.

Giles has allowed an earned run in each of his two outings in the month of June, but he is in no danger of losing his role as the team's closer. He went 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 11 appearances in May, converting eight of his nine save chances. He'll send fans and fantasy owners in search of the stomach relief medicine on occasion, but generally he is getting the job done for the team with the league's best record.
Jun 4 - 1:48 AM

Ken Giles tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Orioles on Friday for his 14th save of the season.

Giles needed just nine pitches to complete the frame and notched one strikeout along the way. The hard-throwing right-hander has converted each of his last seven save chances and hasn’t allowed a run in his last six appearances.
May 26 - 11:38 PM

Ken Giles nailed down his 12th save of the season Monday in the Astros' 1-0 defeat of the Tigers.

Giles struck out two of the three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning to finish off a combined shutout that was initiated by Brad Peacock's terrific spot start. Giles has a 3.44 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 23/7 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings this season, and he's 12-for-13 in save opportunities for the American League West-leading Astros.
May 22 - 11:50 PM

Ken Giles converted his 11th save of the season Wednesday afternoon against the Marlins.

Giles issued a two-out walk to J.T. Riddle but induced a lineout from Tyler Moore to seal the 3-0 shutout victory and a series sweep for Houston. Giles struck out one batter in Wednesday's appearance and now holds a 3.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 19/7 K/BB ratio through 16 1/3 innings this season.
May 17 - 3:18 PM

Ken Giles allowed a run on two hits and a walk but secured the save, with some help from his defense, in Thursday's win over the Yankees.

Giles was walking a tightrope with two runners in scoring position and two outs, and a Gary Sanchez single through the left side of the infield threatened to allow the tying run to score and saddle the reliever with the blown save. Instead, left fielder Jake Marisnick gunned down Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate for the final out, preventing the run and giving Giles his 10th save in 11 tries. It hasn't always been pretty -- Giles owns a 4.20 ERA through 15 innings of work -- but his 10 saves lead the AL.
May 11 - 10:44 PM

Ken Giles nailed down his ninth save of the season Wednesday in the Astros' 4-2 victory over the Braves.

Giles worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning on just 11 pitches, eight of which went for strikes. The hard-throwing Houston closer is 9-for-10 in save opportunities this season with a 3.86 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 17/4 K/BB ratio in 14 innings.
May 10 - 5:32 PM

Ken Giles took a blown save after coming in with the bases loaded and none out in the ninth inning Friday against the Angels.

Why A.J. Hinch let starter Dallas Keuchel load the bases before finally yanking him in the ninth is anyone's guess. Not only did Giles have to deal with that mess, but Mike Trout was the man up when he entered the game. Trout hit the first of three singles that Giles gave up on his way to blowing the save. He at least preserved the tie, so the blown save shouldn't be held against him by Hinch. Really, the blown save should be credited to Hinch instead.
May 6 - 2:56 AM

Ken Giles nailed down his sixth save of the season Sunday versus the Athletics.

Giles was called on in the top of the ninth after Brad Peacock gave up back-to-back walks to load the bases. Houston's hard-throwing closer got Yonder Alonso to line out to seal the 7-2 victory.
Apr 30 - 5:33 PM

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