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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
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Ken Giles earned his 14th save of the year Sunday in the Astros' victory over the Angels.
Giles was hit on the wrist by a batting practice ball on Saturday but escaped without any major injuries. He walked one and struck out two in a hitless ninth inning Sunday at Minute Maid Park. Sep 25 - 4:42 PM

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X-rays on Ken Giles' injured right wrist came back negative.

Well that's a relief. Giles went down with a scary wrist injury after getting smoked by a line drive in batting practice but it looks like he's going to be okay. The Astros are calling his injury a "right wrist contusion." It's safe to assume Giles won't be available against Oakland on Saturday (he probably wouldn't have been anyway after blowing a two-run lead the night before) but he shouldn't miss much time. Consider him day-to-day.
Sep 24 - 7:07 PM

Ken Giles was carted off after taking a line drive off his right wrist during Saturday's batting practice.

Giles was warming up in the outfield when a ball struck his wrist. He went down immediately and seemed to be in a great deal of pain. Beat writers described it as a "scary scene." Giles is obviously headed for X-rays and manager A.J. Hinch did not seem optimistic about his status. This comes less than 24 hours after Giles blew a two-run lead in an ugly loss to Oakland. Luke Gregerson will likely handle closer duties during his absence.
Sep 24 - 5:29 PM

Ken Giles blew a save in epic fashion Friday against the Angels, giving up six runs on three hits and three walks.

Now that’s a meltdown. Giles gave up a leadoff single to Cliff Pennington before serving up a game-tying homer to Yunel Escobar. Things only got worse from there, as Mike Trout drew a walk with one out and eventually stole second base. The Astros elected to intentionally walk Albert Pujols after that, but C.J. Cron responded with an RBI single. Giles then uncorked a wild pitch and walked Andrelton Simmons to load the bases before being pulled. All three runs eventually came around to score. Giles’ ERA jumped from 3.47 to 4.31 with the nightmare performance. Not the best timing for fantasy owners.
Sep 24 - 12:08 AM

Ken Giles punched out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to earn a save versus the Mariners on Saturday.

The 25-year-old reliever got off to a brutal start to the season and quickly lost his ninth-inning job. He has pitched well since early May and has regained the mantle as closer. Giles now has 11 saves and a 3.64 ERA. He has a very impressive 92 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings.
Sep 18 - 1:02 AM

Ken Giles struggled in a blown save Tuesday, allowing two runs in a loss to the Rangers.

Giles was a few inches from an uneventful outing, but a wild pitch on a strikeout of Rougned Odor allowed Odor to scamper down to first base with one out. Giles then struck out Mitch Moreland for what would have been the third out, but the extra out came back to haunt him after Elvis Andrus laced a run-scoring triple and Jurickson Profar followed with an RBI single to sink him. The blown save was the fourth of the year for Giles, and he's 2-4 with a 3.64 ERA in 62 games. His job is safe, but the Astros' playoff chances are anything but after Tuesday's disaster.
Sep 13 - 11:19 PM

Ken Giles allowed an unearned run but hung on to record the save in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

Giles certainly didn't get any help from his catcher, Evan Gattis, who had a passed ball and a throwing error that allowed the run to score. The closer managed to escape, though, getting a groundout to strand the tying run at second base. Giles has often been shaky since taking over at closer, but he's yet to blow a save.
Sep 6 - 10:47 PM

Ken Giles struck out two Athletics over a scoreless inning of work Tuesday to earn his sixth save.

Giles had been a little shaky of late, allowing runs in four of his previous seven appearances, so it was good to see him make quick work of the A's hitters. Five of his six saves have come this month, and despite the runs allowed, Giles has yet to blow a save chance in August. He's got a 3.61 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 81/15 K/BB ratio over 52 1/3 innings overall this year.
Aug 30 - 11:37 PM

Ken Giles tallied his fifth save Wednesday in the Astros' victory over the Pirates.

Giles whiffed both Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco in a flawless bottom of the ninth inning at PNC Park. He now has a 3.58 ERA and 78/15 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 total frames this season for Houston, and he's converted four straight saves since officially taking over the club's ninth-inning role on August 2.
Aug 24 - 3:53 PM

Ken Giles allowed an unearned run but hung on to convert a save in Monday's win over the Pirates.

Giles served up a two-out ground rule double to Gregory Polanco and watched Polanco score after David Freese reached on an infield single and Alex Bregman threw the ball away. However, Freese tried to advance to second base and was thrown out to end the game. Giles has converted all three of his save chances since taking over as closer, although he's allowed a run in each of those three appearances.
Aug 22 - 9:46 PM

Astros activated RHP Ken Giles from the paternity leave list.

Giles was excused over the weekend to welcome a child. He will be back in the closer role for Houston for Tuesday night's series opener against the Cardinals. Will Harris vultured one save in Giles' absence.
Aug 15 - 2:14 PM

Astros placed RHP Ken Giles on the paternity leave list.

He'll miss the entire weekend series against the Blue Jays. Will Harris figures to serve as the Astros' closer while Giles is away.
Aug 12 - 3:36 PM

Ken Giles will be placed on the paternity leave list before Friday's game against the Blue Jays.

He's not traveling with the team to Toronto this weekend. The Astros are expected to activate Luke Gregerson (oblique) from the disabled list in the corresponding roster move. Will Harris should be in line for save chances with Giles away this weekend.
Aug 11 - 10:41 PM

Ken Giles allowed a run but finished off the Twins on Tuesday to earn his second save of the season.

Giles gave up a leadoff double that came around to score, and he walked Joe Mauer with two outs to bring the tying run to the plate, but he fanned Max Kepler to end the threat and the game. The save was the second for the 25-year-old and the first since he was officially installed as the Astros' closer a week ago. Giles owns a 3.77 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 70/15 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings to date.
Aug 10 - 12:02 AM

Ken Giles will take over at closer for the Astros beginning Tuesday night.

Will Harris had a rough July and blew his third save Monday night against the Blue Jays, so the job finally falls into Giles' hands. The hard-throwing 25-year-old right-hander hasn't allowed a run since mid-June and he boasts a 23/4 K/BB ratio over his last 13 1/3 innings. Giles is obviously a must-own in all applicable fantasy formats.
Aug 2 - 5:28 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Max Stassi
1B1A.J. Reed
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Tyler White
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Luis Valbuena
3Colin Moran
LF1Alex Bregman
2Colby Rasmus
3Tony Kemp
CF1Jake Marisnick
2Teoscar Hernandez
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
2Preston Tucker
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Doug Fister
5Mike Fiers
6Joe Musgrove
7Brad Peacock
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Will Harris
3Luke Gregerson
4Tony Sipp
5Pat Neshek
6Michael Feliz
7Chris Devenski
8Jandel Gustave
9James Hoyt
10Brady Rodgers
11Kevin Chapman
12David Paulino