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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 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

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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

Ken Giles worked a scoreless 10th inning to earn his fifth save Sunday versus the Rays.

Giles gave up a one-out single to Brad Miller but retired the other three batters he faced. The hard-throwing right-hander has looked sharp in four straight appearances after fighting through a rough stretch. He still carries top-tier closer potential on a very good Astros team.
Apr 23 - 5:03 PM

Ken Giles retired the side in order in the ninth inning Friday against the Rays for his fourth save of the season.

Giles struck out a pair and needed 12 pitches to get through the frame. After a bit of a rough patch, the hard-throwing right-hander has bounced back with three straight scoreless appearances. He’s 4-for-4 in save chances to go along with a 5.63 ERA and 13/4 K/BB ratio over eight innings overall. Astros manager A.J. Hinch isn’t afraid to use his bullpen in an unconventional fashion, but Giles is still primed to get most of the chances.
Apr 21 - 11:03 PM

Ken Giles struck out two in a perfect ninth Monday for a save against the Angels.

Giles had given up runs in three straight appearances. While his ERA is an unseemly 7.50, he has struck out 11 in six innings this season.
Apr 17 - 11:45 PM

Ken Giles picked up his second save in as many days with a scoreless ninth Tuesday against the Mariners.

Giles had velocity troubles in early 2015, but he remained effective anyway. Last year, he was simply a mess during the spring and April. This year, though, he's been on point from day one. What we're not sure about is whether he's ready to throw three days in a row yet. Luke Gregerson is in the same boat, so if the Astros have a save chance tomorrow, it might go to Will Harris.
Apr 4 - 11:54 PM

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