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Ken Giles | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (25) / 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 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

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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

Ken Giles suffered a blown save against the Reds on Saturday when he allowed a game-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning.

Giles, getting the call instead of Will Harris, yielded a leadoff single but recovered to strike out the next two batters and was one strike away from putting the game away when Adam Duvall launched the two-run blast to tie the score. It snapped a four-appearance scoreless stretch for the reliever, who has had a tough time in his first year with the Astros. Giles now owns a 5.52 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 29 1/3 innings this year.
Jun 18 - 7:51 PM

Ken Giles allowed a walk-off RBI double to Rougned Odor with two outs in the ninth inning of Monday's loss to the Rangers.

Entering a tie game, Giles struck out Ian Desmond to lead off the inning but then allowed a single to Nomar Mazara. After getting Adrian Beltre to ground into a fielder's choice, he permitted the two-bagger to Odor. It wasn't a save situation, but outings like this won't help as Giles tries to secure the closer job. Will Harris looks like the favorite for saves at the moment.
Jun 7 - 12:16 AM

Ken Giles handled ninth-inning duties against the Orioles on Thursday, allowing one run on two hits before shutting the door to earn his first save of the season.

Luke Gregerson had thrown 43 pitches over the previous two days, so it was Giles who got the call to close out the Orioles. Two singles in the inning produced a run, but Giles got Chris Davis to ground out as the tying run to end the game. Giles has settled down after a miserable start to the year, posting a 2.62 ERA this month with 13 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings. The closer's job is still Gregerson's to lose, but Giles looks more like a viable alternative, should Gregerson stumble, than he did a few weeks ago.
May 26 - 11:37 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he plans to "ease the burden of the 8th inning" off Ken Giles.

Oh how the mighty have fallen. The Astros sold the farm for Giles this offseason, expecting him to be their star closer. Not only did Giles lose the ninth-inning gig to Luke Gregerson, but now it looks like Hinch is going to give the setup role to someone else. "I'm out of whack," said Giles. "I'm not me right now." Will Harris and Pat Neshek could see more high-leverage chances while Giles works through his struggles.
Apr 30 - 9:07 PM

Ken Giles took a loss after giving up a two-run homer in a tie game Wednesday against the Royals.

The Astros are probably through pitching Giles in close games for a little while. He's been a mess since the beginning of the spring, and he's given up three homers in four regular-season games. It's still very likely that he'll turn it around and go back to being a dominant reliever, but he's not going to be a candidate for saves anytime soon.
Apr 13 - 11:56 PM

Ken Giles gave up a single and a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning Thursday against the Yankees.

Unfortunately, the loss when to Will Harris, who had a great sixth inning in a 5-5 game before giving up a one-out single in the seventh. Giles came in and allowed a single and then a three-run homer to Mark Teixeira. Though he was certainly the reliever at fault, his record was left unblemished. The two homers Giles has allowed this year match his total from 2015. It's going to be quite some time before the Astros think about going to him in the closer's role.
Apr 7 - 7:39 PM

Ken Giles allowed a solo home run to Didi Gregorius in the eighth inning Tuesday.

The shot to right-center opened the bottom of the eighth. Giles clamped down from there to protect the Astros' Opening Day lead, whiffing Jacoby Ellsbury and getting Brett Gardner looking before inducing a groundout from Alex Rodriguez. Luke Gregerson pitched the ninth inning and earned the save.
Apr 5 - 5:09 PM

Ken Giles will open the season in a setup role.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch made that announcement Monday morning in New York. Giles was considered the frontrunner for the ninth-inning gig as soon as the Astros made a blockbuster trade to acquire him on December 12, but he had a rough showing this spring in the Grapefruit League and so Luke Gregerson -- the Astros' incumbent at closer -- will hang on to his old job. At least as the 2016 regular season gets underway. Giles, owner of a brilliant 1.56 ERA with 151 strikeouts in 115 2/3 career major league frames, could eventually take over.
Apr 4 - 9:53 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
1B1A.J. Reed
2Marwin Gonzalez
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Luis Valbuena
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
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Will Harris
3Luke Gregerson
4Tony Sipp
5Pat Neshek
6Michael Feliz
7Chris Devenski
8Brad Peacock