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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
Contract: view contract details
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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

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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

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that he doesn't plan to announce the club's closer until Sunday.

Hinch is trolling all fantasy owners who draft this weekend, though the likelihood remains that Ken Giles will wind up securing the role. Giles may have already been named to the role, had he not posted a troublesome 6.75 ERA over his 9 1/3 innings of Cactus League play. It makes Luke Gregerson an interesting late flier though in the off-chance that he sticks with the veteran right-hander to begin the season.
Apr 1 - 8:41 PM

MLB.com's Brian McTaggart expects Ken Giles to open the season as the Astros' closer.

In fact, he tweeted "GILES IS THE CLOSER" emphatically when asked if Luke Gregerson might have a chance to get the ninth inning gig. There had been speculation that it could be Gregerson due to Giles' poor spring and manager A.J. Hinch's refusal to officially name a closer. However, McTaggart is plugged into the team well so there's no reason to doubt his intuition here. The hard-thrower's shaky Grapefruit League showing (7.56 ERA) is a tad worrisome, but he still has elite closer upside.
Mar 31 - 4:50 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Monday that he's not ready to name a closer.

"I'm trying to deflate some of the eagerness of status," said Hinch. "I'd like our bullpen to be good and I'd like all of them to embrace pitching to help us win, which they do. We will line it up accordingly like most people are accustomed to it. It doesn't mean the same guy is going to get the save all the time." Ken Giles was the assumed favorite coming into camp, but he owns a 7.56 ERA this spring even after pitching a scoreless inning (granted, with two hits allowed) on Monday. Luke Gregerson has missed most of the spring with a strained intercostal muscle, but he struck out the side on nine pitches in his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday. Hinch isn't tipping his hand, but suddenly it looks like Gregerson could have the edge. It's worth noting that the Astros have some financial incentive to keep Gregerson in the closer role and use Giles in a set-up capacity.
Mar 28 - 11:18 PM

Ken Giles allowed a run in 1 1/3 innings Friday against the Braves.

Giles got three groundouts in his first inning of work. In the second, he gave up a leadoff double to Gordon Beckham and then got an out when Julio Teheran tried (and failed) to bunt him over. He was lifted afterwards, and the runner came around to score. All in all, it was a second straight positive outing for Giles. As shaky as he's been this spring, he still looks like the Astros' answer at closer.
Mar 25 - 3:55 PM

Ken Giles finally had a perfect inning Wednesday in the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Astros.

Giles struck out two of the three batters he faced, showing good velocity and snapping off several sharp sliders. He had been struggling mightily this spring in Cactus League play, but it was never a huge concern for fantasy owners because Luke Gregerson has been sidelined with an intercostal strain. Giles can now be expected to open the 2016 season as the Astros' closer, assuming his next outing isn't a complete bust. Gregerson (intercostal) might be ready for the season, but he'll almost certainly be in a setup role.
Mar 23 - 8:54 PM

Ken Giles gave up two runs and three hits in his inning of work Sunday against the Phillies.

With his 10.80 ERA in five innings, Giles is still having problems this spring, leading to more questions about the closer's role in Houston. Fortunately for Giles, Luke Gregerson has been hurt and unable to make his own case for the job. Giles still has time to seize it if he finishes strong. The good news is that his velocity has been strong all spring. Last year, it was down early on.
Mar 20 - 5:08 PM

Ken Giles turned in his first scoreless inning of the spring Monday against the Nationals.

Giles had allowed runs in three consecutive appearances coming into this one. He retired three of the four batters he faced today, walking the other.
Mar 14 - 4:31 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
1B1Marwin Gonzalez
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Colby Rasmus
CF1Carlos Gomez
2Jake Marisnick
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
2Preston Tucker
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Doug Fister
5Mike Fiers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Will Harris
2Ken Giles
3Luke Gregerson
4Tony Sipp
5Pat Neshek
6Scott Feldman
7Michael Feliz
8Chris Devenski