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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 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

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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

Astros closer Ken Giles worked a scoreless inning against the Nationals on Wednesday.

Giles gave up a run in his first appearance of the spring, but he's gone four scoreless innings since, striking out seven in the process. Hopefully, that means another slow start is not on the way. He had spring ERAs of 8.00 and 6.75 the previous two years.
Mar 15 - 4:29 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Tuesday that Ken Giles is expected to be the primary closer in 2017.

Giles finished last season in the closer role and that appears to be where Hinch is leaning to begin 2017. However, he's flexible in utilizing the back-end of his bullpen differently if the situation warrants. "I don't feel this angst of having to do the same thing and over again," said Hinch. "Your actions speak louder than any sort of declaration that I (make), and more times than not Ken's going to be at the back of the game. But I always want to leave it open to the fact that I might want to do something a little bit differently." Luke Gregerson and Will Harris are once again among the alternatives for the ninth inning.
Feb 14 - 3:29 PM

Ken Giles gave up a double and a walk to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning but did not give up a run while earning a save against the Angels on Saturday.

Giles has a fantastic 102 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings but has a knack for blowing up in epic fashion. It looked like another blowup was brewing tonight but he was able to escape without allowing a run. He has 15 saves and a 4.11 ERA with one game remaining.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 12:46:00 AM

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.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 04:42:00 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 07:07:00 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.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 05:29:00 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.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 12:08:00 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.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 01:02:00 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.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 11:19:00 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.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 10:47:00 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.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 11:37:00 PM

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2Evan Gattis
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2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
LF1Nori Aoki
2Teoscar Hernandez
3Tony Kemp
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Carlos Beltran
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S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Charlie Morton
5Mike Fiers
6Joe Musgrove
7Brad Peacock
8David Paulino
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R1Ken Giles
2Luke Gregerson
3Chris Devenski
4Will Harris
5Tony Sipp
6Michael Feliz
7Jandel Gustave
8James Hoyt