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Ken Giles | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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 earned his ninth save Wednesday in the Astros’ win over the Giants.
He opened the ninth inning by allowing a leadoff single to Brandon Belt but recovered by setting down the next three men in order. Giles never makes things easy, but remains a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities this year. Manager A.J. Hinch won’t hesitate to sit Giles down if he goes through a rough patch—it’s already happened once this year. But for now, it looks like the right-hander has a good handle on things. May 23 - 6:29 PM

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Ken Giles slammed the door on the Indians in the ninth inning on Sunday, recording the final two outs to earn his eighth save of the season.

Giles came on with a man at third and one out in the ninth, allowing the inherited runner to score before closing out the ballgame. He has now converted each of his first eight save chances on the season while compiling a 3.60 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 12/0 K/BB ratio in his 15 innings of work.
May 20 - 11:00 PM

Ken Giles didn't allow a run while picking up his sixth save of the season on Tuesday against the Angels.

Giles allowed one hit, and he struck out two to earn the save. That makes three straight scoreless appearances for the Houston reliever, and outside of his blowup against the Yankees, he hasn't allowed a run in his last 10 outings.
May 16 - 1:35 AM

Ken Giles worked a scoreless ninth on Wednesday against the Athletics to earn his fifth save of the season.

Giles didn't give up a hit, and he didn't walk or strikeout anyone. It's the first time this year that Giles has been able to pick up saves on back-to-back days, and outside of his infamous blowup against the Yankees on May Day, he's pitched more like the version we saw for most of 2017 over his last 10 outings.
May 9 - 6:33 PM

Ken Giles gave up four runs in the ninth to take a loss after entering a 0-0 game against the Yankees on Tuesday.

Giles had retired 19 straight hitters in his previous seven appearances, but four of the five batters he faced reached against him tonight, with Gary Sanchez's three-run homer serving as the big blow. With his hold on the closer's gig still a little sketchy, the meltdown could hurt. Still, he should be in decent shape as long as he bounces back next time out.
May 1 - 11:24 PM

Ken Giles notched his third save by striking out the side in the ninth Monday against the Yankees.

Giles needed just 13 pitches to fan Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks. It has to be a nice confidence boost for him with the way his closer gig has come into question in Houston. He's still allowed just two runs in 10 innings this year.
Apr 30 - 11:05 PM

Ken Giles (back) worked a scoreless ninth inning in Friday's victory over the White Sox.

Giles set down the White Sox in order on just nine pitches. The right-hander had been unavailable the last few days due to a back issue, but it appears all is well now. He should resume his closing duties the next time a save situation arises.
Apr 21 - 7:48 AM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday that Ken Giles has been unavailable for the last couple of games due to a back issue.

And it sounds like the hard-throwing closer won't be available on Thursday, either, with a DL stint looming as a possibility. "When we got to Seattle he reported a little bit of back soreness and it’s progressively gotten a little bit worse to where he can’t go yet," said Hinch. "Right now given that he can’t move around and do the things that he normally does, it’s a little concerning." Chris Devenski should already be owned in all standard fantasy leagues.
Apr 19 - 2:04 PM

Ken Giles recorded his first save of the season on Monday night against the Twins.

Giles nearly let up a game-tying two-run homer to Byron Buxton, but it hooked just foul and Buxton ultimately grounded out to second base to end the game. Brad Peacock earned a save on Sunday against the Padres and Chris Devenski actually started the ninth inning on Monday in Minnesota, but Giles is still the primary saves man for the defending World Series champs.
Apr 10 - 12:03 AM

Astros' manager A.J. Hinch said prior to Sunday's game that Ken Giles was unavailable.

That helps to explain why it was Brad Peacock that came on to work the ninth inning in a save opportunity against the Padres. Peacock looked good though, retiring the side on order with one strikeout. Giles is in no danger of losing his job, at the moment, but recall that he did fall out of favor with Hinch and the coaching staff during the postseason last year.
Apr 8 - 7:58 PM

Pitching in a non-save situation, Ken Giles allowed one run in the ninth inning to finish off the Astros’ Opening Day victory over the Rangers on Thursday.

Giles gave up a leadoff double to Elvis Andrus, who eventually moved over to third base when Nomar Mazara flew out to right. The Astros’ closer then uncorked a wild pitch, which allowed Andrus to score from third base. Giles gave up a two-out single to Shin-Soo Choo, but managed to avoid any further damage to complete the victory. The hard-throwing 27-year-old really struggled during the postseason last year, but he needs to be treated as a top-10 fantasy closer in this situation.
Mar 29 - 6:53 PM

Ken Giles struck out three of the four batters he faced Thursday against the Marlins.

Giles gave up four unearned runs in an outing three weeks ago, but that's the only real blemish on his spring ledger. He's struck out 10 and walked one in 6 2/3 innings.
Mar 22 - 7:03 PM

Ken Giles pitched a perfect inning Tuesday against the Mets.

Giles gave up four unearned runs in his second appearance of the spring, but he's pitched three hitless innings with three strikeouts and one walk since. He's yet to allow an earned run in 4 2/3 innings.
Mar 13 - 5:34 PM

Ken Giles gave up four runs -- all unearned -- in 2/3 of an inning against the Mets in Friday's Grapefruit League game.

Things went south in a hurry as leadoff batter Todd Frazier reached base on an error by third baseman Randy Cesar. Giles gave up three hits in the inning but one of them was an infield single. He had given up three runs when he was lifted, only to see reliever Trent Thornton surrender a triple to Brandon Nimmo that plated another run charged to Giles. The veteran right-hander will serve as the Astros' closer again this season. He had 34 saves, a 2.30 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings last year.
Mar 2 - 10:13 PM

Ken Giles won his arbitration case against the Astros and will earn a $4.6 million salary in 2018.

The Astros had filed at $4.2 million. The Astros' closer enters the season on shaky ground after being removed from his ninth-inning gig during the postseason. He was terrific with a 2.30 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 62 2/3 frames during the regular season however while recording 34 saves.
Feb 3 - 1:43 PM

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