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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 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

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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

Ken Giles' arbitration hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona.

Giles requested a $4.6 million salary and was offered $4.2 million from the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. A panel will select one of those numbers, with an announcement likely coming Friday. Giles registered a stellar 2.30 ERA with 83 strikeouts in 62 2/3 regular-season innings last year for the World Series champions, tallying 34 saves.
Jan 31 - 2:13 PM

Ken Giles requested $4.6 million and was offered $4.2 million by the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The sides are close enough together that they are likely to settle somewhere in the middle before the arbitration hearing next month. Giles turned in a 2.30 ERA with 83 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings and saved 34 games for the Astros last year.
Jan 12 - 6:27 PM

Astros' manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday that he's unlikely to use closer Ken Giles to protect a lead in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday.

Giles came on in a 1-1 game in the ninth inning of Game 4, and allowed a single, walk and RBI double before he was removed. It'll be interesting to see who Hinch trusts on Sunday to come on after Dallas Keuchel. Hinch also added that he told Giles he'd get the ball again during the series, but that he didn't know what the situation would be.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 04:55:00 PM

Ken Giles gave up three runs without recording an out in taking the loss in Saturday's World Series Game 4 against the Dodgers.

Giles entered in the top of the ninth in a tie game and proceeded to give up a single to Corey Seager before walking Justin Turner. Cody Bellinger then delivered the big blow, an RBI double that gave the Dodgers their first lead and spelled the end of the night for the Astros closer. Two more runs were credited to Giles after he exited. Giles has now allowed at least one run in six of his seven postseason appearances to date, owning a 11.74 ERA and 2.22 WHIP in 7 2/3 innings. If Astros manager A.J. Hinch uses Giles in another high-leverage spot this postseason, it'll be a shock.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 11:35:00 PM

Ken Giles allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while securing only one out as the Astros dropped Game 4 of the ALCS to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Giles was called into action with two men on and zero outs in the bottom of the eighth, with the Astros leading 4-2. Not only could he not put out the fire, but he stoked it even further. Houston's bullpen has been abysmal so far in this postseason and the American League Championship Series is now tied 2-2.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 09:02:00 PM

Astros' manager A.J. Hinch said Saturday that he wouldn't rule out using closer Ken Giles in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Yankees.

Giles threw 37 pitches on Friday, recording the final five outs against the Yankees in Game 1 of the series. While Hinch would probably like to avoid going to Giles on Saturday, he'll still be in the mix if necessary.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 03:12:00 PM

Ken Giles pitched 1 2/3 innings of one-run baseball and notched four strikeouts to earn a save against the Yankees on Friday.

He was called upon in the eighth inning to squelch a potential rally. He wild-pitched an inherited runner to second base and allowed a walk but induced a groundout from Aaron Judge and punched out Didi Gregorius to end the threat. Giles allowed a solo home run to Greg Bird in the ninth inning but was able to strike out the side as well. It was his second save of the post-season.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 12:10:00 AM

Ken Giles gave up a run but hung on to get a save to close out the Red Sox in the Astros' ALDS Game 4 win Monday.

Giles was asked to get the final six outs of this one after the Astros took the lead in the top of the eighth inning. He breezed through the bottom of that frame before giving up an inside-the-park homer to Rafael Devers to lead off the ninth. Giles rebounded to retire the next three hitters to finish things off.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 05:49:00 PM

Ken Giles tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Red Sox for his 34th save of the season.

Asked to hold a one-run lead, Giles gave up a two-out double, but he induced a ground out from Rafael Devers to escape with the victory. The 27-year-old hasn’t allowed a run in his last eight appearances. He’s sitting on a 2.30 ERA and 83/21 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings this season.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 10:44:00 PM

Ken Giles worked out of a jam for his 33rd save of the season Friday versus the Angels.

It wasn’t easy, as Giles gave up leadoff single to Ben Revere before walking Kole Calhoun. That brought Mike Trout to the plate as the tying run, but Giles got him to ground into a double play. Justin Upton then fouled out to first base to end the game. Giles has a ridiculous 1.27 ERA in 27 appearances during the second half.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 02:10:00 AM

Ken Giles struck out the side to notch his 32nd save of the season on Tuesday versus the White Sox.

On to protect a two-run lead, Giles allowed a leadoff single to Tim Anderson but then disposed of the each of the next three batters via the strikeout. The Astros' closer has whiffed 82 while walking just 19 over 59 2/3 innings this season.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 11:24:00 PM

Ken Giles worked a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Sunday versus the Mariners.

Giles gave up three singles but tallied two strikeouts to preserve a 7-1 lead as the Astros officially clinched the American League West. The 26-year-old closer boasts a 2.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 79/19 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings this season.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 05:09:00 PM

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