Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Astros demote struggling closer Ken Giles

Astros demote struggling closer Ken Giles

Between those two games and the one Tuesday, Giles allowed 10 earned runs while tallying one out.

The Houston Astros announced Wednesday that they have optioned reliever Ken Giles to Triple-A one day after he hurled an expletive at manager A.J. Hinch when he pulled him from a game. But Giles has memorably sunk the "Stros in high-leverage spots this season". It has been a season of woe so far for Giles, whom the Astros have entrusted the closer role.

Hinch came to the mound to take Giles out and the television broadcast caught the former Phillie appearing to curse at Hinch right after he walked by him on his way off the field. For Hinch's part, he said he didn't know if he was the target, but if it was, "we'll talk about it".

Giles came in with a 4-0 lead in the top of the ninth against the A's, but allowed three straight singles to load the bases and was promptly removed for Hector Rondon. And before you go pointing out that he is 12 for 12 in save opportunities with a zero ERA, you may want to compare that to his plus-six ERA in his other 22 relief appearances.

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More importantly, it looks like hitters have figured him out. Still, Giles is just 27 years old and will surely be back in the majors at some point.

Giles was traded to the Astros in December 2015 in exchange for pitchers Vince Velasquez, Tom Eshelman, and Brett Oberholtzer, as well as outfielder Derek Fisher.

And this incident, along with his generally churlish attitude, seemed out of place set against the backdrop of the mostly mild-mannered and fun-loving Astros clubhouse. He punched himself in the face after another bad outing.

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