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Astros demote struggling closer Ken Giles

The Houston Astros have optioned relief pitcher Ken Giles to Triple A Fresno the team announced Wednesday Ken Giles sent down to Astros' Triple-A affiliate after 9th inning meltdown
Cary Erickson | 12 July, 2018, 16:37

Astros reliever Ken Giles has been demoted to Triple-A after an outburst during the ninth inning of an Astros win Tuesday. But Giles has memorably sunk the "Stros in high-leverage spots this season".

He's probably not going to accomplish that feat by cursing out Hinch, though, which is what he did after being pulled from Tuesday's game against the Athletics. It has been a season of woe so far for Giles, whom the Astros have entrusted the closer role. Giles has saved 61 games for the Astros but was wildly inconsistent during the team's 2017 World Series run, posting an uncharacteristic 11.74 ERA. He collapsed during the postseason, though, and that has carried over into 2018, with his bad outing Wednesday raising his ERA to 4.99. But he's also seen his hard-contact rate rise by roughly 10 percent and been generally more hittable, averaging 10.6 hits per nine innings pitched against last year's mark of 6.3.

With the Phillies, Giles struck out 151 batters in 115.2 innings, allowed just 20 earned runs over that time and finished fourth in rookie of the year voting his first season.

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"F-k you, man", was Giles' response to Hinch pulling him.

Giles' troubles date back to the playoffs last season. After the game, Hinch told reporters (Twitter link via Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle): "That stuff happens in the heat of battle". I didn't hear anything.