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Astros | Ken Giles finding his form?

Wed, 18 May 2016 15:57:32 -0700

Houston Astros RP Ken Giles touched 99 mph on the radar during his outing against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, May 17, and his fastball was at its best Tuesday, in the opinion of's Astros beat writer Brian McTaggart.

Fantasy Tip: Giles has strung together five consecutive scoreless outings with five strikeouts through four innings and just three base runners allowed. Closer Luke Gregerson, meanwhile, has surrendered an 8.10 ERA and blown three saves during his past seven outings. Giles could work his way back into the ninth-inning gig sooner than later if the two relievers continue on their current trends. Those in need of saves can take a speculative gamble on Giles.

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Astros | Ken Giles moved out of eighth inning

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:32:15 -0700

Houston Astros RP Ken Giles will be moved out of the eighth inning after his 9.00 ERA in his first 11 appearances. "I met with Ken and told him I am easing the burden of the eighth inning off him," manager A.J. Hinch said. "I just gave him a heads up he may not get the eighth to give him a physical, mental break. It's not an announcement as much as if it comes to the eighth and don't see Giles out there, you'll know."

Fantasy Tip: Giles has been one of the biggest pitcher busts in fantasy thus far. However, his stuff is so good that you have to ride it out. Bench him if you can.

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Astros | Ken Giles believed to be healthy

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:54:45 -0700

Houston Astros RP Ken Giles is believed to be healthy, but the reliever's early struggles are a result of mistake pitches.

Fantasy Tip: Giles, who was believed to be the team's closer after the Astros traded for him in the offseason, took the loss after surrendering his third home run of the season Wednesday night. The hard-throwing right-hander has allowed five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. This is good news for Luke Gregerson owners. Giles is likely the long-term closing option in Houston, but his rough start won't endear him to his fantasy owners. Sit tight for now.

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Astros | Ken Giles being hit around

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:45:00 -0700

Houston Astros RP Ken Giles gave up his second home run of the season and two earned runs while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the New York Yankees Thursday, April 7.

Fantasy Tip: The year couldn't have started any worse for Giles' fantasy owners after he was dubbed the eighth-inning setup man for Luke Gregerson in a surprise move. Now, he's already allowed as many home runs as he did in all of 2015. It's not helping his cause to be in consideration for the ninth inning if Gregerson falters. You must keep Giles in all fantasy formats, though.

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Astros | Luke Gregerson the closer

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 06:42:45 -0700

Houston Astros RP Luke Gregerson was named the "primary closer" by manager A.J. Hinch Monday, April 4, over RP Ken Giles.

Fantasy Tip: It's a bit of a curveball because Giles has superior swing-and-miss stuff. Gregerson went undrafted in a lot of leagues because Giles was the favorite for the gig, and he needs to be picked up universally. Giles falls back to an RP3 with elite strikeout potential.

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Astros | Ken Giles set to close?

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:10:24 -0700

Houston Astros RP Ken Giles will be the team's closer, in the opinion of beat writer Brian McTaggart.

Fantasy Tip: Giles and Luke Gregerson are expected to figure into most of the save chances, but the team has been mum on the situation publicly. Giles had a rough start to spring while Gregerson was out with an intercostal injury, but Giles has superior stuff. Giles is a low-end RP1 with high strikeout potential, and Gregerson is a ratios RP3.

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Astros | No closer in Houston yet

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:00:14 -0700

Houston Astros RP Luke Gregerson struck out the side on nine pitches Sunday, March 27, but manager A.J. Hinch avoided a question regarding whether Gregerson or RP Ken Giles would be the closer. "I'm trying to deflate some of the eagerness of status," Hinch said. "I'd like our bullpen to be good and I'd like all of them to embrace pitching to help us win, which they do. We will line it up accordingly like most people are accustomed to it. It doesn't mean the same guy is going to get the save all the time."

Fantasy Tip: While he doesn't definitely name anyone, Giles was expected to be the front runner. He has had a rough spring, and Gregerson just got back from an injury. We still favor Giles here on pure stuff, but it sounds like Gregerson is right on his tail. Giles is an RP2 in fantasy, and Gregerson is climbing up to the midrange RP3 range.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Houston Chronicle - Evan Drellich

Astros | Ken Giles is the real deal

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:29:59 -0700

Houston Astros RP Ken Giles has a 1.56 ERA in 113 major league outings, which is the second lowest in history behind Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon (1.50) among relievers who worked at least 100 innings in their first two seasons. Only Kansas City Royals RP Wade Davis (0.97) and New York Yankees RP Dellin Betances (1.45) have a better ERA in the last two years. Giles also has 14 fastballs clocked at 100 mph or higher in that time.

Giles' slider is his bread and butter, though; Hitters have a slash line of .143/.178/.181 against the slider on 725 pitches. They have resulted in 183 swings and misses and only 26 hits. The swing-and-miss rate of Giles' slider (25.2%) is almost identical to the whiff rate of Boston Red Sox RP Craig Kimbrel's slider (25.5%).

Fantasy Tip: Giles is flying under the radar a bit in fantasy drafts because his lack of experience, but his numbers in two years with the Phillies really jump off the page when you look closer. Now that he's the expected closer on a contending team in Houston, Giles could certainly finish the year in the conversation of the top five closers in baseball.

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Astros | Ken Giles continues to struggle

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 15:02:17 -0700

Houston Astros RP Ken Giles struck out a pair in an inning of work on Sunday, March 20, but was tagged for two runs and three hits against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Fantasy Tip: It would be easy to chalk up his struggles to facing his former team, but Giles has given up at least one run in four of his five exhibition outings, leading to an unsightly 10.80 ERA and 2.20 WHIP. The Phillies' former setup man has the potential to be one of the best closers due to his elite strikeout potential, so owners need to track his progress the rest of the spring before buying into him as a potential top-five closer.

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Astros | Luke Gregerson expects to close?

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:09:48 -0800

Houston Astros RP Luke Gregerson said he doesn't see why anything should change in the back of the bullpen, even after the Astros traded for RP Ken Giles this offseason. "I don't see any reason things should change. Bringing the guy we brought in, he's got a strong power arm...great addition," Gregerson said.

Fantasy Tip: Gregerson had fine results as he finally stepped into a closer role last year with 31 saves and a 3.10 ERA for the 'Stros. But the addition of Giles likely cements Gregerson as an eighth-inning setup man this year. Giles could easily be a top-10 fantasy closer, but Gregerson still deserves attention late in drafts as Giles' handcuff or just for his great overall numbers.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: - Brian McTaggart