By: Noah Wright
Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle
In a slightly surprising move, The Houston Astros have optioned closer Ken Giles to triple-A for the time being. Giles was originally acquired by The Astros in the deal that brought him over from The Phillies for Vince Velazquez, Mark Appel, Brett Oberholtzer, and 2 other minor league players. While the hard throwing righty, performed very well in the regular season last year, he hasn’t been the same since struggling in the postseason. This season, Giles stats are kinda all over the place. To start, he has a 4.99 ERA, but a 2.25 FIP in 30 and two thirds innings. He has a career low .9 walks/9, but a career low strikeout rate. While Giles also has a career high 10.6 hits/9, he has only given up 2 home runs. However his stats may not be the only reason he was demoted, as we have seen him beat himself up after giving up a home run to Yankees’ catcher Gary Sanchez, and have recently heard about outbursts against manager A.J. Hinch.
In his place The Astros will recall lefty Cionel Perez. Right hander Hector Rondon will likely take over the closer role, but has already seen more and more time at the closing out games. The Stros also have other decent options behind Rondon as Chris Devenski, Brad Peacock, and Collin McHugh have also had decent seasons so far as well.