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Ken Giles named Closer

Discussion in 'Houston Astros' started by rocketpower2, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. rocketpower2

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    <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hinch names Ken Giles the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Astros?src=hash">#Astros</a> closer <a href="https://t.co/o51t4dquEq">pic.twitter.com/o51t4dquEq</a></p>&mdash; Jordan Ray (@JordanLRay) <a href="https://twitter.com/JordanLRay/status/760587481511264256">August 2, 2016</a></blockquote>
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    Nice.
     
  2. Fyreball

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    Makes sense.
     
  3. Houstunna

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    The Era begins

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    Hinch said, "Giles will pitch the 9th, when he's not pitching other innings".

    Whatever that means
     
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    Giles struck out dudes at a 18.62 K/9(!!!!) clip in July over 8.2 innings.
     
  5. Nick_713

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    That's the "indirect-direct" way of calling Giles closer.
     
  6. LongTimeFan

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    With another IP last night and 3 more Ks...
     
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    Yeah, maybe he meant tie-game in the 9th, Giles would be saved until a lead was gotten.

    Last night, the most critical situation was the 8th due to the lineup that was due up.
     
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    This is impressive. We need to be able to lock it down in the 9th.
     
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    Definite gas can vibe from Giles. Hope he can handle it better than the previous few.
     
  11. rocketpower2

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    Huh? He had one rough month, other than that he has been a top 5 relief pitcher in baseball. More than 1.5 years of past dominance at the backend of a bullpen.

    People let original small sample sizes cloud their opinions so much. It is a stubborn way to approach the judgment of players.
     
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    Honestly I'm tired of how baseball is now with a different pitcher for the 7,8,9 inning. If a pitcher comes in and dominates his three batters let him pitch the next inning to its that simple
     
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    Velocity, location, movement ....nasty stuff...has stabilized and then some ...confidence in giddyup/location on that fastball.... which mixes with it's companion slider (which he's locating well too) to make him almost untouchable.... Imposing as all get out...Big psychological edge. This is the guy we traded for.

    Giles is a monster.
     
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    Remember how unhittable Harris was...until he wasn't? lol
     
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    There is a massive difference. Giles produces whiffs are a crazy rate... Harris relies on weak contact. Giles can miss his spot and still get misses due to his crazy good two pitch mix.
     
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    I've always said that bit those darn analytics :)
     
  17. Derp McFlopsky

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    To me closer role has always implied a pitcher with some stuff. Some heat. A breaking ball that can't be tracked....something. I don't think horrid fit that vibe whereas Giles definitely does.
     
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    Brilliant autocorrect lol...
     
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    Means If Cruz, Cano, etc is up in the eighth. That's really the save
     
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