Why is Ken Giles at Triple-A?: 'To get my groove back, that’s all I’m here to do'

Astros reliever Ken Giles is in Triple-A for a simple reason.

“Trying to get my groove back,” he told the Albuquerque Journal Friday. “That’s all I’m here to do.”

Giles had a rough first half posting a 4.99 ERA in 34 games, and in his final outing July 10, he allowed three singles which resulted in three runs and he appeared to have some choice words for manager A.J. Hinch when he was taken out of the game.

He was sent down the next day and has been pitching with the Fresno Grizzlies ever since.

The 27-year-old has had success this season. He is 12 for 12 in save situations and has yet to give up a run in any of those outings.

However, every other time he has been on the mound he has struggled posting an 8.20 ERA in 18 2/3 innings pitched. 

At times it has been clear he has struggled to put away batters in those situations, which is what the Astros have said he needs to work on. Giles said he wasn’t getting the proper reps to fix what was ailing him.

“We had a lot of guys pitching well and I wasn’t getting many opportunities to work out the kinks,” he said. “I’m getting opportunities here and I plan to take advantage, get back up and help the club.”

Since his demotion to Triple-A, Giles has only pitched in non-save situations. He has posted a 3.86 ERA in three outings while allowing four hits in 2 1/3 innings.

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