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Monday, September 24, 2018

Ken Giles: ‘I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston’

Blue Jays closer Ken Giles hasn’t exactly turned things around since joining the Blue Jays on July 31, when the club sent embattled closer Roberto Osuna to the Astros. Giles posted a 4.99 ERA in 30 2/3 innings with the Astros, then put up a slightly less miserable 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings with the Jays. Still, he’s much happier with the Jays than he was with the Astros, even after winning the World Series with them last year. He said to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star, “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston. It’s kind of weird to say that because I won a World Series with that team. But it’s like, I just felt trapped there. I didn’t feel like myself there. Overall, I felt out of place.”

So, what do we suppose this actually means, reading between the lines?

QLE Posted: September 24, 2018 at 05:09 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, blue jays, ken giles

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   1. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 24, 2018 at 08:37 AM (#5750401)
That reads like a guy who didn't like the pressure of being on a contender. Obviously he pitched very well last year for them (until October) but that was my thought as soon as I read the headline.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 24, 2018 at 02:25 PM (#5750721)
So are Astros fans, Ken.
   3. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 24, 2018 at 02:43 PM (#5750743)
The weight of expectations.

With the Phillies, he was a 7th round draft pick who was a reliever. He compiled 1.5 years of reliever very-goodness at 23/24 years old on two bad Phillies teams.

Then the Astros traded a large package for him to be their closer. He was expected to be great, and was for one season out of 2.5.

Now he is basically a scrub bullpen arm in Toronto with zero expectations.
   4. dlf Posted: September 24, 2018 at 03:36 PM (#5750799)
I'm hoping that there are many more years of these in the future, but as of now, the last Roger Angell article available at The New Yorker is about Giles from May of this year.
   5. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 24, 2018 at 03:41 PM (#5750805)
That reads like a guy who didn't like the pressure of being on a contender.

Reminds me of Ruben Sierra's comments after being traded from Texas to Oakland that Oakland was "too focused on winning" or something to that effect.
   6. weiss-man Posted: September 24, 2018 at 04:01 PM (#5750824)
I think that was when Sierra left the Yankees.
   7. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 24, 2018 at 04:10 PM (#5750832)
Oh yeah. That incident was the Yankees. I thought it was the A's because LaRussa was definitely the source of the "village idiot" description of Sierra.

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