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Toronto Blue Jays

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March 12, 2020 01:28 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Looks ready for Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles struck out one in a perfect inning of relief during Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

The two teams combined for eight homers during the game, but the Jays' closer breezed through a scoreless sixth inning. Giles has a 2.25 ERA, 0.25 WHIP and 4:0 K:BB through four spring innings, and he already appears ready for the regular season.

January 10, 2020 04:44 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Gets close to $10 million
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles agreed to a one-year, $9.6 million deal with the Blue Jays, avoiding arbitration, Scott Mitchell of reports.

This is his third and final year as an arbitration-eligible player before he hits the open market. Giles will be unchallenged as the Jays' closer as long as he is healthy and reasonably effective, but it's possible he could be dangled in trades at the deadline if Toronto falls out of the playoff mix.

September 29, 2019 01:12 AM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Earns save No. 23
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles threw a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout against the Rays on Saturday en route to his 23rd save of the season.

Giles' availability has been somewhat limited down the stretch -- he was not cleared to throw on back-to-back days after returning from an elbow injury in early August -- but he continued to pitch brilliantly when called upon. There's no reason to think those limitations will be lifted at this point, so this will almost certainly be it for Giles' 2019. He ends the year with a sparkling 1.87 ERA and only one blown save in 24 chances.

September 27, 2019 01:44 AM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Strikes out side in save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles struck out the side while allowing zero baserunners to earn his 22nd save of the season against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Impressively, Giles struck out the side on just 10 pitches, finishing one ball shy of an immaculate inning. Even if Giles gets a save in each of Toronto's final three games, he will finish shy of his save total last season, but that's hardly his fault. He is 22-for-23 in save opportunities with a 2-3 record, 1.90 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 52 innings this season.

September 21, 2019 12:16 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Posts 21st save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles didn't allow a baserunner and struck out two during the ninth inning to record his 21st save in a win over the Yankees on Friday.

The 28-year-old gave up a run in his prior outing, but he pushed his ERA back below 2.00 with his latest scoreless inning. Giles has pitched very well over the last month, posting a 2.08 ERA with six saves and no blown opportunities in his last 13 appearances. Overall, Giles is 2-3 with a 1.98 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 79 strikeouts in 50 innings this season.

September 16, 2019 11:44 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Posts 20th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles pitched a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to record his 20th save during a 6-4 victory against the Yankees on Sunday.

He doesn't get many save opportunities, but Giles has put together a solid season. He has 20 saves with only one blown opportunity, which came all the way back on April 11, and in his last 11 appearances, he owns a 1.64 ERA. Giles is also 2-3 with a 1.88 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 48 innings this season.

September 12, 2019 12:12 AM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Posts 19th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles allowed one hit and a walk but struck out two during the ninth to nail down his 19th save in a 4-3 victory against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Things got a little hairy, as the tying run reached scoring position with one out, but Giles shut the door with a strikeout and flyball for the final two outs. He doesn't get many opportunities, but the 28-year-old only has one blown save and has converted 16 straight chances. Giles is 2-3 with 19 saves, 1.96 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 46 innings this season.

August 27, 2019 11:12 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Records 17th save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to record the save Tuesday against the Braves.

Giles was called upon in the ninth inning to preserve a two-run lead. After allowing a leadoff single to Billy Hamilton, he retired the next three batters he faced to record his 17th save of the campaign. He's now turned in five consecutive scoreless appearances, bringing his ERA to a stellar mark of 1.71. He's also managed a 1.10 WHIP as well as 69 strikeouts across 42 innings on the season.

August 26, 2019 06:12 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Fans two in non-save situation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning during Sunday's 3-1 loss to Seattle.

Giles was reinstated from the paternity list on Sunday, and the Blue Jays likely just wanted to get him loose again considering he'd appeared in only one game since Aug. 16. The 28-year-old righty lowered his ERA to 1.76 with a 67:15 K:BB.

August 25, 2019 02:40 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Rejoins big club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Blue Jays reinstated Giles (personal) from the paternity list ahead of Sunday's game against the Mariners.

Toronto optioned right-handed reliever Justin Shafer to Triple-A Buffalo in order to open up a spot for Giles in the bullpen and on the active roster. Giles was only away from the team for three days, so he should immediately step back into the closing role for Toronto, pushing Derek Law to setup duties.

August 24, 2019 05:56 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Expected to rejoin team Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles (paternity) is scheduled to rejoin the Blue Jays on Sunday, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.

After spending a few days away attending to the birth of his son, Giles will return to the active roster for the series finale in Seattle and will presumably be available to close should a save situation present itself. Giles hasn't blown a save since the All-Star break, but he has been dealing with a nagging elbow injury, which has opened the door for Derek Law to collect three saves this month.

August 22, 2019 07:00 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Lands on paternity list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles was placed on the paternity list prior to Thursday's game against the Dodgers, Shi Davidi of reports.

He must miss Thursday's game, but no more than three games, meaning he will be back by Sunday, at the latest. Derek Law should serve as the closer while Giles is away. Jordan Romano was recalled in a corresponding move.

August 14, 2019 01:40 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Returns to earn save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles allowed one walk and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Tuesday against the Rangers.

Giles made his first appearance since Aug. 7 but showed little rust, allowing only a walk en route to his 16th save of the season. This outing strengthens the probability that Giles avoids the injured list, as he consistently sat between 96 and 97 mph with his fastball. For the season, he maintains a strong 1.89 ERA and 1.11 WHIP while striking out 62 across 38 innings.

August 12, 2019 04:32 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Available if needed Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles (elbow) is available out of the bullpen Monday against the Rangers, Scott Mitchell of reports.

Giles hasn't pitched since Wednesday -- when he allowed two runs on three hits to earn the save against the Rays -- due to an ongoing elbow issue, but he'll be available Monday if needed after playing catch with no issues over the weekend. Derek Law has been serving as Toronto's closer in place of Giles, who has made just two appearances since July 27 due to the elbow issue.

August 11, 2019 03:36 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Avoids IL stint
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles (elbow) played catch Sunday and felt good enough that the Blue Jays will hold off on placing him on the injured list, Shi Davidi of reports.

The Jays had Billy McKinney up in case they had to make the move with Giles, but the closer was able to stave off such a transaction. It is unclear if he is available for Sunday's game, but in theory he should be available to enter a game in the coming days. Derek Law could be an option to get saves if Giles is unavailable or lands on the shelf.

August 10, 2019 07:40 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Could return to injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Charlie Montoyo said Giles' arm "isn't bouncing back" as expected and a trip to the injured list is being considered, Scott Mitchell of reports.

Giles received a cortisone shot at the end of July to address right elbow inflammation and he apparently isn't fully past the issue. It doesn't sound as though the 28-year-old has necessarily suffered a setback, but he clearly isn't recovering as planned from what was described as a minor injury. Even if Giles is able to avoid a trip to the shelf, he seems unlikely to be available for the next couple of days.

August 7, 2019 07:08 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Struggles to convert save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles allowed two earned runs on three hits while striking out two across an inning to earn the save Wednesday against the Rays.

Giles was able to hold onto a three-run lead to earn his 15th save of the season, but he was unconvincing in doing so. After retiring the leadoff hitter, Giles allowed a single followed by a two-run home run by Mike Zunino to trim the lead to one. He was able to strike out two of the final three batters he faced to close the game, though it was the first time since April 11 that he allowed multiple earned runs in an outing. Given his strong 1.95 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 61 strikeouts across 37 innings, there's no major reason for concern unless it becomes apparent that his recent return from an elbow injury was premature.

August 7, 2019 01:24 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Not cleared for back-to-back games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles is not yet cleared to pitch in back-to-back games, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

Giles got back on the mound Sunday after missing a brief period with elbow inflammation, an injury which played a large part in him staying put at the deadline. He wasn't available Monday for that reason but will be available for Tuesday's contest.

August 5, 2019 02:52 AM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Makes return in non-save situation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles (elbow) tossed a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Orioles, allowing no hits and a walk and striking out a batter.

The appearance was Giles' first since July 27 while he missed time due to right elbow inflammation. Concerns over Giles' health ultimately killed his trade value prior to Wednesday's deadline, but now that he's back in action again, he should immediately reclaim his role as Toronto's closer. Giles has been one of the top endgamers throughout the campaign, converting 14 of 15 save chances while supplying a 1.54 ERA and 58:11 K:BB over 35 innings.

August 3, 2019 05:44 PM
Blue Jays' Ken Giles: Should be available Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Giles (elbow) should be available out of the bullpen Sunday against the Orioles, Shi Davidi of reports.

He threw 15 pitches off a mound Saturday, which Davidi thinks will be the final step in his rehab from elbow inflammation. This was the first time he threw off a mound since getting a cortisone shot earlier in the week.

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vs LHB 25.200 2.810736
vs RHB 27.100 0.9901047
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